OMG, The Fast and the Furious films continue and it seems as if they take themselves too seriously but they know the rest of us won’t, and they just don’t care.
OMG, The Fast and the Furious films continue and it seems as if they take themselves too seriously but they know the rest of us won’t, and they just don’t care. It doesn’t matter how ridiculous any of it is, as long as people are willing to sit in the theater and take it, they are just determined to keep dishing it out. And apparenlty audiences have a high tolerance for nonsense, because this is number six in the series, with number seven on it’s way. Yeah, you heard me.
This time around, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Dom (Vin Diesel), and Brian (Paul Walker), get the gang back together to take down a criminal mastermind that runs a group of mercenary drivers that crosses 12 countries. If Dom and the crew succeed? They all get full pardons. Sweet, sweet freedom.
The only problem with that is, as we see the team get called back to action, they all seem to be doing great outside the U.S. They all scored many millions of dollars back in Fast Five, so they all own private jets, are rich enough to buy half a dozen or so REALLY expensive custom cars, and own homes in exotic locales. And if the money wasn’t enough, they ‘re all actor or model gorgeous, so finding people to sleep with certainly isn’t an issue. What possible incentive could they deem strong enough to get them back into the game? Dom’s babe, Letty, has somehow turned up. This is not a spoiler, people, Michelle Rodriquez is listed on the IMDb page and if you look close, you can see her in the trailer. So, when Dom sees a photo of her, he’s back in – and the rest of the team is too, because Dom is all about “family”.
What can I possibly say about the acting here? Every word out of each actors mouth is completely absurd. Most scenes of these people speaking to each other is laughable. And when I say that, I mean the audience audibly laughed. It’s approaching a “Plan 9 From Outer Space” kind of funny. The writer of this and most of the franchise, Chris Morgan, is either having a bit of fun at the studio’s expense, or is as clueless as the studio suits.
Either way, it’s a big, silly, money machine full of uber cheesey guys trying to out-cool each other and over the top car stunts. Forget physics and reality. Forget that most of this film is either shot like a bad MTV music video or a virtually incomprehensible flurry of action shot from a camera that won’t stop moving long enough to give you any idea of who is driving what car. Seriously, director Justin Lin needs to hold the camera steady just for a second – long enough to establish who is where.
But despite all this, Fast and Furious 6 is actually a big steaming pile of hilarious fun. Laughing at Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson flex and say uber tough guy words – not sentences, just words – is great. It’s like they’ve broken down the testosterone-filled male role to it’s most basic elements and have mastered it’s simplicity. It’s all pissing contest and neanderthal grunts with these guys. And their characters are on the same side this time. Beating each other up? Hell no, it’s them fighting together against the bad guys! Woo hoo! It’s like Johnson turns on “The Rock” persona for just a moment.
Paul Walker returns here as Brian O’Connor because, hey, he wasn’t doing anything else anyway. If it weren’t for these movies nobody would know who he is at all. Oh, let’s face it, people STILL don’t know who he is. Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang and yes, Michelle Rodriguez all return and are more well known. They’ve added Gina Carano to the cast as Hobbs’ partner. She does just fine here by kicking a lot of ass.
The action is insane. The stunts are insane. It’s a little hard to tell which is really taking place live and which is all green screened. I guess that’s a good thing, but in the end, who really cares? As long as the action is ridiculously over the top and laughably so, then we’re getting our money’s worth. And you surely do. People flying through the air, tanks crushing cars done the freeway, cars smashing out of burning airplanes, what else do you need? And speaking of planes on fire, the final set piece here involves what must be the longest airport runway on Earth. 20 minutes to get from one end to the other at high speed? What?
This is popcorn film making at it’s most frivilous. Fast and Furious 6 is loud, stupid, and laughably cheesey across the board. In the studio’s clueless attempt to make a serious action film, they have produced something that you want to hate, but have to finish laughing first. How ridiculous can it get? Well, the tag line for this is “all roads lead to this”, but really all roads lead to…Fast and Furious 7, which is currently in pre-production. Who are they adding to the cast next time? You’ll find out in the very last scene of this one. And they have pretty much guaranteed I’ll go see 7 because I love the movies this action guy stars in. You can also see who it is on IMDb. (Tiny SPOILER) That’s right, The Transporter himself, Jason Statham. Right?! That was the reaction I had, along with the rest of the audience. Awesome.
Fast and Furious 6 is absurd – to the tune of three and a half kittenhands. It’s entertaining in spite of itself. If you like this series of films, you won’t be disappointed. If you like Vin Diesel’s low, gravelly, mono-syllabic line delivery, oh sweet lord you will love this. If you like romantic comedies, stay home.
~ Neil T. Weakley, your average movie-goer, waiting for my guilty pleasure of the next Riddick film. I know, it’s shameful.