Movie Review: Fast & Furious 6

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fast-6-posterAfter the franchise got a jump start with the addition of The Rock, Fast & Furious 6 went from dread to anticipation. I was very much looking forward to see most of the crew back with a few extras for another outing and they sure didn’t disappoint.

I admit I haven’t seen all the movies in the franchise. About a year ago I was in Target and I came across all the movies on DVD and I was trying to figure out where they all came from. Prior to watching Fast 6 I saw the original, Fast Five and the one where Dom is on a rampage because Letty died. I had to visit TV Tropes to do a bit of background and to catch up on all the players, the story lines and why the hell we might be all here again.

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Fast 6 has everyone who pulled off the heist in Fast Five rich and retired but not necessarily happy. If you’ve seen even one TV spot you can at least figure out part of the motivation of them getting back together is because Letty is not dead. Agent Hobbs (The Rock) is again tracking a criminal who drives away from his heists. This time Hobbs 2nd in command is Agent Riley (Gina Carano) He finds Dom (Vin Diesel) who’s quietly holed up with his new girlfriend Elena (Elsa Pataky) from Fast Five. Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) have a new baby and are also living the quiet life very close to Dom. When Hobbs ropes Dom in he calls in the team who are all scattered. Roman (Tyrese Gibson) Tej (Ludacris) Gisele (Gal Gadot) and Han (Sung Kang) all get called in for a huge “we’re getting the band back together” meeting with Hobbs. The only pair missing are Tego and Rico, who I’m assuming they couldn’t afford after everybody else was in this. We see them in a clip that looks a lot like its from Fast Five.

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Fast 6 still has some actual street racing, lots of explosions, some insane stunts and a lot of moments that are flat out funny. The crew has to go against Owen Shaw ex special forces – Isn’t every bad guy nowadays? Owen is an expert driver with his own crew including another female driver Tegh (Clara Paget) and he’s got Letty on his crew. Letty has amnesia and this is why she’s working for Shaw. Tying up some loose ends Campos from Fast & Furious explains the Shaw connection. In fact this movie does a bunch of dot connecting which I’m sure would help if I’d seen all the films. It did explain where Tokyo Drift falls in the timeline so I now need to go see that one.

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Movies like Fast 6 you take at face value, its not going to be some philosophical life lesson but its going to be full of action and entertain you for 2 hours. It accomplishes this. The funny thing is with all of the many stunts I see the most implausible one isn’t the car bursting thru the cargo plane. The fights are excellent. There’s not 1 but 2 girl fights that are top notch and The Rock pulls a wrestling move or 2 out of his bag of tricks for you WWE fan-boys. Overall I really enjoyed. I give this movie a film price for sheer entertainment value. And don’t get up when the credits start, stay for a bonus scene which ties this to Fast Seven. Because you care.

My rating: Full Price
Director: Justin Lin 
Studio: Universal Pictures
Release Date: May 24, 2013
Run time: 2 hours 10 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13

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