Fast and the Furious 6: Movie Review
Since the the release of the first movie in 2001, The Fast and the Furious franchise has taken the world by storm, especially the car enthusiast community. I consider myself a car enthusiast as well as a gear head (petrol head, grease monkey) however you want to call it. The franchise had it’s ups and downs but the last few movies of this high octane fueled franchise has not disappointed us yet.
SPOILERS INCOMING: The movie begins with a series of flashbacks from all 5 previous movies with introductory credits and opens with Dom and Brian rushing to a Catholic Chapel where Mia is having her child. Jason, the son of Brian and Mia and proud Uncle Dom think they are a happy family living the quiet life in peace. As Dom sits alone at his beach front house working on a V8 crate engine, Hobbs walks in with very serious information. Here Dom discovers Letty is alive and active doing jobs in Europe. If you stayed at the end of the credits in Fast 5, Hobbs finds files of Letty’s existence hinting to the what may happen in the sequel. Forced to go out without a choice to find his long lost love and partner in crime, Dom gathers the old team again for another job.
The members of the previous crew are all out in different parts of the world enjoying their share of $10 million from the last job they pulled off in Rio de Janero. Living in luxury and in hiding they are definitely enjoying what they have. As they are going about their everyday business, they all get a call from Dom to meet in London for an emergency. We have the entire previous crew from the last movie except for Tego and Rico, the 2 grease men that imposed as handy men to infiltrate the police station. There was no exact saying as to why the 2 characters did not show up, but in the last movie they put all their money on roulette and we can guess that they blew it all off. Although an explanation was given about their absence, it did not feel the same without them in this movie with their constant arguing over simple things. But to make up for that, we had Tej and Roman become the 2 clowns that end up bashing each other over the simple things which I have to hand to the writers for making a well rounded recovery for that.
Our Group of protagonists meet in London as they try to catch a man named Shaw and his crew who are after a satellite device that can disrupt the electronics and communication of an entire country for 24 hours. Here Hobbs gets a new partner; Riley played by the lovely and former MMA fighter Gina Carano, who chases down Letty in the subway tunnels and begins a hell of a good cat fight. After the first chase, Dom spots Letty and follows her. He corners her and she shoots him in the chest and drives off. After attempts of finding her, he follows her to an underground street race and challenges her to a race. I admire that the director implemented a street race once again, especially since a possibly good street race was edited out in Fast 5 between Doms 1970 Dodge Charger and A local’s 2001 Porsche 911 GT3. After the race Dom finds out that her memory was wiped out and she was found by Shaw in the hospital looking for talent that can use a fresh start. After Letty leaves, Shaw confronts Dom right after and they exchange words and we discover how good Shaw’s intel really is and He threatens Dom’s family and friends if he doesn’t back off. It was here we discover that Shaw is a powerful developing villain, sticking to his role of no mercy as a SAS soldier gone rouge. He played a villain that no other Fast and Furious villain has touched so far.
In the meantime, Brian O’ Conner discovers that Shaw is linked to Bragas, the antagonist in the 4th installment of this series. He goes undercover (sort of) into a prison where he is being held and discovers everything about Shaw and how to find him. He also discovers what exactly happened to Letty on that fateful night.
As they soon realize, our heroes are out gunned, rivaled by superior technology and skilled henchmen. The antagonists making many escapes from Dom and his crew, a manhunt in a single country soon jumps from continent to continent. When Shaw gets a tank and wreaks chaos on a bridge in Spain, Dom and the gang take them out and get them in custody. And here we discover Shaw’s prowess and how far his arms can really reach. He sent two of his goons to find Mia and Elena, Elena made it away with baby Jason and Mia gets taken hostage. To keep Mia alive they have to let Shaw and his crew go with the satellite chip, and of course our protagonists agree. As they leave we find one of our ‘heroes’ Riley, Hobbs’ partner leave with Shaw as a double agent playing good cop the entire time.
I will start with a couple cons about the film. We all realize and acknowledge that this is completely fictional, even though some of the stunts seem so realistic that they look fake. Second, the last action sequence with the airstrip that seemed like it was 50 miles long before the plane ended up going down after it should have run out of run way much longer ago.
Now to the Pros; This is honestly one of the most action packed movies I have seen in a very long time. I have seen movies with a lot of action but poorly scripted and choreographed. In Fast 6, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time from amazingly put together action sequences and stunt drivers, this insanely high octane fueled movie is perfect for people who love cars or don’t. After watching Fast 5 I really couldn’t think how much better Fast 6 could really be, but until after I sat down and watched it I must say that really is the best of the franchise so far.
A final word: Stay after the credits for a treat.
My final review: 90/100