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Review: Fast and Furious 6

Fast and Furious 6
05.21.2013
8 10

PLOT: Dom Toretto and his crew of speed demons have to collaborate with the government to stop of vicious British mercenary from obtaining a powerful weapon.

REVIEW: I'm not quite sure when it happened - it was somewhere between the first big chase through London and the hilarious final moment of an insane tank pursuit - but at some point during FAST AND FURIOUS 6, I let go of my cynicism and overall resistance to this series and just allowed myself to revel in the shameless, escapist fun of Justin Lin's world. At the risk of sounding too much like a blurb on a poster, this movie delivers some high-octane thrills and intensely mindless fun, sporting at least two prolonged action sequences that are absolute knock-outs. The gleeful destruction on hand is exactly what you want a summer movie to provide, and then some.

And imagine my surprise. See, I'm no fan of the FAST AND FURIOUS movies; I've never been able to get enthusiastic over its noisy car races (for me, a car race equals instant sleepiness), nor am I particularly fond of either of its stars, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Even the last installment, FAST FIVE, which appears to be the agreed-upon champ of the franchise, did not do a much for me, save for that climactic vault-dragging heist.

I'm not certain what changed here that has resulted in me being swept up in Lin's testosterone-fueled craziness; it could just be that those two aforementioned set-pieces are such delirious, chaotic fun that I had no choice but to admire the fact that the creative team has gone into James Bond territory in terms of how large-scale and catastrophic the action is. A sequence where a tank rolls along an elevated highway, coldly smashing up the helpless cars in its path while our heroes attempt to stop it, culminates in a rescue that had the audience I saw the film with in stitches. We're talking gales of laughter and applause, and I was there with them, because at that point the movie truly showed its hand as being self-aware, utterly ridiculous and proud of it. I think previous FAST AND FURIOUS entires have maybe been too caught up in macho seriousness for me to simply have fun with them, but FAST AND FURIOUS 6 dispenses of any false earnestness and goes for broke in all regards.

Don't get me wrong, though, there are still plenty of scenes where Vin Diesel grumbles about loyalty and family and he and Paul Walker stare meaningfully at each other and blah, blah. FAST AND FURIOUS is actually at its most absurd when it's attempting to wring heartfelt moments and sentimentality out of completely one-note characters. FURIOUS 6 attempts to give some significance to the fact that Diesel's once thought-dead lady love Michelle Rodriguez is back in the picture, but working for the wrong team, which conflicts Diesel and urges him to get her back on the right side. But this stuff is fairly unimportant, at least to the casual observer like me, and the movie doesn't dwell on it excessively. Other subplots are just as inconsequential.

The main "plot" is this: Diesel and Walker have to reassemble the team from FAST FIVE again, this time to help Agent Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) track down hot shot bad guy Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), who is on the loose in London and using souped-up automobiles to pull off elaborate stunts much in the same way as Diesel and co. Naturally, no government in the world can stop this guy. It almost takes no time at all to convince Diesel, since Rodriguez's character is working with Shaw, but the real kicker is that Shaw is on the hunt for some kind of deadly device that can black out a country for 24 hours; he plans to sell this to the highest bidder. Or something like that. It's not important; this device comes in a metal briefcase and serves as the film's "MacGuffin", meaning it doesn't matter what it actually does, all that matters is that the bad guy wants it and the good guys have to stop him and save the world and all that. (Yes, they went from racing cars in L.A. streets to saving the damn world.)

FAST AND FURIOUS 6 wisely knows how foolhardy it would be to devote too much time into the villain's motives or methods. (You'd think an international criminal like Shaw would want to underplay his devious acts, but no, he's so loud and destructive that you can see him coming a mile away.) It's aim is to keep the audience knocked back in its collective seat for over two hours, and it does so rather impressively. There are multiple fistfights, chases, shoot-outs and about a hundred different shots of cars flying through the air/through a building/off a bridge. The little kid in you - hell, the grown-ass adult, too - will be powerless to resist all this cartoonish mayhem. Perhaps my favorite moment in this movie, and it happens again and again, is the one where a person gets out of their moving-at-100mph-car through the window do either jump on another car, shoot at someone, or both. I swear that happens at least half a dozen times here. I'm never really sure how the car keeps driving, but I assume these guys have provisions for such occasions.

