Original Date: May 29, 2013
Well, who would have thought that these movies….The Fast and The Furious movies…..would be that franchise that improves on their sequels since 2 years ago for Fast Five? I get some people don’t really care for these type of movies and I don’t blame for the first 4 movies, although the first one, to me, was okay but more viewable on TV than in the theaters….but now, it’s not just about street racing anymore and I’m glad it really isn’t…..
Since Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian’s (Paul Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam has left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. What’s the payment? The full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.
I’m going to say that I enjoyed this as same as the last entry but a little bit more…..Hell, I loved this movie and I don’t get why most people often bash on the latest efforts of the series. Sure, they do the most outrageous stunts and unbelievable shit that could and will get you killed in an instant but in the end; it’s still more interesting than the last few movies of theirs, especially Tokyo Drift (well, save for Han and something else). I’m not going to go how the plot was but it is those, “We no longer do the shit we do, we’re retired but we’re going to do one last mission and then we’re home free forever” storylines and in my opinion, it brought the franchise into full circle and finally gives some answers to past movies, especially one part of the movie that I’m not going to mention for spoiler reasons. Also, the whole “family dynamic” thing among the crew is a good thing for the movie but it does get a bit schmaltzy for a while, considering it did give us little hints of one of the main characters is going to die and not the obvious one you was thinking.
Telling you about the performances would be redundant as this is an action movie and I couldn’t care less about them but they were, to me, the most entertaining I ever gotten from them, to Vin Diesel, Paul Walker (and for once, he wasn’t as bland as Keanu Reeves), Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (once again, you want a movie to not suck that much? Add him in it.) & Tyrese and Ludacris, whose humor and riffing between them was funnier than the whole runtime of Hangover II….and III. I can’t say much for Gal Gadot and Sung Kang (Giselle and Han, respectively) since I thought they weren’t noticeable in the movie that much. Luke Evans was more of a better and interesting villain than the last one although it’s still pretty much a stock character of crazy villain who wants to fuck the world just cause. Gina Carano was another smart move by the producers, adding her to this addition with her fighting moves and MMA prowess that prove her as a capable action star (well, Haywire proved that but not that much) .
Oh, and you should probably stay for the after-credits scene that is eventually going to lead to “Fast 7”….in fact, I wouldn’t count it as an after-credits scene as the only credits that appear were “A Justin Lin Film” and that you shouldn’t do the shit they did in real life. This is also the second time in a Fast and Furious movie where the main credits were played in the beginning, as opposed to the end.
FINAL VERDICT: I can safely say that Fast 6 or Furious 6 or…whatever….The franchise continues to improve to being from a mundane street racing movie series as that part got lackluster and venture themselves into action film territory….but with cars!!!….and they succeeded at that level.
And how would I rev my engine for Fast 6?
Low FULL PRICE – 8.5/10
And until then, this is MAK2.0 aka The Hybrid, bringing the Fast and The Furious in one movie.
FAST AND FURIOUS 6 – courtesy of Universal Studios