Friday, May 24, 2013

Movie Review: Fast and Furious 6 (2013)

Fast and Furious 6 Movie Review Sung Kang, Ludacris, Gal Gadot, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson

Dom (Vin Diesel) and his gang want to settle down in one place after the big heist in the previous movie, but are unable to do so due to the criminal charges against them. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) offers to dismiss all the charges, provided Dom helps him take down Shaw (Luke Evans) and his gang. Dom also has a vested interest in this operation, as his long lost love, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is still alive and working for Shaw.

Evans operates in over 12 countries and has access to highly sophisticated machinery that can derail any pursuing vehicles.

Dom and his crew are outsmarted in the first round, as can be expected. Never one to back down, Dom works to defeat Shaw and win back Letty.

Fast and Furious 6 Movie Review Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne The Rock Johnson and Gina Carano

I have seen the first movie, The Fast and the Furious (2001). That movie had some amazing car chase sequences. I had predicted that the franchise would be surely afflicted with Sequelitis in this sixth outing.

I was in for a major surprise. There are 3 major action sequences and all three are executed nicely by the director, Justin Lin and his stunt crew. Kudos to them on a job very well done.

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There is not much of a plot to speak of. After all, this is a movie about people racing each other on the streets for various purposes, ranging from impressing one another to getting away with stolen money. Most of the characters walk away completely unhurt from car flips and accidents that would definitely cause quite an injury in real life.

To give the movie credit, it does not take itself too seriously. There are lot of self-referential jabs at some of the cast members and the plot itself.

Fast and Furious 6 Movie Review Ludacris, Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson and Luke Evans

Tyrese Gibson provides most of the comic relief. He has some fun exchanges with Ludacris and Dwayne.

Coming to the cast, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker have been doing this roles for such a long time that they can probably do this in their sleep. The rest of the cast, including newcomer Evans fill out their roles nicely.

Fast and Furious 6 Movie Review Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Paul Walker

The movie knows it audience and plays to the gallery - hot looking girls (both lead actresses and extras) and most importantly, grip-the-edge-of-your-seats car chases. There are a couple of fist fights that do not have the impact of the car chases.

Fast and Furious 6 Movie Review Car Chase Action Scenes Sequences are amazing (Tyrese Gibson, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker)

But the car sequences are themselves worth the price of admission. The movie could have used some editing and would have been more effective with lesser running time. As such, there is too much talking time between the chase scenes.

Overall, a near perfect popcorn entertainment and the first 2013 summer movie that I enjoyed. Recommended to fans of the series and readers looking out for a fun action packed blockbuster.

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6 comments:

  1. Ho ho! Great minds think alike! We've both posted a F&F6 review within 30 minutes of each other!! These films are becoming increasingly daft but I do enjoy them. A real guilty pleasure!! The Die Hard2/Die Another Day finale was a bit rubbish though...

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  2. I'll miss Han though, the best character of the franchise! Of course, being dead doesn't stop you being in the films... BTW, B2B, I now have a page on Facebook - look for The Blog of Delights. Like the page and you'll get my reviews to your FB page.

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  3. I have not seen any of the Fast films yet, after all of these positive reviews for Five and Six I should probably give the franchise a go.

    -James

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