Notable Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Gina Carano, Luke Evans, Joe Taslim
When Justin Lin took over the "Fast & Furious" franchise, his style and attentive penchant for action made a terrible film like "Tokyo Drift" watchable. It was when he started really building a film arc with "Fast & Furious" in 2009 that this franchise actually became interesting. Although the sixth entry into the series, with a title card on the film reads "Furious 6", might not be as surprisingly fun and awesome as the previous film "Fast Five," it might just be bigger and dumber than any film before it - which is actually a compliment considering how entertaining it is. The writing might be hit or miss and some of the characters might be throw away, but it fully knows this and runs with it anyway. A true statement to just how well Lin knows this series.
After the Rio heist, Dom (Diesel) and his crew have scattered across the world to enjoy their wealth even if they are still considered international criminals. When Hobbs (Johnson) shows up on his doorstep with pictures of Letty (Rodriguez), Dom decides he needs to help out the law enforcer catch a team of thieves trained in 'vehicular warfare' and led by Shaw (Evans). With the help of his brother in law Brian (Walker) and some selected members, Dom is out to reclaim his past - and set things right for the future.
|"I swear to God, if you mention 'family' again I will go and do a "Timeline 2"...seriously."|
If you've reached this point, then you probably need a little more convincing to justify seeing the sixth film in a franchise that was created on car racing. I understand. So let me say that this: "Furious 6" is silly and makes little to no sense plot wise. That's all right though. In the land of Dom and his highly skilled road warriors, this film actually has plot and characters unlike a good portion of the films earlier. Our heroes are all their lovable tough and sensitive selves here and the chemistry between them still runs pretty strong. This chemistry sells its many hard to swallow concepts and ideas. Diesel gravel talks his way through the film using a strong screen presence to win here, while The Rock continues to steal the show more as comic relief here when he's not leaping off of thing and wearing the tightest clothes known to man. As a benefit, Ludacris has essentially become the Q of this franchise which is a role that he does remarkably well. While the middle portion of the film drags a bit as they all do their own thing outside of banter ridiculous lines (including a completely useless jail stint for Brian - which as Dom points out later as pointless too), it's these interactions that lay the ground work for what we truly came to see...
|I think the cast list should also be comprised of stuntmen.|
...and we came to see action. Ridiculous amounts of over the top, outrageous, and exciting action. Justin Lin may have a ton of style as a director, but dammit this guy knows how to do action and he punctuates "Furious 6" with enough action to make Ahhhnuld choke. While "Fast Five" took the franchise to the next level with car stunts, gun fights, and one awesome fist to cuffs, "Furious 6" looks to out do it in every way. More car stunts thanks mostly to cars made to flip other cars, a tank chase which demolishes bridges, cars, and eventually itself, multiple fist fighting beatdowns, and an airplane wreck on the longest runway ever built that lasts for an entire act. Hell, there is even a prison fight shank-off. At this point, this franchise with its exotic locales and over the top action is getting to James Bond level of awesome. What really impressed me the most was the extensive and very strong hand fights that accompanied most of the film. Although the Joe Taslim (oh yes, I have to mention him at least twice due to my love of "The Raid") fight is a little short, the rest of the film has some stunningly awesome fights. As a huge fight film fan, I was ecstatic for this.
|"Gina, I know you only have like two lines of dialogue - but just know that I plan to eat those scenes alive."|
Written By Matt Reifschneider