Movie Review: Fast & Furious 6 (Mindless Popcorn Action at its Best)


“Fast & Furious 6” is so ridiculous that even if you  suspend all beliefs in logic and physics heading into the film (as you should), you’d still be awing at the ridiculousness it all.  Yet, the film succeeds by proudly embracing its stupidity and tells the audience “you’re gonna enjoy this because it is damn good entertainment!”

The filmmakers of the sixth installment of the “Fast & Furious” franchise have capitalized on making it James Bond-esque in that they can churn out more sequels from now on without feeling franchise fatigue.  Walking in the footsteps of “Fast Five,” which was a success beyond everyone’s expectations (it reached #66 all time box office!), “Fast & Furious 6” had some tough shoes to fill to keep the franchise going, and delivers.

Almost all of the cast from “Fast Five” returns for “6”, joined by new characters played by Luke Evans and MMA star Gina Carano, as well as returning characters played by John Ortiz and Michelle Rodriguez.  Add this to the core cast played by Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Ludacris, Tyrese, Sung Kang, Elsa Patalky, Gal Gadot… and you have a lot of… people.  Surprisingly, the film doesn’t feel bloated despite the huge cast as it manages to allocate some special moments to all of these characters.

Here is an accurate synopsis of “Fast and Furious 6”:  Good guys chases some bad guys.  The bad guys chase back.  Spectacular car chases occur.  Gun fights and fist fights galore.  Bodies fly in the air.  Things blow up.  Hit and miss attempts at humor.  Plot ‘twists’.  One side wins.  The end.

“Fast & Furious 6” is a Michael Bay film without the pretentiousness.  It is more implausible than all of the “Die Hard” films combined.  It has set the franchise up for more sequels better than Stallone’s “The Expendables”.  But it’s all for good.  And if the film doesn’t put a smile on your face, the ending will.

Author: dky1

A graduated (but still caffeinated) student. I write mostly politics and movie reviews in the Third Cup blog, and some fiction, short stories, and gaming journal on the Loner's Diaries blog.

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