Fast & Furious 6

From fast food to Nascar, to amusement parks claiming to have the fastest ride on earth, one thing about America is abundantly clear: we’re a nation addicted to speed.  With a nation seemingly unable to get its fill of speed, it’s not a shock that a film franchise built around speed and adrenaline, the Fast and Furious films, would be so successful.  As has become the norm, this summer brings another Fast and Furious film.  The latest, Fast & Furious 6, directed by Justin Lin, stars familiar faces Vin Diesel and Paul Walker.

Fast & Furious 6 begins with our anti-heroes, Dominic (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) weaving in and out of traffic, pulling hair pin turns on a narrow thoroughfare.  When they reach their destination, what they encounter changes Brian and Dom’s life forever.  Soon after this life altering event, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) approaches Brian and Dominic needing help capturing a group of international criminals wreaking havoc and evading police.  Initially, Brian and Dom are uncooperative, but both relent when learning a character previously thought dead may be alive.

The entire gang from Fast Five is off enjoying their new riches in exotic locales with private jets, expensive cars and beautiful women.  Their picture perfect life is quickly interrupted when they all are summoned back into action by Brian and Dom.  They all drop what they’re doing and the entire squad is reunited.  What follows is a film filled with car chases, action, bulging biceps, and more testosterone than Lance Armstrong during the Tour de France.

Fast & Furious 6 is peculiarly written and directed.  Anyone buying a ticket to a film in the Fast and Furious franchise knows what they are in for; fast cars, car chases, and some decent action sequences. And Fast & Furious 6 comes with all of the above in an overwhelming amount and that’s when the film works.  But for whatever reason, the story goes off into several tangents that have nothing to do with the central story once so ever.   It’s not only distracting, it slows the film and gets away from what made it so successful; the action and car chases.  The film also spends an unnecessary large amount of time trying to explain the reappearance of a major character which could have been done in a few scenes.

The story is not bad at all. In fact, despite the undisciplined direction, the story is able to hold your attention.  However, the dialogue is very, very bad.  Almost all of it consists of characters speaking in usual tough guy cliché’s.  The acting is ok, except new comer Gina Carano, who is Razzie- worthy bad.

The Fast and Furious franchise has produced some decent to average films (the original) and some not so great ones (Tokyo Drift ).  Fast & Furious 6 starts off on a high note, but as it progresses, the more outrageous and absurd it becomes.  Fast & Furious 6 isn’t the worst in the franchise, but it’s not the best either.


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