Saturday, May 25, 2013

Fast & Furious 6

Year: 2013
Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Luke Evans, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot

Plot: Agent Hobbs catches up to Dom, not to arrest him but to ask for his help to stop a similar crew pulling jobs around Europe. One of the members of this crew is Dom's presumed dead girlfriend Letty Ortiz.

Review: Remember how much carnage there was back in Fast Five? Well, we got some more carnage to behold here, though to be honest, despite all the great sequences Justin Lin set up in this instalment, none of them surpass the vault dragging finale of Fast Five.

But to his credit, his three big sequences: a night time chase in London, a highway chase featuring a tank and an airplane chase on a huge runway are all great. However the airplane chase suffers from bad lighting and shaky camerawork as it was quite hard to see what's happening from time to time. But you gotta give props to Lin for having the guts to do it in the first place.

So basically Dom and Brian have to reassemble the old gang to catch Hobbs' new target, Owen Shaw who has his own speeding crew. Shaw is smart and sneaky, thereby being able to stay one step ahead most of the time. Other than this, the running theme in this film is family, represented by Dom's need to get Letty back and Brian's attempt at becoming a dad to his newborn son. 

The cast perform well mostly, though as far as this franchise is concerned, the acting really isn't the talking point. Diesel and Walker do their part well as always, with Gibson and Ludacris providing the humour. Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is once again the all round tough guy Hobbs who plays second fiddle to Diesel. Luke Evans is a bit miscast as Shaw in my opinion. He's a good actor, but playing a villain just isn't his forte.

Fast & Furious 6 is a generally crowd pleasing attempt at tying up some loose ends, but it does feel a bit lacking if compared to the previous one. With a better shot climax and a slight improvement in the script, it would have been better. But at the very least, Justin Lin leaves behind a post credit scene that has us looking forward to number 7. (3.5/5) 

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