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Saturday, 25 May 2013

Review: FAST & FURIOUS 6 (2013)

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While it doesn't quite reaches the dizzying height of FAST FIVE in term of action sequences, FAST & FURIOUS 6 is surprisingly more fun and more entertaining than the previous five movies have come before.
 

Just how far one can go with a franchise like THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS that originally centered on illegal street racing? In 2011, director Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan are smart enough to revitalize the series in FAST FIVE by tweaking the formula with a heist-movie undertone. Now, in this sixth installment, Lin and his company has upped their ante by turning FAST & FURIOUS 6 into a MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE-like international intrigue filled with vehicular mayhem. It's hugely ridiculous, alright but FAST &  FURIOUS 6 has no doubt exceeded my expectation for being the best movie in the series I've ever seen so far.

WHAT IS IT ALL ABOUT?

After successfully pulling off a daring $100-million dollars from a Rio de Janeiro heist in FAST FIVE, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), and Mia (Jordana Brewster) are now retired to the Canary Islands in Spain to raise Brian's and Mia's newborn son. But it wasn't long before DSS Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) manages to track them down easily. He presents Toretto photographic evidence of his long-thought dead girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez, who last appeared in 2009's FAST & FURIOUS) that she is actually still alive. And that's not all, Letty is now working for former Special Ops soldier Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), whom Hobbs wanted him badly for possessing a powerful explosive device worth billions that able to cause mass destruction. Hobbs also wants Toretto's help to stop Shaw and in return, he agrees to pardon him and his entire old gang -- which includes Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges), Giselle (Gal Gadot) and Han (Sung Kang).

THE GOOD STUFF
 
Chris Morgan's script has considerably improved this time around. All the returning cast shows more colors and winning chemistry and the jokes are funnier (especially involving Tyrese Gibson and Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges). While Justin Lin can't really matches the height of FAST FIVE's action scenes, they still delivers nonetheless with each set-pieces are outrageously silly but hugely entertaining than the last.


MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT(S)
  
The pulse-pounding daylight chase sequence in the highway involving a tank and the breathtaking finale involving a bunch of racing cars trying to take down a cargo plane in the runway.

THE BAD STUFF
  
Better or improved as it may be, there are still rough patches within Chris Morgan's sometimes long-winded script -- particularly involving the convoluted revelation of Letty's back-from-the-death scenario. At times, Justin Lin tends to get overwhelmed with his hyper-kinetic direction. Some of the action scenes -- particularly hand-to-hand combat -- are mostly shot in rapid zooms and tight angles. Even the first two chase sequences during the night are sometimes hard to decipher what is really happening.

FINAL WORDS

I believe I can fly.... I believe I can touch the car...

Despite some of its flaws, FAST & FURIOUS 6 remains a solid action-movie blockbuster that both fans and action fans will find this a true crowd-pleaser. Likewise, don't leave the cinema yet once the credits roll. There is a mid-credit teaser that ties back the event of 2006's THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT and a revelation of a certain iconic actor who will be appeared in next July's FAST & FURIOUS 7 (which will be directed by SAW helmer James Wan).


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