In my opinion, if you look up the definition of “Hollywood Blockbuster” in the dictionary, you’ll find the entire The Fast and the Furious franchise. The movies have literally every key ingredient:
- Fast cars
- Action & adventure
- “Big name” actors
- Hot girls
- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Everyone thought Fast Five (2011) was going to be the last of these movies, and it ended on a really good note… That is until the post-credit scene that basically revealed that this franchise wasn’t finished yet. Thus, we have Fast & Furious 6 (2013).
The film has recurring characters, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), Roman, (Tyrese Gibson), Han (Sung Kang), and Tej (Ludacris) being recruited once again by Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) to stop a skilled crew of drivers from stealing… things.
This is actually the first time these guys have been matched up with basically, a Bizarro team of themselves. It’s also the first time in franchise history that the protagonists aren’t TECHNICALLY the bad guys. They are working WITH the police on this one and aren’t trying to thwart them or avoid them. Not that that wasn’t a bad thing in the series; I just like that they did something different.
The action in this movie was… redonkulous. And you only use the word “Redonkulous” to describe Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011), and the body of the girl who was in Ted Mosby’s yoga class. You’ve got people beating the snot out of each other, cars races, car chases, people jumping out of cars, A TANK IN ONE SCENE, explosions, crashes, guns, it literally gets more wild than any of the other FF movies.
If you love cars (I know Brad does), you’ll love the ones in this movie. My three favorites were the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro, the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona, and the 1970 Ford Escort RS1600 MK1. Notice how they’re all American… What up.
The story is easy to follow, just like any FF movie. “We need to do this so that this can happen.” And then they get into car chases and eventually reach there goal in some way shape or form. These films aren’t meant to be, “Thought provoking tours de force.” They are Hollywood Blockbusters. They attract easy going people who want to be entertained; and above all they’re meant to rake in money. After all, film is a business in the end. Just like anything in the world, we play to get paid. That’s the American dream!
I wouldn’t say Fast & Furious 6 is the best of the FF movies, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was thoroughly entertained. I will say, that it ran a little long and could have done without a few scenes. It was also rather predictable at times. But the film did what it intended to do and ONCE AGAIN had a scene after the credits revealing that there will be a seventh one. Not to mention the cameo in this post-credit scene is wicked…. I’m not sorry for saying wicked, I’m from Massachusetts… Go Sox.
Overall rating: 7/10
If I had to rank the movies in the franchise, it would go as follows:
- The Fast and the Furious (2001)
- Fast Five (2011)
- Fast & Furious (2009)
- Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
- 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
- The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
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