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Fast & Furious 6 (2013)


It’s the year 2013, and yet, still no Hamster Wheels getting involved with these street-races!

Where the last thrill-ride ended, this next one begins with the one and only Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), and the rest of the clan having to team up with Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to stop a highly skilled criminal outfit (lead by Luke Evans), all in the hopes that they will earn themselves legal pardons. But to make matters even worse for the situation, it seems as if Dom’s old-love, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), is alive and walking, even though she CLEARLY, FUCKIN’ DIED IN THE 4TH MOVIE!!!

Wow, I am really shocked by this. I was never a huge lover of the franchise, but as time went on; I started to grow fonder and fonder of what it could do, if it just allowed itself to have more fun, outside the world of street-racing. Of course, there’s still illegal street-racing going on and whatnot, but there’s more to this movie than just that. We got brawls; guns shooting; babes looking like hot tamales; shit being blown up; and now, we even got tanks to show up and do their thang. To say that this franchise has definitely improved would be an understatement, but to say that it’s idea of changing itself up a bit, evolving with the times, and giving itself more meat to chew on; is just about perfect.

Why? Because this movie is freakin’ awesome, and I never thought I’d be saying that about a movie starring Paul Walker. Never!

It’s a shame that Justin Lin won’t be coming back for the 7th installment, because the dude honestly seems like the perfect fit for these movies. Not only does Lin seem to enjoy being around all of these characters and watching them mess around with one another, but he also loves the whole idea of blowing shit up, and having fun with it. The dude revels in material like this, which may sound a bit off-putting in a way, but no need to worry because all of the fun that he’s having, is essentially brought out onto us and never leaves. Not even until that post-credits is off the screen (by the way, that’s what tops it off to be “freakin’ awesome”).

"You blinked first!"

“You blinked first!”

And that’s exactly what most action movies of this nature: unabashedly fun. Of course the movie is completely and utterly stupid with it’s over-the-top stunts that seem to not only cheat gravity, but lie about what the human-body can, and cannot do. But unles your some speed-junkie, who needs to jump off of things, and dare put yourself to near-death, just so that you can have; then you have to worry about seeing this. But if you’re just a normal, lax person that likes to have fun, and likes to see other people having fun while you join in on it; then this movie is the type of party you want to go to. Hell, even if you want to bring a couple of party-favors for you and your companion to join in on and have fun with, then, by all means, go for it. However, if you get caught and arrested, this site does not exist. Just a fore-warning.

But the question for me, myself, and I, is: how the hell did I become so fond of this franchise that I not only gave this the highest-rating of all, but how the hell do I find myself ranking the next one on top of my list to see next year? I honestly have no clue, but considering it’s the summer, it’s hot outside, and my brain has been turned off since last Friday when I filled in my last circle on my last final, then maybe that has something to do with. Speculation of my brain aside, this movie does not beg you to have a brain in order to watch it and enjoy yourself, all you need to know is what you’re getting yourself into and let the magic take it’s hold from there. I want to say check out the rest of the franchise before scoping this out, but coming from a person who didn’t much care for every other movie (except for the miraculous fifth one), I don’t know if it will do much help. Every addition seems to get better and better as the years go by, and it’s only a matter of time until we have Fast & Furious 30, gunning for the Oscars.

However, I highly doubt on that short-list for a nomination will be the acting of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. No offense against the dudes, because the script is idiotic, but these guys really lost all type of personality that made the first one such a dumb, but easy-to-watch gem. Diesel is always staring at people, grumbling his monologues that seemed to have been written by a 10-year-old who just got the “okay” from mommy and daddy to curse from now on, and always challenge people to either race or fight. It doesn’t matter what the hell the guy may be having a casual-convo with another person about, every time, it seems like they all end with him either ready to brawl, or ready to rev-up that beauty-of-an-engine of his. Then of course, we have Paul Walker here who’s as wooden as he can be (which is not saying a lot), but at least he’s not painful to watch. Since this is an ensemble piece where everybody gets their slice to chew up, Walker is thrown to the back a lot and giving a couple of chances to show how bad-ass he truly can be, even if it is just him driving around and looking stunning. I’m not gay, but has that guy aged at all? Seriously, his hair has just turned from dirty-blond to brown, and that’s about it. Oh, and some scruff too!

