‘Fast & Furious 6′ Review

Published 2 years ago by , Updated November 15th, 2014 at 12:39 am,

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At times, Fast & Furious 6 is a little unwieldy, saddled with a lot of added baggage, but it’s still an extremely entertaining ride.

Fast & Furious 6 picks up after the successful Rio heist in Fast Five, with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew having given up their lives of crime, spending their hard-earned (read: stolen) money jet setting, wooing supermodels – or in the case of Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), adjusting to fatherhood. All seems well until Diplomatic Security Service Agent, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), tracks Toretto down, requesting the team’s assistance in stopping an international terrorist – in exchange for full U.S. pardons.

Toretto agrees to help and the rest of his crew assemble in London, where they come face-to-face (or car-to-car) with infamous Ex-Special Forces soldier-turned-robber Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), along with his team of cold-blooded killers and expert gear-heads. With only days to stop Shaw from acquiring a dangerous piece of technology, Toretto and his team find themselves out-manned, out-gunned, and forced into taking desperate measures in order to stop the terrorist before he can sell his weapon to the highest bidder.

Director Justin Lin returns to helm Fast & Furious 6. The filmmaker joined the series back in 2006 with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and was instrumental in reinvigorating the franchise – ditching the niche car culture drama (dripping with machismo and scantily clad women) in favor of bombastic vehicle stunts. Fast Five was the most successful film in the series – delivering eye-popping driving sequences along with entertaining character moments – does the director up-the-ante with Fast & Furious 6?

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Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in ‘Fast & Furious 6′

Lin’s latest entry successfully pushes the film series to bigger and more outrageous heights, sometimes at the expense of believability and compelling character drama. However, there’s little doubt that franchise fans (along with anyone who enjoyed Fast Five) will be disappointed by Fast & Furious 6. There are a few eye-rolling moments and, as in prior entries, a very heavy-handed message about “family” (along with some awkward legacy story beats) but scene-to-scene the film offers a no-holds-barred flurry of memorable action and tongue-in-cheek character moments that will definitely entertain moviegoers – even if the plot doesn’t hold up under close scrutiny.

The car stunts are bigger (and crazier) than ever before – easily outdoing the scale of the Rio “Vault” scene from the prior film. Moviegoers who had trouble suspending disbelief in Fast Five will face a similar challenge with Fast & Furious 6, but for anyone on-board with the series’ premise, every outrageous sequence is punctuated with plenty of slick visuals and fun one-liners. The film’s climax suffers a bit from overly-frantic green screen shots, making it hard to fully-appreciate individual altercations – which are sometimes lost in a blur of fast-moving scenery, punches, and gunplay. However, much like the rest of the film, the sum is often better than its individuals parts, and despite a few disorienting elements in the finale, the full sequence is still immensely exciting – and ranks among the series’ most iconic moments.

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Dwayne Johnson and Gina Carano in ‘Fast & Furious 6′

This round, Dominic Toretto takes center stage (again) – in a personal story that sheds light on his past and the present challenge posed by Owen Shaw. Still, this is a Fast and Furious film, so any attempts at character development are delivered through on-the-nose dialogue about family, sacrifice, and faith. Similarly, the movie works extremely hard to balance franchise legacy elements with recent additions from Fast Five and, as a result, the core Toretto arc is punctuated with clumsy storytelling that can be awkward at times (but not outright distracting). It’s all forgivable, but given the amount of time dedicated to the character’s personal journey, emotional beats never quite deliver on their promises of compelling drama.

Walker’s Brian O’Conner is marginalized this time, given a downright bizarre side-story that could have easily been left out of the film entirely (by adding one or two lines of exposition). The character remains a key member of the crew (and a counterpoint for Toretto), but with the addition of more interesting side-characters like Luke Hobbs (Johnson), O’Conner’s contributions this round are some of the least memorable (or sensical). The dynamic between Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej Parker (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) help off-set the emotionally charged Toretto plot with fun banter as well as misadventures – and, as mentioned, Hobbs (along with partner Riley, played by Gina Carano) add plenty of bone-crushing fisticuffs to the mix.

Shaw, aided by a strong (but ice-cold) performance from Luke Evans, serves as a good foil for Toretto and his gang – showing how differences in the team leaders result in their respective successes and failures. Toretto’s reliance on his family is his greatest vulnerability – whereas Shaw views his team members as nothing more than engine parts (each with their own expiration date). While the analogies get a bit heavy-handed by the end, the dynamic is interesting and serves as a fun opportunity to see Toretto and the team face a colder and more calculated set of doppelgangers.

