Fast & Furious 6 FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Universal Pictures, Relativity Media, Original Film and Etalon Films present a PG-13, 130 minute, action, crime, thriller, directed by Justin Lin, written by Chris Morgan and Cary Scott Thompson with a theater release date of May 24, 2013.
In the very opening credits we get to experience all the furious moments from the past films leading up to this edition and like the others before this one it doesn’t disappoint if you’re in the mood for fast cars and furious characters. The original team are all off in other countries relaxing and enjoying life. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is out in the Canary Islands, Spain with Elena (Elsa Pataky) celebrating the birth of a new member to the team, baby Jack (Max William Crane) along with his proud parents Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) Dom’s sister.
In Moscow an Interpol incident has occurred and government hacker himself Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his partner Riley (Gina Carano) have requested the help of Dom and his team, Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), Han (Sung Kang), Gisele (Gal Gadot) to track down Shaw (Luke Evans) before he gains control of a government chip, a tech bomb, that could literally shut down an entire country. Before Dom can turn Hobbs down he is handed an envelope that inside contains a picture, that of Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez). Everyone thought she died in a car explosion but instead her life was spared with one medical flaw, she lost her memory and Shaw decided to take advantage of the situation and adopted her on to his own team of criminals.
The agreement between Dom and Hobbs, he brings Shaw to Hobbs and he gets Letty along with pardons for the team so that they can once again travel back into the USA. Off to London and the hunt begins with some of the most awesome fights, car races, explosions and villains that will keep the audience more than entertained for two hours. The team is not used to the 007 type James Bond style atmosphere since before most of what they dealt with was cars but this time it’s a major step above that, this time incorporating some very heavy hitters. Dom knows though that you never turn your back on family even if they do and his intensions are mainly to bring Letty home.
In a battle against Shaw and his team Jah (Joe Taslim), Vegh (Clara Paget) and Klaus (Kim Kold), Dom and his team are in a race against time and brains to bring Shaw into Interpol and the custody of Hobbs. In an unbelievable battle on a freeway in Spain the ultimate collateral damage takes place between Shaw, Dom, many civilians and a tank that leads Dom to believe he can fly in a last dire effort to save Letty and bring a major villain to justice. But just when you think it’s over think again since once again Dom and his team believe they all can fly this time in a plane that leads to the death of one love, one friend, one member of the family yet throughout it all Dom trades in billions for 1327. Soon thereafter when the credits roll explaining that no one should attempt these stunts in a real environment we learn that a new villain has risen in Tokyo once again diminishing yet another member of Dom’s family, leaving the door wide open for number 7.
Even though the film has a good story to it, it is the direction that shines along with the many stunts, car chases and overall over the top explosive scenes that start from the beginning and seem to never end. We really get to become familiar with the characters even if you don’t remember them from all the past films. They are not given a huge amount of dialogue since it’s the effects and the soundtrack that really pump adrenaline into this #6 installment. Grant it the plot is well done with a number of twists and turns and the actors all prove to pull off their roles, making their situations really seem like a family setting, only amongst a group of criminals that transports the team to several countries. Albeit in the end it is the action that will keep the money rolling fast and furious into the box office once again leaving no choice other than to pump out part seven as soon as possible and rightfully so.
As for the actors I can’t say anything bad about any of them from Diesel to Johnson, Rodriguez to Walker, they are all spot on giving the film high octane adrenaline from start to finish. Amazing the energy and hurt that I know went into those action fight scenes let alone the so many car crashes. Mostly serious except for many moments with Gibson’s character the writers really do a nice job of giving everyone face time and supporting scenes to the main characters in the film, Diesel, Johnson, Walker and Rodriguez who all are absolutely superb. The only actor I found to be a bit one dimensional was Evans, the villain who seemed a bit flat at times but I can guarantee based on the final moments in this film villain #7 is sure to bring a lot of fire power to yet another high performance rubber to pavement film about cars and the crimes they help the criminals commit. Written definitely fast and truly furious with three paws out of four, mainly for the special effects and explosive action scenes, by Jon Patch.