“All roads lead to this “reads the tagline to the latest adrenaline charged installment in the wildly popular “Fast and Furious” series.
Well, i couldn’t agree more.
Let’s face it; the “fast” series of films has never been one for sophistication. It’s about macho men and hot women doing things with cars that even Stig (from Top Gear) wouldn’t dream possible ( case in point : In the last installment (Fast Five), two souped-up dodge chargers dragged a 15000 ton safe through the streets of Rio de Janeiro ) and one is expected to leave one’s disbelief (and brains) back home while witnessing this anarchy of , as Tej ( played by Ludacris) says, “full on vehicular warfare” but oh, what anarchy it is!
Like the previous entries in this franchise, there’s not much in terms of story here but here’s the premise anyway.
When we last saw Brian (Paul Walker) and Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), they were chilling in brazil with their hard-earne….er…looted 1.5 million $ with Brian’s baby on the way. As usual, Trouble in paradise ensues when Cobb ( Played by a hulking Dwayne Johnson a.k.a The Rock) comes over revealing that *spoiler alert* Dom’s presumed dead girlfriend Letty ( Michelle Rodriguez) isn’t all that dead in the first place and that she’s now hooked up with a couple of fast car riding doppelgangers of Dom’s crew, led by a menacing bad guy named Shaw ( Luke Evans) and following which of course, Dom forms his usual team to takedown the bad guy and reunite with his long-lost love.
Like I said before, there’s not much in terms of story here.
Now, I’m not one of those critics that blast a film for something that it never claimed itself to be. Fast 6 was marketed as a fun action-thriller and that’s how I’m going to review it.
The acting in this film is actually above average when compared to the rest of the franchise with Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and co. pitching in their fair share but that’s not what you ultimately take away from this picture. What you do take away from this film is the awe-inspiring action sequences carefully conceived and executed by series helmer, Justin Lin and his professional stunt team with clever use of CGI along the way. Obviously, my favorite action sequence by far this year is still the daring air-rescue sequence in IRON MAN THREE but there is a Tank sequence in this film that would come a close second.
Basically, the entire film is three humongous action set pieces joined together with a lot of punch dialogues, cheesy humor and just enough exposition to push the story forward which is fine in a film like this. Dom’s team is more or less the same as fast five and with each of the characters filling in the same role (for example, Roman ( Tyrese Gibson) is still the comic relief, Tej is still the wisecrack etc.). Perhaps the only character which actually undergoes proper development through the course of this film is Han which basically explains why Han is the way he is in Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift (more like Tokyo sh*t, I hated that movie)
Luke Evans as Shaw is perhaps the best of the lot though; acting wise. He manages to imbibe the required sense of menace and villainy in this character. Watching his glee when he crushes cars ( and presumably, its occupants) with a giant tank is both sickening and entertaining .I guess, in a way, he could be described as a very,very,very watered down version of the joker ( I’m sorry, that’s the closest thing that I could relate)
All things considered, Fast 6 may not be the burst of fresh air that Fast 5 was, but it sure as hell is an entertaining popcorn summer blockbuster. At least, good enough until Man of Steel hits theatres.
P.S. Wait during the end-credits, there’s quite a BIG surprise for fans of this franchise. Oh and there are some subtle references to “The Avengers” in this film, it just makes me wonder if there is any truth to the rumor that The Rock may play the MARVEL character of Luke Cage.
MONEY MOMENT: “Uhh, Guys…They’ve got a tank”
RATING: 7.5/10 (Have a fun time at the theatre and then download the 1080p Blu-Ray Version)
The Acute Cinephile.