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Luke Evans as Owen Shaw in ‘Fast & Furious 6′

That said, the Fast & Furious 6 story is full of plot holes and underdeveloped moments of emotional impact. The majority of them will speed by on an initial viewing, but once all of the twists have been revealed and moviegoers are left standing in the aftermath, it’s a noticeably paper-thin plot. Worse yet, the film never takes the necessary time to make sense of several key character moments – sacrificing development, explanations, and/or emotional catharsis for the sake of keeping the film’s pacing up. As stated, there’s never really time to consider these shortcomings in the moment, but for a story that focuses so much on the importance of “family,” the movie ultimately underserves a few featured members who are, apparently, less important than the high-octane thrills.

Of course, impactful drama has never been the primary goal of the Fast & Furious series – and for that reason, it’s hard to imagine that returning viewers will be underwhelmed by the offerings in Fast & Furious 6. Lin has created a bigger (albeit not necessarily better) film that will please moviegoers looking for nitro-infused car stunts, amusing characters, and enormous action sequences. At times, Fast & Furious 6 is a little unwieldy, saddled with a lot of added baggage, but it’s still an extremely entertaining ride.

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Fast & Furious 6 runs 130 minutes and is Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language. Now playing in theaters.

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comment section below. If you’ve seen the movie and want to discuss details about the film without worrying about spoiling it for those who haven’t seen it, please head over to our Fast & Furious 6 Spoilers Discussion.

For an in-depth discussion of the film by the Screen Rant editors check out our Fast & Furious 6 episode of the SR Underground podcast.

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3.5 out of 5
(Very Good)

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  1. I don’t know whether to be genuinely surprised that it was this good or this bad…

  2. flim s good…
    yes dere r sum flaws with story continuity….
    but visually it s awsum…and actin s epic…addition of gina carano nd Joe Taslim worked for good…d movie is full of action from start to finish….

    • ^ this is the market Universal are aiming for

      • LOL..

      • +1,000,000

      • You sir deserve a medal

  3. Saw this last night and I must say it’s a lot better than I expected. I thought it would be more of the same but to me this had somewhat of an Itailian Job sort of feel to it. The storyline wasn’t top notch but it wasn’t bad either. Gina Carano and Luke Evans were nice additions. If you liked Fast 6 then you will be a fan of this movie. I give it about a 4 stars as it’s a good movie with some flaws but nothing enough to ruin the movie.

  4. i had fun watching it, cant wait for the next

  5. Really enjoyed it. Good two weeks at the movies starting with Star Trek and now Fast 6.

  6. I was fine with everyone but Gina Carano who makes me want to bash my head against the wall. Yeah she can kick ass but she is the worst actress in the history of actresses. At least for the others without much skill they have a presence about them that works for the film. Gina is just bland.

  7. Enjoyed it but still think fast five is the best in the series

    • I’d say it was almost on par with 5. This one gets points for introducing a more formidable nemesis for Dom and Brian to go up against.

      Very very dumb, but equally absolutely awesome and exactly what I needed. The whole tank sequence was definitely the highlight for me.

      I love the world they’re building, at this stage I see no end in sight for the series. I really like these characters now.

      As a Londoner many of the action set pieces seemed even more ridiculous but it’s all part of the fun!

    • I concur that it is not quite as good as Fast Five which is the best but Furious Six is definitely up there.

      I agree that the foes in this film are badass and formidable. Like the bizarro version of the team.

      However this film did break the trend (sort of) that the even-numbered produced films are generally borderline bad films. (See 2Fast 2Furious and Fast and Furious [the fourth]).

  8. it was just redic

    i was laughing at it, not with it.

  9. Gina Carano may not be a great actress, but she’s still a better actress than Kristen Stewart….

    • Okay. That’s very relevant.

  10. hdtgm

  11. So Brian (Walker) gets the shaft in this one? Well he hasn’t been too interesting since 2 Fast 2 Furious. That’s their fault.

    Looking forward to this.

    • Honestly, Dominic Torreto (Diesel) have been becoming the main focus since Vin became producer.

      Brian is equally interesting and Walker makes best with what he got. His story is marginalized but at least Brian got his story isolated from the general group with his own reasons of going through with the mission.

      They should really allow Brian to take center stage as he was in the beginning. Or at least give everyone equal opportunity.

  12. Myth. Do you speak English? That was a travesty to the English language. My lord!!! Go back to your posting and please please for the sake of humanity. Learn how to speak and type English in a proper manner that was just god awful.