The film builds a stirring momentum and leads to a climactic cargo plane takedown, which is a hoot and a half. Sometimes I was not even sure what the hell was going on in this sequence - Lin's camera is always shaking, the editors have frantically chopped everything up to within an inch of its life - but at various times I saw a plane dragging three cars up in the air, a guy get thrown into the engine, multiple cars zoom in and out of the back, about five different fistfights, and a whole lot more. It's exhausting in just the right way; when it's over you literally have to take a breath and wipe the dopey smile off your face. Hey, that's the kind of reaction you want a movie of this sort to conjure, and FAST AND FURIOUS 6 does it, does it very well

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11:49AM on 05/23/2013

HOLY SMOKES, goooood! Best movie of the Summer!

As if the summer couldn't get any better. I just walked out of FAST 6, and darnit this movie literally KNOCKED me out of my seat. Paul Walker should definitely get more gigs for action movies, because he could easily be the next Bourne, to put it mildly, he kicks ASS! This movie really takes a more serious note, by being more grounded in reality and realistic, which I LOVED. The storyline reminded me of HEAT (not that great of a movie) mixed with The Oceans 11 series (Oceans 12 the best!).
As if the summer couldn't get any better. I just walked out of FAST 6, and darnit this movie literally KNOCKED me out of my seat. Paul Walker should definitely get more gigs for action movies, because he could easily be the next Bourne, to put it mildly, he kicks ASS! This movie really takes a more serious note, by being more grounded in reality and realistic, which I LOVED. The storyline reminded me of HEAT (not that great of a movie) mixed with The Oceans 11 series (Oceans 12 the best!). All the characters had amazing chemistry and played off each other FLAWLESSLY. I'm glad this series is starting to take itself more seriously, and Vin Diesel had many emotional turns, which I won't spoil, but I even shed a tear or two during them.
The only bad thing I can say about this movie, is that it ENDED. Fast 7 needs to hurry up and come out now.
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4:47PM on 05/21/2013
I believe the Fast & Furious only get better with each installment because they stopped trying to make them so serious ( which I thought Fast & Furious with bringing back everyone did) & they are now just fun & over the top films. They are easily the definition of a summer popcorn movie. You can just check your level of disbelief at the door. I can't wait to watch this movie & just disappear for 2 hours of high octane nonsense.
I believe the Fast & Furious only get better with each installment because they stopped trying to make them so serious ( which I thought Fast & Furious with bringing back everyone did) & they are now just fun & over the top films. They are easily the definition of a summer popcorn movie. You can just check your level of disbelief at the door. I can't wait to watch this movie & just disappear for 2 hours of high octane nonsense.
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3:43PM on 05/21/2013
I love the Fast and Furious movies. They're total guilty pleasures and I love 'em. Cannot wait to see this Friday night in a giant XD theater.
I love the Fast and Furious movies. They're total guilty pleasures and I love 'em. Cannot wait to see this Friday night in a giant XD theater.
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12:49PM on 05/21/2013

I hated this series...

Out of all of them 1 and 5 were the only watchable ones. How does Michael Bay get so much shit yet these movies get off free. When I say I liked the 5th one though, I mean it was actually in my top 5 action movies of the year. It blew me away with how cool it was. This 6th one though looks horrible, it looks so bad and congested with retcon and horrible amnesia plotholes it is a mess.
Out of all of them 1 and 5 were the only watchable ones. How does Michael Bay get so much shit yet these movies get off free. When I say I liked the 5th one though, I mean it was actually in my top 5 action movies of the year. It blew me away with how cool it was. This 6th one though looks horrible, it looks so bad and congested with retcon and horrible amnesia plotholes it is a mess.
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2:32PM on 05/21/2013
Maybe see the movie first before you form an opinion.
Maybe see the movie first before you form an opinion.
12:04PM on 05/21/2013

looks good

i cant wait to see this movie 5 was great
i cant wait to see this movie 5 was great
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12:50PM on 05/21/2013
A lot of people who liked the 5th one are saying this one is a huge letdown and is not good at all. Don't get your hopes up, this series is so hit and miss you can't anticipate a sequel based on the last one released.
A lot of people who liked the 5th one are saying this one is a huge letdown and is not good at all. Don't get your hopes up, this series is so hit and miss you can't anticipate a sequel based on the last one released.
12:01PM on 05/21/2013

8 seriously?????

I saw it last night and its appalling. The action isn't even that good, its just loads of quick edits and you never fully see what is going on. The acting is turd, the dialogue is dire and the concept is stupid. A bunch of street hoods and an ex cop come up against a bunch of SAS trained soldiers. The film should have been over in the first 15 minutes because, they would have been wiped off the map the first time they met. And when did they become super human?
I saw it last night and its appalling. The action isn't even that good, its just loads of quick edits and you never fully see what is going on. The acting is turd, the dialogue is dire and the concept is stupid. A bunch of street hoods and an ex cop come up against a bunch of SAS trained soldiers. The film should have been over in the first 15 minutes because, they would have been wiped off the map the first time they met. And when did they become super human?
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12:51PM on 05/21/2013
Thank you! This movie is so horrible. I actually enjoyed the last one and thought it was very well done but this is a huge step back. I can't believe this got an 8 either. It is like a 4.5.
Thank you! This movie is so horrible. I actually enjoyed the last one and thought it was very well done but this is a huge step back. I can't believe this got an 8 either. It is like a 4.5.
11:48AM on 05/21/2013

saw it last night and loved it....

It does exactly what you want it to and more.... I didn't think the last movie could be topped as in the ending, but this one did it... I wont spoil anything... Just go see it and smile for 2 hours.
It does exactly what you want it to and more.... I didn't think the last movie could be topped as in the ending, but this one did it... I wont spoil anything... Just go see it and smile for 2 hours.
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11:34AM on 05/21/2013
I can already hear the fans whining about the series moving away from racing. I am actually excited for this film. I watched the old F&F movies typically out of boredom and because of their remote entertainment value, though only one in theaters. But after the craziness that was F&F 5, I'm all in. I understand James Wan will direct the next film, and I can't see that being all that great. He does a decent job with horror, but we all saw how his attempt at Dragonball went, the only action film
I can already hear the fans whining about the series moving away from racing. I am actually excited for this film. I watched the old F&F movies typically out of boredom and because of their remote entertainment value, though only one in theaters. But after the craziness that was F&F 5, I'm all in. I understand James Wan will direct the next film, and I can't see that being all that great. He does a decent job with horror, but we all saw how his attempt at Dragonball went, the only action film he's done. Still, I can call myself a fan now. Looking forward to this installment.
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11:43AM on 05/21/2013
It was James Wong who directed Dragonball, actually, and yes, it's a huge pile of shit.

Wan is actually no slouch at action, check out Death Sentence if you haven't. He could do some interesting things with the next installment.
It was James Wong who directed Dragonball, actually, and yes, it's a huge pile of shit.

Wan is actually no slouch at action, check out Death Sentence if you haven't. He could do some interesting things with the next installment.
11:27AM on 05/21/2013
I know and fully acknowledge that this series isn't good per at, but excluding the mind-numbing stupidity of '2 Fast 2 Furious', I have enjoyed all of them to varying degrees. I am very pleased to hear that this new one delivers on all the crazy I have come to expect.
I know and fully acknowledge that this series isn't good per at, but excluding the mind-numbing stupidity of '2 Fast 2 Furious', I have enjoyed all of them to varying degrees. I am very pleased to hear that this new one delivers on all the crazy I have come to expect.
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11:25AM on 05/21/2013
This movie was awesome, saw it at the world premiere 2 weeks ago, I can't wait for Fast 7, Justin Lin did a great job I just hope the new director for Fast 7 doesnt screw it up and Hobbs returns
This movie was awesome, saw it at the world premiere 2 weeks ago, I can't wait for Fast 7, Justin Lin did a great job I just hope the new director for Fast 7 doesnt screw it up and Hobbs returns
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11:13AM on 05/21/2013

