It’s all empty calories, but yeah, I find the Fast & Furious series to be very entertaining. For a movie or two there it looked like they were just going to crank out vaguely similar movies based on overclocked cars and skinny, barely-clothed women, but over time they’ve woven a bit of an interlocking story together, which continues in Fast & Furious 6.
They’ve brought the majority of the cast from Fast 5 back, and began the story watching how the characters each were spending their share of a $100 million heist they pulled off. Here’s where the story comes right out and begins with the ridiculous. You assume that each character was given about $11 million, and yet, a couple characters are acting like they got all $100 million. Spending as quickly as they were, they should have run out of money about a month and a half in. BUT this is F&F, so let’s put a pin in that one and move on…
In walks Dwayne Johnson’s muscles, followed a week later by Dwayne Johnson, reprising his role of CIA Hulk imitator Luke Hobbs, who delivers the news that a former member of the group, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) long though dead is actually still alive. He tempts these former criminals into helping him take down a criminal mastermind (Owen Shaw, played by Luke Evans) who appears to have taken Letty under his wing. Dom (Vin Diesel) is more than eager to get to Letty, and of course Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) are there to help him, provided they are all given full pardons for prior crimes.
So they reassemble the team, bringing in Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Han (Sung Kang), Gisele (Gal Gadot), and Tej (Ludacris). They left out a couple of previous players, but for this installment, we’ll just assume they are sipping drinks somewhere warm and sunny. Gibson’s chemistry with Kang, Ludacris and Johnson all bring a perfect amount of humor to the film, while Gadot and Kang continue to drop hints as to the story behind F&F3: Tokyo Drift (which is supposed to take place sometime AFTER this movie… yes, a little confusing). And the party starts.
From completely unrealistic chases, crashes, mid air 90MPH catches, and fist-fights, this movie is full of all kinds of ridiculousness, but you really don’t care. As long as you put your brain on MST3K mode and just accept the ridiculousness, it’s a bunch of fun. The villain is so stereotypical that he even has a pencil-thin mustache I was waiting for him to try twirling.
The one thing, oddly enough, that I just COULD NOT get past… The final action scene. I had accepted people flying through the air and receiving naught but perhaps a scrape or bruise. I had accepted a totally hellacious girlfight that should have resulted in several broken ribs as best, broken backs and death from blunt force trauma at worst but again resulted in perhaps a scrape and bruise. I had totally accepted complete decimation of hundreds of vehicles, many of which our heroes were in when they were decimated and SHOULD have resulted in mangling them to bloody pulps, but again produced only a scrape or bruise. But the end scene involved a very large cargo plane attempting to take off and of course our team is chasing it down with their awesome cars, using crazy weapons and whatnot. FOREVER. I said at one point… HOW LONG IS THIS FREAKIN RUNWAY???
Apparently someone else had the same question I did. And created this:
Yes, after everything I saw in those two hours. THAT is what bothered me the most.
But it’s all in fun. Can’t wait until #7!