Anyway, returning as Hobbs is Dwayne Johnson who absolutely seems like he’s having the time of his life. The dude is tough, rugged, ready to find out what the hell’s going on here, and not taking no as an answer one bit. Johnson loves these types of roles where he pokes a bit of fun at his own image, but at the same time, still gets to show us the people’s eyebrow and how much ass he can truly kick. Joining his gang of criminal-busting, is Gina Carano who seems to have the same look and act going on here that she had in Haywire. Yes, she can still do all the flips and the ass-kicking that she’s been known to do, but when it comes to acting and actually giving us somebody that’s memorable in the least bit: she ultimately fails and gives the same look the whole movie. But hey, at least she’s using her own voice this time and not somebody else’s.

Rounding out the rest of the crew of “good guys” are the usual crew that we’re used to seeing and having fun with. Tyrese Gibson is apparently the poorest out of everybody who got their fare-share in the last heist, and can’t stop bringing up how he needs money for certain things; Ludacris always loves to bust his chops about it, as well as making fun of his big fore-head (apparently he did and just nobody noticed or cared enough to say anything in the first place); Jordana Brewster doesn’t do much other than stay-at-home and watch her O’Conner’s kid (who I feel bad for already, considering he will not past his driver’s test once); and Shea Whigham also shows up a bit, and does the role he was most known for in the 4th one (aka, getting his ass kicked), but it’s still nice to see him and hopefully he got a nice Jacuzzi cover out of the ordeal.

Even in a world where marathons get bombed and terrorist threats have become a daily-happening, it's nice to be reminded that the world can be happy, pleasing place to be alive in. Ah.

Even in a world where marathons get bombed and terrorist threats have become a daily-happening, it’s nice to be reminded that the world can be happy, pleasing place to be alive in. Ah.

As for the “bad guys”, well, they too are okay, if a little dumb. The problem Luke Evan’s character, Shaw, isn’t that Evans gives a bad performance or anything, it’s that the character he’s playing is so loud, so obnoxious, and so blatant with the bad shit that he’s about to pull, that it makes almost no sense about how people continue to say that he gets away with stuff because he’s so secretive and so mysterious. I call bullshit on that for the reason that one of his tactics of showing his “evilness” was to take over a tank on a major highway and see if he could get away with it. Yeah, a tank. Good going, buddy! You’re definitely going to last long.

And as everybody knows (and if you couldn’t, just look up-top at the plot-synopsis), Michelle Rodriguez returns to show us her feminist-ways as Litty, the ex-lover of Dom Toretto who is a welcome-back to the franchise. I’ll admit it, when Litty (actually) died in the 4th movie, I didn’t care too much and felt like it was one way to just create more drama that wasn’t needed to begin with, and heck, even once she showed-up in that post-credits scene in the last movie, I didn’t care much neither (except I was pissed as shit). However, seeing Rodriguez back in her comfort-zone, watching as she acts all confused and questionable, while also being able to throw-down with the best of them, made me happy that the gal was back and ready for more fast cars. The explanation they give us for her surviving the death that we all presumed she had is dumb as hell, but I was willing to drop down some of my nitpicks about logic and simple-reasoning with a movie like this. Obviously.

Consensus: For those who find these movies as stupid and idiotic as ever, may be a bit pleased with what they see in Fast & Furious 6 because it keeps the energy and momentum going at a fine pace, without ever really diving into melodramatic-theatrics or plot-points that don’t matter. It’s just a fun ride from beginning-to-end, and rarely ever loses you, no matter how smart or dumb you are.

