Monday, March 17, 2014

Film Review: Fast and Furious 6 (2013)

Fast and Furious 6 (Review)
United States/2013
Format Viewed For Review: Blu-ray
Netflix Streaming: No
Amazon Prime: No

"...if you love Blockbuster action, this film delivers tenfold..."

After a successful $100 million heist, Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and the rest of the family come out of retirement to aid Secret Service agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in capturing an international criminal.

Fast and Furious 6 follows a similar formula to the previous installment. Dom and the crew witness the strength of this elusive and dangerous international criminal, and begin planning their own assault. In exchange, the family will receive full pardons and information on a long lost friend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). It boils down to this: big action sequence, more planning, some humor, big action sequence, rinse and repeat. Some plot points, especially with the Letty subplot, may have you rolling your eyes, like "oh, how convenient." There is one surprising twist, but it's only surprising because it comes out of nowhere, which is easy to implement. The actual ending is bittersweet, and the in-credits scene is promising.

Fast and Furious 6 has an interesting enough story, but the action is the main dish. The action is taken up another notch from the last film with bigger, more explosive set pieces; most scenes are breathtakingly unbelievable, like having adrenaline injected straight into your veins. This series has never exactly been an authentic, super realistic action franchise, but this installment pushes the boundaries; the action is so over-top, your eyes may be stuck in the back of your head from all of the eye rolling. (Call a doctor!) Anyway, the point is: if you love Blockbuster action, this film delivers tenfold, just remember to turn off your brain for two hours, no one wants to hear about how that's not possible.

Dwayne Johnson, Vin Disel, and Paul Walker are charisma-hounds, especially Johnson. These are the stars of the film with action-star presence and charisma. The rest of the cast returns, and they are a likable bunch, as usual. Gina Carano is a new addition; she's perfectly fit for the action sequences, but she's bland and wooden otherwise, she has one facial expression throughout the entire film; fortunately, she has the best "exit". As for the other technical aspects, the film has blockbuster productions; fantastic action choreography, great cinematography and camerawork, and a booming, epic score. Justin Lin does a great job as director, as well, despite being more of the same.

Overall, Fast and Furious 6 is almost everything action fans want. It's an explosive, thrilling action film from beginning to end, with some genuine humor and a charming cast. Some of the plot points were dull, like its unnecessary twist and one performance is boring and disappointing, though. As a side note, the franchise won't be the same without Paul Walker, unfortunately. (RIP)

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and blood.

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