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May 24, 2013

Six drive

Filed under: Their Films — Rajeev @ 10:45 pm

May 24, 2013

Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Gina Carano, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris

Director: Justin Lin

Like a well-oiled engine, the Fast & Furious series can be counted on to deliver what it promises on the box: gleaming cars, thrilling chases, and buff stars who look like they’ve stepped out of the pages of a fitness magazine. The new installment, Fast & Furious 6 is just as dumb as the previous films, and its action scenes so furiously edited that it’s hard to tell who’s doing what, and to whom. But, as we’ve come to learn, that’s the charm of these movies…the stunts are outrageous, and the plot basic enough for an eight-year-old to enjoy.

The new film opens with our heroes Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) enjoying their retirement, when federal agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) shows up to recruit them in a mission to capture professional hijacker Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). The incentive for Don is a possible reunion with his ex, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), who was presumed dead at the end of the fourth film and who now may be working with Shaw.

Director Justin Lin packs the film with back-to-back chases and set-pieces, never giving you a moment to ponder over the fact that you have no idea till the end, exactly what our villain is after – some codes are mentioned, but never clearly explained. The action itself is outrageous, and whether we’re seeing real stunts or special effects, or a cocktail of both, it’s pretty entertaining stuff. Cars are flipped like pancakes every few seconds, an armored tank creates carnage on a bridge, and an airplane is demolished in the climax.

For those who enjoy their action a little more gritty, you’ll be happy to know Gina Carano (Mixed Martial Arts star, and leading lady of Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire) is cast as Hobbs’ sidekick, and she gets down and dirty in a thrilling girl-on-girl fistfight with Rodriguez in the London Underground.

Don’t expect any improvement in the dialogue – the actors still mouth lines that appear to have been stolen from bumper stickers – and the performances are basically a range of stock expressions: angry, very angry, mad as hell.

At 2 hours and 11 minutes, it’s a little too long, and even the most devoted action-movie fans will sense the exhaustion creeping in. But don’t leave until you’ve caught that post-credits cameo from a popular British star who sets up next year’s seventh installment.

I’m going with three out of five for Fast & Furious 6. It’s loud and noisy, and a lot of fun even if it doesn’t make much sense.

(This review first aired on CNN-IBN)


  1. Yes a British star who likes speeding vehicles. No spoilers here 😛

    Comment by s — May 24, 2013 @ 11:30 pm

  2. FAST FIVE was very entertaing…….hope this one is equaly good.

    Comment by nived — May 25, 2013 @ 12:58 am

  3. I totally agree with you masand.I could only see fast paced racing cars and military tanks and planes around.wat i could not understand from the very beginning was what is all this happening for?is it for a suitcase of sum presumably high affair codes?or jus because 6 ppl wer willing to give it all so dat our hero could reunite wt his ex?the dialgues are delivered in a pace much faster than the cars and by the time you figure out,what one had said..a series of other sch dialogues would have been over.

    all said and done,its a definite gripper for action lovers.i mean hu wudnt love some edge of the seat action.and never to miss the hunk in d climax hu promises that the sequel is no less of fun. 😉

    Comment by sherin — May 25, 2013 @ 10:43 am

  4. Awwww… : ( and here i thought t British star who likes Speeding vehicles wud be Mr.Rowan Atkinson.. 🙁

    Comment by Arun Sunny — May 25, 2013 @ 2:00 pm

  5. and the british star who drives real fast 😛

    not top-notch script agreed, but was totally enjoyable. especially 3 sequences : gina and rodriguez’s fight, vin diesel’s jump and catch on the bridge, and three angry bulls namely vin diesel, dwayne johnson and Kim Kold raging at each other.

    my take – http://jigar-doshi.com/2013/05/fast-furious-6-movie-review/

    Comment by Jigar Doshi — May 25, 2013 @ 4:37 pm

  6. Agreed!
    Here’s What I Thought!

    Comment by Sohan Surag — May 26, 2013 @ 7:48 am

  7. Spoiler alert….
    The british guy who transfers stuff from one place to another 😛

    Comment by Jazzy — May 27, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

  8. Havent seen the movie yet.. just checked out imdb..!!

    Comment by Jazzy — May 27, 2013 @ 6:34 pm

  9. waiting for FF7 😉

    Comment by Manish — May 28, 2013 @ 10:38 am

  10. You have been very generous in giving 3 stars to this one… Doesn’t deserve more than 2 by any measure!

    Comment by Kalyan — May 28, 2013 @ 8:19 pm

  11. More of an action movie with the Fast And Furious Tag attached to it 😛


    Comment by Ajit Ignatius — May 29, 2013 @ 5:26 pm

  12. Fast & Furious 6 builds upon the winning blockbuster formula that made Fast 5 a critical and commercial success.

    Comment by Shubham — May 30, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

  13. The ending was kinda abrupt could have been better, they removed all the sense from the film

    Comment by aditya — May 31, 2013 @ 10:08 pm

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