8 / 10 = Matinee!!

Look, it's a bird, it's a plane, it's NOT Henry Cavil.

Look! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s NOT Henry Cavil.

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33 responses to “Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

  1. Erik May 24, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Good Review! It is exactly what you can expect from a Fast and Furious movie. Not the best in the franchise but still fun!

  2. Terry Malloy's Pigeon Coop May 24, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Nice review Dan. I’m not a massive fan of the franchise but I might give it a rental when it’s out.

  3. Ewan M May 24, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Totally agree, it’s a great big flashy and stupid action movie that I loved, and the epilogue just makes me more excited for the seventh. I think it’s great the way the filmmakers actually care about the characters and want to be around them.

    • CMrok93 May 24, 2013 at 4:08 pm

      Lin seems to care about these characters and what’s happening on-screen, rather than just waiting to get that paycheck and box-office take-backs.

  4. Calamity Jane May 24, 2013 at 11:08 am

    That one jump!!! where he jumps and she jumps and they jump together AND DON’T DIE!!!! Loved it! Good review. Definitely worth seeing at the theater.

  5. sohansurag May 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Gonna watch it tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

  6. Whit's Movie Reviews May 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Wow, terrific review Dan! I am VERY surprised this movie could be anything close to good. I may give it a try.

  7. dpkeenanuk May 24, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    the reason why the franchise has improved was because the first 3 were all about racing and noting much else then they started drifting off into story reminds me a little of the new version of the Italian Job without the mini’s lol.

    Awesome review and cant wait for the 7th one

    daz

  8. Amonymous May 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    “Unabashedly fun” sums it up perfectly. Nice review.

  9. Logan Krum Movie Reviews May 24, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    Hmm. After reading your review I might want to see this.

  10. sidekickreviews May 25, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    I still haven’t watched a Fast and Furious movie yet, though I caught the first couple of scenes of Toyko Drift on TV the other day and it was unwatchable. Sounds like #5 is the best one, so I’ll probably just start with that one. Great Review by the way.

  11. Fogs' Movie Reviews May 27, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Nice! Great review, glad to see you really liked this one, Dan. You’re right, its super fun… just check your brain at the door and have a blast! 😀

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  13. Evan Crean May 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I’ve never been the biggest fan of this franchise either Dan. I recall thinking Fast 5 was way too long. Movies like Fast & Furious 6 though, are the main reason I consider myself a popcorn movie guy. It’s an absolute unprententious blast from start to finish that has great pacing (doesn’t feel like 2 hours at all). Yes it’s outlandish, and so incredibly, unapologetically over the top, yet it works for me. I thought I wouldn’t be able to handle the tank scene or the one involving the plane because they’d be too ridiculous. However I didn’t mind them at all. The dialogue is dumb, and the Rock gets the worst, corniest lines, but he wears them with a badge of honor. My favorite characters were the pair played by Tyrese and Ludacris. Their dynamic was hilarious along with their jabs at one another. Now if only more millionaires had the great attitude of Ludicris’s character about sharing their wealth.

  14. askmaverick May 28, 2013 at 4:52 am

    Great review Dan, loved it more than the movie 🙂

  15. Mark Hobin May 29, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    You think seeing someone die means they can’t come back? Not in this franchise. Anything is possible. It’s why Dom is able to actually fly from one car grab Letty in mid air and then fly to another car to safety. These people cannot physically die. It makes them invincible but It kind of removes any tension though. Silly fun.

  16. Chip Lary June 2, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Sounds like you and I agree on a lot of things with this movie, especially the impact Lin has had. I also didn’t much care one way or the other about Letty being dead or alive. Rodriguez seems to have one expression – pissed off – so maybe that subconsciously makes me not care much about any role she’s had.

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  19. Nostra July 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Currently the most entertaining action movie out this year. Plus that shocker at the end for the next installment really makes me look forward to it.

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