Spoiler Alert - Be sure to watch Fast & Furious 1-5 before reading this review, as it discusses previous plot points.
Friday 17th May sees the UK return of Dominic Toretto, Brian O’Conner and the rest of their petrol head crew for the 6th instalment of The Fast & Furious franchise.
It’s been 12 years since their original debut in 2001’s neon lit movie, The Fast & Furious. Over the years the franchise has developed into a full on adrenalin kick to the face and the 6th film doesn’t disappoint! Dom and the team are taking a well earned break but with Agent Luke Hobbs (played by Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson) still hard at work it’s not long before a favour is called upon and the team are re-assembled. This time our much loved petrol junkies find themselves tearing up the streets of London in pursuit of former Special Ops solider Luke Evans (played by Owen Shaw).
The film is littered with stereotypical English gestures. Everything from toffee nosed auctioneers to local coppers on the beat complete with cockney accents, this is England after all! It’s easily forgiven though thanks to the comical way in which it’s delivered. Presuming that you’re already a Fast fan then you would have learnt to forgive the almost comic book style stunts that the films we have grown to love offer. Everything from the 16 speed gear boxes of the first film to the safe dragging cars of the 5th, the stunts are ridiculous but this is what we have grown to love about the series.
From start to finish Fast & Furious 6 is wall to wall action and Director Justin Lin hasn’t been afraid to notch things up a level by way of a tank chase sequence planted smack bang in the middle of the film. It’s one of those classic Fast & Furious ‘WTF’ moments where you’re left double guessing what you just witnessed.
As you will know by now the third film in the series, Tokyo Drift is actually the 7th film within the timeline. Fast & Furious 6 links this timeline together and fills in the blanks, hence the appearance of Sung Kang’s character, Han who we already know meets his maker in Tokyo Drift. The film also see’s the return of Dom’s true love Letty, presumed dead by the team.
It’s already been confirmed that the 7th film in the series is underway and that’s only strengthened further just a minute or so after the first set of credits make their way up the screen and the plot thickens even further.
In summary then Fast & Furious 6 delivers, and delivers hard! Filled to the brim with fast paced action, hot motors and witty one liners it’s a massively enjoyable film. If by now you haven’t been able to forgive the physic deifying stunts then you’re watching the wrong films!
Review by: Nick Turner
Review Date: 10th May 2013
Fast & Furious 6
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