Saturday, May 25, 2013

Review: Fast & Furious 6


The Fast & Furious team returns for the sixth installment of their action driving movies. This time, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) reassemble their team to help bring down what is essentially the bizarro version of the team. Their incentive this time, aside from full pardons, is to find out why Dom's girl, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), is not only alive, but working with the evil team.

Justin Lin has been directing these movies since Tokyo Drift and he seems to have hit his stride with Fast 6. The plot is all over the place, Lin tries to tie all of the other movies together and ends up creating a convoluted mess. However, at this point the plot is probably not the reason why most people are here to see these movies; it's just a way to get from one action scene to another. The action scenes in Fast 6 are completely over the top, but in a really entertaining way. The car chase sequence involving a tank, in particular, is an amazing thing to watch. Lin also does a wonderful job pacing the movie. In the previous Fast and Furious movies, the second act was mainly just the set-up and slowed the movie down. Fast 6 does a sublime job mixing the action into the story and the audience never really feels bored.

The cast gives pretty much the same performance they have now given several times before. I wouldn't say that they are just phoning their performances in, rather just so comfortable in their respective roles that you can see it watching the movie. I think even the actors themselves realize how ridiculous their characters have become, essentially going from LA street racers to now apparently super spies in a matter of two films.

Fast 6 isn't going to win any awards, but there are a lot worse ways you can spend your money. The acting is wooden at times, and the dialogue goes from tolerable to utterly ridiculous. But Fast & Furious 6 also offers some of the best car action around. If you do like the plot of these movies, stay through the credits for a fun Easter egg.

Overall 6.5 out of 10
Pros: Excellent pacing and amazing action set pieces.

Cons: Hammy dialogue and acting.