I lost interest in the Fast & Furious franchise after the first two films. I felt that they wrapped up things nicely for the most part and that the story wasn’t really worth expanding on any further. I mean, there’s only so much you can do with an ex-cop and illegal street racing. With each installment, the Fast & Furious series continued to lose chunks of what made the original two such enjoyable experiences, and Fast & Furious 6 is no exception. Apparently steering away from its roots and into oncoming traffic is what is desired, as every shift back in terms of quality is a shift forward in terms of money.
Fast & Furious 6 takes place a few months after Fast Five, with the success of the Rio heist, the gang has all retired from the only life they’ve ever known. Brian O’Conner and Dominic’s sister Mia have a son named Jack, Dominic is living with the hot piece of ass Elena, Gisele and Han are living it up in Tokyo, and Tej and Roman are busy being straight-up ballas. Since everything is going so well for the old crew, it’s a given that they are about to get pulled back into the life they sworn they have left for good.
And that’s exactly what happens when DSS agent Luke “The Rock” Hobbs enters the picture. He convinces Dominic and the gang to help bring down a former British Special Forces soldier named Shaw once they are shown a picture of Dom’s former girlfriend, Letty, who was supposedly killed in Fast & Furious. Surprise! Let’s bring back an ex-lover from the dead. No one will see that coming, right? Let’s give her amnesia so she can shoot her ex-lover and toy with his heart!
That’s the level of predictability that is spread throughout Fast & Furious 6. It’s a typical agent-thriller with the occasional chase scene and wealth of shameful one-liners more suited for a film in the early 80’s instead of a film in 2013 that seems to want to be taken seriously – which is a shame, since the film has obvious potential but it’s like the writers pulled everything out of their ass at the last minute as they went along.
Speaking of pulling things out of asses, there were several climatic moments in the film that made the audience growl like pre-teens watching cartoon characters share a kiss. The most notable was at the end of the most “untraditional” chase imaginable where Dominic and Letty turned into superhumans and nearly flew away into to the sun before falling back down to earth. I’m trying to keep spoilers relatively light, but that’s something to be on the lookout for. I have a grasp on how physics work and in theory their little flight could be possible, but not without killing the both of them.
After six movies and the exception of Brian O’Conner and Dominic, I constantly found myself having a hard time caring about any of the characters. As always, Tej and Roman were mainly there for comedic relief and actually served their purpose well. When some of the supporting characters are killed off for dramatic effect, I felt nothing. Maybe because the cast is just too large at this point and it’s hard to focus on anyone other than my personal favorites, but I really wish I could have felt something when certain people died. Slow-motion fall deaths only work when you care about who’s falling.
The truth is, Fast & Furious 6 isn’t a bad movie. It’s just not a good one, either. Despite being very predictable and cringe-worthy at times, it’s still enjoyable if you’re a fan of the franchise and able to suspend your disbelief long enough to enjoy some of the over-the-top car chases, fancy gunplay, and pretty explosions. In my mind, nothing holds a candle to the original two films, but at least Fast & Furious 6 is miles ahead of Tokyo Drift.
In Theaters: May 24, 2013
Runtime: 130 min
Rating: PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language.
Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Official Site: www.thefastandthefurious.com