Universal Pictures’ Fast and the Furious franchise has always appealed to three types of people: die-hard action enthusiasts, teenagers and the niche subset interested in street racing. Cutting out plot in favor of cars and action, the series has made billions, bringing its version of street culture mainstream and pushing the envelope in terms of vehicular stunts.
In that vein, director Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious 6 is exactly like its predecessors: light on sense, heavy on action and insensibly, effortlessly entertaining.
To recall the labyrinthine twists that make up the Fast and the Furious timeline is like trying to follow the events of Primer, so here’s what you need to know: Once upon a time an FBI agent named Brian (Paul Walker) investigated an illegal street-racing crew led by Dominic (Vin Diesel), and discovered they had hearts of gold. Through a series of adventures he joined them and hooked up with Dominic’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster). Now they are one big car family, living off the money they stole in 2011’s Fast Five.
Our sequel begins with Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and his band of criminals, who have been hitting military convoys with their homemade cars, stealing parts for an electrical power-destroying device they intend to sell to the highest bidder. Diplomatic Security Service agent Hobbes (Dwayne Johnson) knows the only way to catch criminals in fast cars is with other criminals in even faster cars, and calls upon Dominic’s crew. He promises full pardons if they help, then drops the bomb that Dominic’s girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), who was seemingly killed in 2009’s Fast & Furious, is actually alive and working for Shaw.
The cast from nearly every installment of the series is here for the sixth movie: Johnson, Diesel, Walker, Brewster, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Gina Carano (of Haywire fame), Sung Kang and Gal Gadot. It even has a cameo with Jason Statham (because, of course, he’s Jason Statham), who signed on for the sequel. While the acting is nothing to hang a movie on, Fast & Furious 6 cuts loose with its belief-defying chases and fantastic fight sequences – because, naturally, all the drivers are also martial artists.
Although the fights are all entertaining, it’s an unmitigated joy to watch Carano, employing her signature MMA moves, whale on Rodriguez. She may be incapable of stringing more than two words together, but Carano is an unparalleled master at combat, and she steals the show with her savage, yet graceful, beatdowns.Agent Luke Hobbs enlists Dominic Toretto and his team to bring down former Special Ops soldier Owen Shaw, leader of a unit specializing in vehicular warfare.Director Justin LinStars:Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker .....Genre Action | Crime | ThrillerAudio EnglishScreen Movie
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