CAST: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Gal Gadot, Luke Evans, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gina Carano
DIRECTOR: Justin Lin
RUNING TIME: 130 Minutes
THE STORY: After their last heist in Rio where they got away with $100 million, the professional criminal group comprising of Dominic Toretto (Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Walker) and others went their separate ways and are living their respective lives, although they remain wanted fugitives. However, life doesn’t feel quite that complete living on the run and away from home.
On the other side, Agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) and his new partner Riley (Carano) are investigating a crew of highly skilled and ruthless mercenary drivers who having been wrecking havoc across different countries. Hobbs knows that there’s only one way to stop this criminal unit and that is through outmatching them in their own game – street level racing. Thus, Hobbs tracks down Dom to try and enlist the help of his gang to take down this bad ass criminal unit. In return, he will grant them full amnesty for their past criminal deeds, allowing them to finally return home – the United States.
Dom does not seem too bought over by the idea of helping Hobbs at first. But when Hobbs gives him an incentive in the form of Letty Ortiz – thought to be dead and who is last spotted hanging with the new criminal unit Hobbs is after – Dom goes all the way to find his former love and to bring her back.
Right from the start the Fast and the Furious franchise was all about the thrill and excitement of street racing and action sequences with flashy cars. The story writing was mediocre at best, with weak character development, poor acting and questionable plot holes, the main focus was on the cars and the action performances. But despite the weak plot, the audience lovingly lapped up the adrenaline pumping joy ride that was presented to them onscreen. And by sticking to this formula of keeping the action element central to the film, while tweaking and improving progressively on the other aspects like character and plot, Fast and Furious 6 stayed true to its roots while delivering something superior than its predecessors, and hence very crowd-pleasing.
In Fast and Furious 6, there’s really not much to nit-pick about. In terms of entertainment, almost every moment was gratifyingly satisfying for both the die-hard fans as well as the average viewer. As if the level of stunts in the previous film was not insane enough, the director went and up the ante by epic proportions! And by epic I mean so ridiculous that it just rocks! Think tankers, jumbo planes, flying humans and crazy combat fights in addition to all the flashy car jazz. The resulting action was just so ambitious and outrageous, even unrealistic at points, but it was just so much fun that you couldn’t care less about the reality of the stunts in reel life versus real life.
The pace of the film was exceedingly quick, keeping everyone on the edge of their seats as we transitioned from one action packed scene another. It was a nice pace as it kept the adrenaline rush going so the excitement level never died down, while still managing a smooth and clear flow of the story.
In all honesty, I only became a fan after the fifth installment, but it is in this latest sixth film that I really fell in love with the franchise and the individual characters. Kudos to director Justin Lin for injecting subtle but vital elements into the story that bridged the connection between character and audience, thus making the film that much more enjoyable and endearing. I really loved the heathy dose of humor in this installment, especially from the characters of Tyrese and Ludacris. It really added an endearing appeal to the characters while bringing a funny light-hearted feel to the story that complemented the fun of the action. Also, the way the humour was delivered really fitted the nature of the film. The touches of WWE type fights were also genius in my opinion given that the “Rock” (Dwayne Johnson) was a former wrestler, and incorporating it into the film seemed like such a big fun tease. Sometimes it felt like I was watching a wrestling show, it was priceless because these moments just come out from nowhere.
Given that Fast and Furious is meant to be action heavy, the growth in character development this time round was a nice touch as this aspect is often under-looked in such films. There is a deeper focus on the characters as compared to previous installments, but of course the action still remains the main bulk of the plot. The other main but lesser known attribute of this film is its underlying theme of Family and Loyalty. This additional layer of values makes the film that more intimate and adds depth to the otherwise shallow action oriented story, and it is what I believe draws the audiences apart from just the action junkies. As Dom said, “You don’t turn your back on family, even when they do.”
The addition of male eye candy Luke Evans was a great choice as he exuded an air of classy, suave villainy. Maybe his God-like aura had a part to play in that (Evans played Zeus in the film Immortals). On the female side, Gina Carano did not really impress me much but her fight scenes were a sight to behold, after all she was a former mixed martial artist. Michelle Rodriguez really impressed me with her moves though, the fight scene that she had with Carano was hardcore to the bone. It looked pretty realistic and both did not hold back with the punches and kicks, just pure good old solid hand-to-hand combat.
Breaking it down, Fast and Furious 6 is one big nutty ride of thrills and spills, peppered with a good dash of humour and character development, in a nutshell – a good crowd pleaser. It is no wonder that majority of the crowd went nuts for it, making it a hit in box offices internationally.
Fast and Furious sure understands that success lies in the fans, and fans love interaction and continuity. In franchises, continuity is the key because it is the link between one installment and the next. By the end of the film, viewers are reconciled with the events that happened in Tokyo Drift, and now everything connects and makes sense. This is one smart move as what was thought to be a stand alone movie at first has now become an integral part of the franchise. No doubt, new fans of Fast and Furious will be scampering to watch Tokyo Drift in order to keep up with the backstory. But the real turning point was when the franchise brought back the original characters when making Fast 4, no sequel would be as endearing as seeing your beloved familiar characters coming back to life onscreen;]
Stars of FF6 get a taste of Car Prices in Singapore (Start at 1.20 mark)
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