'Fast & Furious 6' Review: Over the Top Action Can't Stop Runaway Franchise

The Fast & Furious franchise is certainly a peculiar one. An extremely fun time at the theatres, no doubt about that, but how is it that average-ranking films about race cars, muscle guys and half-naked women make its way to blockbuster status?

Usually a series of films doesn’t last this long, especially when the third installment didn’t involve a single member of the original cast. But the Fast & Furious franchise slowly transformed from movies about racing cars to action-packed heist films and added tons of star power into the mix.

Director Justin Lin brings the sixth installment to the Fast & Furious franchise to life just two years after releasing Fast Five.

It’s been 12 years since the original film The Fast and the Furious debuted in 2001, which was followed by 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Fast & Furious. And be prepared Fast & Furious 7 is set for a release sometime next year.

The Fast & Furious franchise succeeds at the box office because fans enjoy watching its charismatic characters, insane action sequences and beautiful fast cars. With each additional film (even Tokyo Drift), the writers have been able to add at least one memorable character into the mix, making the recent Fast films the best of the franchise.

Fast 6 reunites the original crew including Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), Mia (Jordana Brewster) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). Almost everyone from Fast Five returns including Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Gal Gadot, Sung Kang and Elsa Pataky.

Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) gathers Toretto and his team to take down a former Special Ops soldier Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Hobbs has a new partner, Riley (Haywire’s Gina Carano), who helps fill in Toretto about Shaw’s vehicular warfare crimes. As we’ve figured out from the trailers, Letty is back, even though everyone thought she died in a car crash in Fast & Furious. Letty is now linked to Shaw, which confuses the heck out of her ex-beau Toretto, who thought she was gone for good.

It’s no secret that Fast 6 is action-packed, but there is one sequence that stands out above the rest. The best scene in the film involves the Fast crew taking down a rogue tank on a highway. It’s crazy, yes, but Diesel and Tyrese really make this scene work. Diesel has created such a memorable character as the strong and furious Toretto and Tyrese brings tons of comedic relief as the egotistical Roman. Out of all the characters, these two were the most notable in the film.

And yes, most of the action scenes in the Fast films are over-the-top, but the scene involving the airplane (there is a short clip shown in the trailer) is almost too implausible to be considered cool. It lasts almost ten minutes longer than it should, and its crowded by all the fighting going on inside and outside of the plane. That runway just lasts forever and it ends up hurting what is supposed to be the most climatic scene of the movie. 

Although its not as good as its predecessor, with all the colorful cars, zealous characters and energetic action sequences, Fast & Furious 6 will please fans and attract new ones.


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