My boyfriend and I finally got to the last movie of May that was on our hit list. its one that is the top one on my list for the summer, Fast & Furious 6. Being at the theatre almost every week makes all the commercials feel long, but then the previews were different with the new World War Z trailer and the new Pacific Rim trailer. Nothing beats the moment Fast & Furious 6 started and we pick up right where Fast Five ended 😉
Director: Justin Lin
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) start off this movie almost like how this last one ended up with a race. Except this time, we see them settle down as Mia (Jordana Brewster) has her little baby. Good times can’t last forever and just when they had decided to not go those crazy projects again, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) comes by with another assignment for them but this time with a bigger bait to reunite the family. Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) was spotted as part of a major group lead by ex-military Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) who had bigger plans except he had already taken down a whole military convoy. With the exchange of giving Dom and his team pardon for everything they had done, he employed them to gather together and help him with this assignment. The team was the same as last time save for the two Mexican drivers with Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele (Gal Gadot), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris). As the assignment gets further, the situation gets bad to worse when Owen Shaw is a lot more than they had ever encountered before.
I’m trying to keep this as spoiler free as possible. That plot could be full of excitement! I’m going straight out to say that I LOVE THIS ONE! If you have read my Fast Five review (or if you haven’t, its right HERE), these movies are loud, explosive, intense and fun. Its something you walk into and just watch action over and over again. The story is usually really basic and there’s always one objective to everything. This time, we get a bit more. The story is still straight forward but we bring in some more slowed down moments to incorporate the story of Letty and what happened. She is an important part of this group and is part of the family so it was worth the time to put that part in and I appreciated them for doing that.
The last few Fast and Furious and made us acknowledge that Justin Lin has got this franchise so well in his mind. Its his baby that he picked up from a low point and brought it to its full potential. In this one, he doesn’t hold off one little bit. He throws us everything in the playbook. We get back our street racing and then the team has a surprise fight with tanks. We get weirdly modified supercars with some crazy technology that makes them change the way their cars are made. We get the crazy ending scene with a plane. Lots of gunfight or just close hand combat. Its packed with a lot of awesomeness!
They keep their funny dialogue from mostly Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris that usually makes everyone laugh a bit in between all the loud explosions and action-packed moments. The team is the same as before so if you’ve been following the franchise, it feels like home because we know them from the past few flicks already. However, I’m not exactly sure if there are people that would see this if they haven’t seen the previous one at the bare minimum. This one links a lot of the past ones together and I felt all nostalgic in the opening credits sequence.
I never talk much about the bad guys in this one because the focus is the team themselves. This time, we have Luke Evans playing the cunning and smart Owen Shaw. His team is one that is tough and a match to Dom’s. Shaw is somewhat cold-blooded because he doesn’t really care much about the sacrifices of his team but at the same time, he is extremely confident in his plans as they are almost always impenetrable. This one is a tough cookie and his team really does kick some serious ass.
Fast & Furious 6 is on par with Fast Five for me. I took a night to think about it before writing this up. This one is loud and explosive. The ending hour at the minimum was intense like crazy. This movie is a 2.5 hours movie and it does not feel like that at all. It feels absolutely awesome to get into such an anticipated movie and get exactly what I wanted and maybe even more. I loved every minute of it and its a definite Blu-ray purchase when it comes out 🙂 Plus, stay just a little bit to see the actual ending that’ll lead us into the pre-producing Part 7, because it blew my mind!
As much as I’m a bit skeptical of James Wan being the new director to do Fast 7, and I’m wondering what else could he possibly do to make it any more than this one was? With what I saw at the end, I’m still really excited!!!