When a successful franchise reaches this many sequels the quality usually left a long time ago. With the F&F franchise it went the other way; with each sequel that came along, a better story and all around better film arrived with it. Fast & Furious 4 was the start of this incline which saw the original cast make a much needed return to breathe life into a dying franchise after its weak edition, Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift nearly destroyed it. I personally think Part 2 is the worst one but for reasons that really aren’t important right now. I can definitely see why Part 3 is the most hated.
In Part 6 we see the original cast return to continue the story where Part 5 left off. Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) have just brought a little boy named Jack into the world, and Dom (Vin Diesel) couldn’t be a more proud uncle. Just when things couldn’t be better an old friend/enemy (Fr-enemy?) shows up to ruin everything. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), the man that let Dom and his crew get away, needs their help yet again. A man wreaking havoc in London must be stopped but with such a highly trained crew at his disposal an equally talented crew must go after them. In return for helping Hobbs they demand full pardons for past transgressions, as seen in previous F&F films. Hobbs agrees and the adventure begins!
I’m not really sure how talented Justin Lin the director of Fast & Furious 3, 4, 5 and 6 is… he’s really only done action films. But I can say with confidence that when it comes to action films he’s definitely got a knack for it. Something I always appreciate in a film like this are the difficult sequences, especially when a simpler idea could have been done. They didn’t take the easy way out and for the most part they relied on practical effects to create some pretty insane action scenes. They certainly have the best stuntmen involved in these F&F films. I loved the action this film had but honestly not much more than that. That incline I spoke of before seems to have reached its peak with Fast Five.
Don’t get me wrong… I enjoyed Part 6 but the cheese and corn factor in this one is off the charts! Really stupid lines and even dumber staring contests plague this movie. I realize this is a popcorn flick but still, a little bit of reality can go a long way. For example- Dom to Brian: “Remember Brian, when you walk through those doors, everything changes.” Out of context it doesn’t seem bad at all but when you see it you’ll understand; I couldn’t help but roll my eyes. The character of Dom has, for some reason, taken on the role of an all- seeing, all- knowing wizard type and it’s kind of annoying. The implication to me seems like they are saying that, because he’s a criminal and knows a lot about cars, that he’s wise beyond his years. Uh huh…
I said I enjoyed the action but even that has gotten overly ridiculous in certain places. Did you know that Vin Diesel can fly!? Me either!!! I feel like these complaints may not be overly valid given the subject matter but at the same time these are things I simply couldn’t overlook. Everyone is a precision, professional driver and everyone is a trained MMA fighter or is just blessed with Superman strength. They heal extremely quickly or just don’t know how to get hurt unless it serves the weak story. Ah yes… onto the story. I feel that the story is the biggest upset of all; it feels so rushed and completely void of character development. If you know the films up to this one I can bet you have a pretty damn good idea what’s going to take place story wise this time around. Aside from the extra scene in the credits hinting at the next chapter, this is pretty predictable. Again I realize these aren’t supposed to be taken so seriously, but even a silly, over-the-top film like this can be too silly and over-the-top.
Now as for the positives I would say the best factor is the same one that the fourth film brought us, the return of the original cast. No more Lucas Black here! Thank God for that one. Anyway, along with the cast, as expected, are the amazing automobiles that come standard in the F&F films. From American muscle to imports this is one NOS filled ride with some very impressive driving to show off these incredible machines. I was letdown with Part 6 because I absolutely loved the fifth film and this felt sub par at best but with the added factor of going from such a high with Part 5 to a low makes it feel even worse than it is. If this had been Part 5 I think I would have given it a higher rating but it’s not so I won’t. In spite of all I didn’t like about it I still had a good time, and if you liked the previous films than check this one out, but maybe with a little lower expectations.
Rated PG-13 for: intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language
Runtime: 130 minutes
After Credits Scene: None, there is a mid- credits scene though, very shortly after credits start so stay put.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster
Directed By: Justin Lin
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 2.5/ Acting: 2.5/ Directing: 3.5/ Visuals: 4
Check out the Trailer for Fast & Furious 6: