Fast & Furious 6 has one goal: satisfy its target audience. Who is its target audience? The fans who keep coming back for each installment in this inexplicably interminable franchise. Luckily, this movie does indeed give the audience generally what it wants: one liners, gravelly voices, very imaginative car chases/explosions, and girls wearing very little.
Interestingly, this one focuses on the theme of family, which may be why it actually approaches the rating of ‘good movie’.
Oh, and if you thought this was the last of the series, think again. Watch through some of the credits; you’ll see where we’re going next.
Here’s a trailer:
Released May 24, 2013
Written by Chris Morgan, with characters by Gary Scott Thompson
Directed by Justin Lin
Starring Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky, Gina Carano, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Chris Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, and Luke Evans
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Dom Toretto (Diesel) and his crew have finally gotten out of the business after their big score in Rio. He’s shacked up with Elena (Pataky) and his sister Mia (Brewster) and Brian (Walker) are now committed parents of a tiny baby. The old crew is living high, with Roman (Gibson) chartering planes to party after party, Tej (Bridges) being a wealthy Robin Hood, and Han (Kang) and Gisele (Gadot) wandering Japan together.
But Hobbs (Johnson) shows up again, this time with Riley (Carano) as a sidekick, and Hobbs needs Toretto’s help. A high-tech gang of car-based thieves, led by Owen Shaw (Evans) is running sophisticated jobs, stealing all kinds of fancy components. These are components of a terrible weapon that a well-funded terrorist group would love to get its hands on. The kicker? Letty (Rodriguez) is actually alive and seems to have amnesia, and Shaw has convinced her that she belongs with him.
Now Toretto has to get his crew together and track Shaw and Letty down, stop Shaw’s evil plan, and rescue Letty. Which leads to all kinds of fancy car maneuvering, very noisy gear shifting, and some impressively fast-paced set-pieces.
Making things difficult is Shaw, because he’s smart and doesn’t act like a normal movie villain. Credit to the screenwriter here making Shaw a believable villain.
We know how this will unfold. The villain will get away a few times, although a henchman or two, or more, will bite the dust in the process. Of course, the villain always has more henchmen in the wings. We will find out that there is a traitor, and that the team has played right into the villain’s hands. But the hero team will never give up despite the odds, and they will get the better of the bad guy.
All of this is indeed what happens. But along the way, something else surprising occurs. Relationships are explored. Self-sacrifice is made. People use their brains to make the plot more interesting, as opposed to being stupid to make the plot convenient and easy.
Sure, there are all kinds of idiotic one-liners, and some of the delivery is smackable, plus there are gratuitous explosions and a large amount of flesh is shown off.
But the movie entertains and delivers a surprise or two. It certainly isn’t great cinema, but it’s fun for a certain type of movie-goer and the acting isn’t so bad you want to yank your hair out and pray that Meryl Streep would show up. No, this isn’t my favorite type of movie, but I found myself enjoying it for the most part.
Content warnings: Some salty language, plenty of violence and explosions, some suggestive behavior.
Writing: 3.5 Acting: 3 Overall: 3
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