Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
In this latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, we find Dom (Vin Diesel) and the rest of the crew spread around the globe enjoying the spoils of the heist they pulled off in Rio. Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) are the parents of a baby boy, Roman (Tyrese Gibson) is a jet-setting playboy, Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele (Gal Gadot) are in Hong Kong, and Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) is playing Robin Hood in South America. When agent Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) shows up offering full pardons in exchange for the crew’s help in taking down a group of highly trained criminals led by an ex-British Special Forces soldier named Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), Dom and the crew decide to come out of retirement for a chance to go back home. Shaw’s team has been stealing military technology and he needs one more piece to complete a device that can knock out a country’s military satellites for 24 hours, leaving them blind to an attack. When Dom and Brian find out that Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is not only alive, but working with Shaw, they decide that they now have two objectives: stop Shaw and save Letty.
If you buy a ticket to see a Fast and Furious movie, you can be relatively sure of what you will be getting. This film delivers everything you want, from crazy car chases to hard-hitting fight scenes to death-defying stunts. The plot holes are big enough to drive a tank through, but you don’t care because director Justin Lin throws one spectacular sequence after another at you, keeping you nailed to the edge of your seat. I liked the new additions to the cast, especially ex-MMA fighter Gina Carano who plays Hobbs’ new partner. Evans gives Shaw plenty of menace and steely-eyed determination, making him the most interesting villain in the franchise so far. There were also a number of good laughs that resulted from a nice, easy chemistry among the cast. If you had told me back in 2001 that the original Fast and the Furious would have spawned five sequels I would have said you were crazy, but here we are. Fast and Furious 6 was incredibly enjoyable and quite possibly the best entry in the series. It is far from perfect, but well worth your movie-going dollar. B
I haven’t seen a Fast and Furious movie since the first one and if you’re like me you have nothing to worry about—within a few moments you will generally be caught up to speed with the story and characters. What you expect is what you’ll get in Fast and Furious 6. This is adrenaline pumping, unrelenting action film—interspersed with brief dialogue and steely gazes. It’s undoubtedly a fun movie, but so incredibly unbelievable that I have a hard time giving it a higher grade because the action sequences are ridiculously implausible. The actors manage to defy all scientific laws of gravity and motion, and yet emerge with virtually no injuries. I am all for movies that transport me to another place and allow me to imagine something unbelievable—but make it a tiny bit realistic. I loved the Bourne films for this reason; they are incredibly tense and well acted; yet the action sequences feel real. B-