Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 6 (2013) Movie Review
Director: Justin Lin
Genre: Action| Crime| Thriller
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, Ludacris, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Joe Taslim, Elsa Pataky, Rita Ora
Censor Certificate: U/A
Run-time: 131 Minutes
Watched at Cinemax, Hyderabad
If 2011’s Fast Five would’ve simply followed the Cars – Chicks – One liners motive of the previous The Fast and the Furious movies, we wouldn’t have been all that excited by it, frankly. But director Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan wisely mixed things up, focusing less on whips and more on an Ocean’s Eleven-styled heist gambit, and, as a result, Fast Five was one of the year’s biggest surprises.
Unbroken formulas need not be fixed, so both Lin and Morgan are back in action for The Fast and the Furious 6, as is new franchise star Dwayne Johnson as the bruising Secret Service Agent. Justin Lin has been able to serve justice to the series in its true essence only in the last part – Fast Five. From that we know now that Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian(Paul Walker) along with their crew performed a mastermind heist which earned them a whopping $100 million. Now they have scattered across the globe and leading their life peacefully. But they can’t return to their homelands and the life seems incomplete while living on the lam.
Meanwhile, we have Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in Fast & Furious 6 who is tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries. There is a mastermind behind the plan (played by Luke Evans) who is supported by Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), the second in command. Yes, she is the love interest of Dom who was revealed as dead.
There is only one way to outmatch the criminal outfit and that is to outmatch them at street level. This is how Fast & Furious 6 progresses. Hobbs asks Dom to ensemble his crew in London for the same. In return he promises them full pardon from whatever they have done till now so they can live happily after with their familiesin their homeland.
Plot wise Fast & Furious is Very thin, as it’s mostly just an excuse to hang a load of increasingly crazy set pieces on.
Nobody goes to see a Fast and Furious film for the plot or the acting anyway, which is lucky because both the story and the cast are serviceable at best, the cast simply fulfilling their roles as comic relief, token woman, techy guy amongst others.
Vin Diesel in particular seems to get worse with every film, with his emotionless face and slow drawl which is slowly but surely becoming less and less decipherable. The only person in the film who seems like he cares about something other than the action sequences is The Rock.
The gang from the previous installment: Wise-cracking, brabbling Roman(Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris) along with lovebirds Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele (Gal Gadot). The crew can drive any car, hack any security system, shoot any ridiculously big gun, and look good doing it.
Fast and Furious 6 is an action spectacular that relies on hard crashes through big set pieces to keep the moviegoers mesmerized. And as soon as one crash is done, there are another 10 lined up right behind it. This is stylish action film-making and not an homage to car movies of the past.
The endless chases, stunts and fights are as spectacular and ridiculous as the occasional verbal exchanges are sentimental and childish.
While the early chase scene that pits Shaw’s and Toretto’s teams against one another is good, it’s the concluding battle on a Spanish runway, where cars take on a giant Russian Antonov cargo plane, that is the movie’s greatest piece of action. And yet within all that crashing excitement, Lin also manages to insert some sentimental sequences and a prelude scene to next part in the end, which were not that convincing.
None of the action sequences have any basis in reality or any recognition of the laws of physics, but when they’re this much fun, do you really care?
Questions arise like;
· Is this the world’s longest runway?
· How do they know where to drive around London if they’ve never been here before?
· Did Rita Ora really just say It’s London, baby? Before the Race?
· Is it possible to get catapulted at least 40-50 meters?
These questions doesn’t matter as film only works with the audience who are on board for hard action sequences and if you are it’s exciting, it’s intuitive, it’s fast and most importantly it’s fun which is all we can ask from this type of film.
If you liked the first 4 films, you will enjoy this one. If you started following FF series after Fast Five then there is absolutely no reason for you to see this one. I would recommend you to wait for its home edition, that way you can skip all the dragged & predictable scenes and go straight to the action.
Survi Review: 2.5/5