the racers are now the best Commando Team

this is ridiculous
this is ridiculous
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11:29AM on 05/21/2013
I know its ridiculous but hasn't that been the point of Fast and the Furious films.
I know its ridiculous but hasn't that been the point of Fast and the Furious films.
11:07AM on 05/21/2013
Nice review. I saw this last Saturday and it was everything I wanted from a summer popcorn flick. I was never bored during the 130 minute run-time. My girl even loved it for what it is. I highly recommend seeing this if you want to have a lot of fun.
Nice review. I saw this last Saturday and it was everything I wanted from a summer popcorn flick. I was never bored during the 130 minute run-time. My girl even loved it for what it is. I highly recommend seeing this if you want to have a lot of fun.
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10:57AM on 05/21/2013
frankly, i am a big fan of F&F 1, 4 and 5, for me the 2nd and 3rd installment never happened, and although i still havenŽt seen this one, iŽm pretty sure iŽll join it to the like list :)
frankly, i am a big fan of F&F 1, 4 and 5, for me the 2nd and 3rd installment never happened, and although i still havenŽt seen this one, iŽm pretty sure iŽll join it to the like list :)
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10:49AM on 05/21/2013
Just got back from this, it was pretty good stuff. The action sequences were well-staged, physics be damned, and I liked the mix of "vehicular warfare" and some very cool hand-to-hand scraps in which Gina Carano and Joe Taslim got to strut their stuff.
Just got back from this, it was pretty good stuff. The action sequences were well-staged, physics be damned, and I liked the mix of "vehicular warfare" and some very cool hand-to-hand scraps in which Gina Carano and Joe Taslim got to strut their stuff.
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10:28AM on 05/21/2013
The film was good fun. I've mentioned before but The Expendables would benefit from the kind of action and stunts in this movie. They should either go slightly more realistic/serious like The Raid or crazy escapist fun like this movie. I can imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger jumping off a car to catch Sylvester Stallone, lol.

I liked the casting of Joe Taslim (from The Raid). Shaw was a brilliant villain, finally giving the other guys a run for their money in terms of driving stunts.

Is it me
The film was good fun. I've mentioned before but The Expendables would benefit from the kind of action and stunts in this movie. They should either go slightly more realistic/serious like The Raid or crazy escapist fun like this movie. I can imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger jumping off a car to catch Sylvester Stallone, lol.

I liked the casting of Joe Taslim (from The Raid). Shaw was a brilliant villain, finally giving the other guys a run for their money in terms of driving stunts.

Is it me or is Vin Diesel not as cool as he used to be?

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10:20AM on 05/21/2013
8/10? Heck, bring on Fast 7 and Fast 8!
8/10? Heck, bring on Fast 7 and Fast 8!
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10:12AM on 05/21/2013
Who would have thought that the Fast franchise would last for 6 movies? This sounds like a lot of fun just like Fast Five. Can't wait!!
Who would have thought that the Fast franchise would last for 6 movies? This sounds like a lot of fun just like Fast Five. Can't wait!!
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10:07AM on 05/21/2013
this franchise went from street racing to superheroes. bet at some point they go into space like Jason X.
this franchise went from street racing to superheroes. bet at some point they go into space like Jason X.
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4:53PM on 05/21/2013
Think thats the only way to go now!
Think thats the only way to go now!
6:30PM on 05/21/2013
Hahaha...
Think a R Rated Pod Race, with swearing, gunfights, fistfight, lots of explosions...
And NO FUCKING MIDICLORIENS !!!
Hahaha...
Think a R Rated Pod Race, with swearing, gunfights, fistfight, lots of explosions...
And NO FUCKING MIDICLORIENS !!!
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