I can’t believe there’s been six of these. But whatever, who cares, because MORE CAR PORN! Woohoo!
“It’s bad in a way that is almost similar to how I felt about Pacific Rim; meaning that it’s cool and it’s fun and my inner child just loved it, but it’s also stupid and made no sense whatsoever.”
The “story” goes that G.I. Joe Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is on the trail of some seriously bad dudes who are trying to steal components to make some sort of super weapon (I think it was a bomb) and because their leader has some military transport background he deduces he can’t do this alone. He has to get a gang of car boosters and drug kingpin topplers back together so they can help him. There’s a problem though. Our favourite motor heads have been dispersed all over the world, spending their hard-earned millions in different places across the globe.
Dom (Vin Diesel) is shacked up with the floozy from the last movie (or was it the movie before that? They all tend to mold into one) in the Canary Islands, with Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) just a treacherous Canarian cliff drive away. Oh, and they have a baby now too, so it’s the straight life for this family from here on out. That is, of course, until Hobbs shows with photos of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) who has turned up not dead. This clinches the deal for Dom, who decides he’ll help Hobbs in order to find Letty.
The crew, that consists of Dom, Brian, Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Han (Sung Kang), Gisele (Gal Gadot) and Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) hook up in London where they chase after the evil Shaw (Luke Evans) and his team. His team includes Letty, who has “amnesia” (haha!) and doesn’t remember Dom or anything about her life before she woke up in a hospital after she obviously didn’t die. Who did they bury, then? That’s a bit creepy!
The film takes us from the Canaries, to London, to Spain and back to LA again. There are tanks and planes and naturally, plenty of car candy upon which I feasted my eager eyes. Being totally honest here, and it’s hard to do considering the ironically tragic circumstances, but Fast & Furious 6 is a pretty bad movie. It’s bad in a way that is almost similar to how I felt about Pacific Rim; meaning that it’s cool and it’s fun and my inner child just loved it, but it’s also stupid and made no sense whatsoever.
I hear you. You’re saying, “FFS WOMAN, could you not just enjoy it for what it is and quit your logic talk. We care not for the laws of physics!” I could, but what makes these movies such a guilty pleasure is how they look, and this one just didn’t look as good as the others. I don’t know why the “speed-up” manoeuvre is employed during editing, I really don’t, because the fast-forward effect ruined almost every action sequence for me, in both the physical fights and the car chases. I understand that everything looks more dangerous and people look more kick-ass when they pull off these moves at speed, but using speed editing in order to achieve this just looks unnatural, and it’s obvious. Every single action scene. It bugged me to no end.
You know what else bugged me? That entire plane segment. How long was that runway?
The performances were as you’d expect from the Fast franchise. Diesel (Riddick, The Fast & The Furious) brought his usual charismatic presence. Walker (Hours, The Fast & The Furious) actually did a fine job too, and I don’t know if that’s because he’d steadily improved over the course of these films or if it’s because this one had a few shared storylines, but it was less ham-and-cheese from him. Michelle Rodriguez (Machete, Lost) made Michelle Rodriguez faces for the whole time, but to be fair to her she always does what it says on her tin. Dwayne Johnson (Pain & Gain, G.I. Joe: Retaliation) was The Rock in combat fatigues. He’s perfectly suited for these types of films and his delivery of the cringey quips always brings a smile to my face. Gina Corano (Blood and Bone) as Hobbs’ sidekick Riley was physically impressive and Luke Evans (Immortals, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug) as Shaw did what he could I suppose, and managed to seem quite menacing at times. I’m still not convinced that Gal Gadot (Fast Five) is a good fit for Wonder Woman, but she wasn’t as awful as I thought she was going to be.
Like I said though, it’s a stupid movie, but an entertainingly stupid movie. And let’s face it, nobody watches these films for the dialogue or the intricate plotlines. It’s all about the muscle cars and the bikini babes. If you do watch it, stay tuned for the post-credits clip. Jason Statham is in it, and he’ll be in Fast 7. Which I will probably watch anyway because Jason Statham is awesome.
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Do I agree?: Eh, no. This is a 5 (if even) on a really good day.