  13. Is there an after credits thing or was that just a rumor?

  14. I concur with this review.

    Furious Six may not not be quite as good as Fast Five in basic fundamentals, but the film is just as enjoyable and entertaining with bigger action, escalated conflict (formidable foes this time around), and hilarious character moments.

    The film’s central storyline is a bit of refresher as it takes a step away from the usual set up going up against drug dealers and evading the cops and the general characters are set up in their current conditions and well acquainted with one another. The film makes sure to show us that these characters generally like each other and work well together- a real family. Some characters allow to do more in the film beyond a certain need of the plot and actually behave as people. However the flip side to this point is that some characters, while enjoyable to watch, feel marginalized and surplus.

    Dominic Torreto again takes center stage and his story with Letty fills up most of the plot when it can have easily been streamlined into the larger conflict. The film tries to do this but I felt personally that it was not executed as well as it was in Fast Five where the main story was identifiable and the smaller (and marginalized) sub-plots were equally distinct yet intimately connected with the external conflict. Thus, this returns to some of the cast members being charming and entertaining yet ultimately with no clear purpose to the story besides adding extra muscle or driving to the film.

    Brian O’Connor who initially started as the main face and character of the franchise does feel marginalized in this film yet his story which does not go far, does carry weight and let Paul Walker a little bit more to do with this film than what he has done since the second installment. At one point, Brian goes off in his own storyline that is distinct and allows the character to be his own capable self and not Dom’s shadow that the writers have been pushing him towards.

    All the actors do the job well and carry the weight or comic-relief quite well. I can definitely see multiple spin offs going on. Michelle Rodriguez makes a great return although I do ask what was the ultimate purpose of writing her off in the first place? (I really do not care much for Fast and Furious as one can see and this film ties heavily into that film).

    Luke Evans did admirable job with little that he is given yet again proving himself an actor with much presence and charisma to elevate even the most underwritten of roles. This is not to say Owen Shaw was a weak villain by any means but rather the acting was good enough and the scenes were great that it really warranted more screen time.

    The action is bigger and I am afraid some of the great moments were spoiled in the trailers- especially the plane scene. This is not say the scenes are flat or the film does not offer more action than what is seen in the trailer but some moments would have more weight if not shown previously.

    Overall, I question what was some of the logic of the filmmakers of making certain choices that I cannot spoil or discuss in depth here. It is not fault of the film itself but where this installment stands in advancing the overall storyline of the series. It seems more that this film was rectifying some mistakes committed in other installments, notably Fast and Furious.

    Beyond the nitpicks, Furious Six would definitely target the mainstream audience that were won over with Fast Five and function more as film that glues previous entries together and rectify some of the more controversial choices in past films. The film serves as building up the world and laws of physics defying stunts while honoring the legacy of the franchise roots. People who complain about the premise before hand of the film would not likely find something worthy but the installment as the previous, work on expanding the niche of the series and be a quintessential summer action blockbuster.

    Personally, the film has exceeded and offers plenty of laughs and spectacle with serviceable straight forward plot and characters. Not quite as good as Fast Five and may need more of grounded character moments (See: The Fast and The Furious, The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift) but the film does break the trend of the even-numbered produced films as being weaker and borderline terrible films, even with the given premise (2Fast 2Furious is weaker despite cheap thrills, Fast and Furious is cliched, terrible film).

    Furious Six offers up an escalated piece of entertainment that knows what it is and continues to expand the boundaries of what it could be on an entertainment level.

    3.5 to 4 Stars

  15. i dont get why everyone gives 5 such high praise, to me it was a movie with no identity – it tried being a thousand and one different genres within the 1hr and 30 or so minute run time… 5 barely had any car related scenes in it (minus the train chance and the heist) so why is it considered ‘the best’ when it barely had what started the series and made it cool – cars and babes ?

    this one looks like it has finally put cars in front of random shoot out scenes with the addition of some cool looking fight scenes (gina carano is BA). i’ll probably watch it on cheap movie night since college has been bleeding me dry from the a** :P

    good review ben, but i would like it if you guys spent a little time talking about things like camera and editing, especially for soft core (non-R rated) action movies.

    • Well, in fairness, I did talk about how distracting the camera work/green screen was in the final action set piece. I know cinematography is a sticking point for you but I don’t notice it too much unless it’s really interesting or really bad. So, I tend to not focus on that too much.

      That said, I appreciate the reminder. It’s good to be mindful of the info our readers want.

  16. Just watched it and it was great. I liked how it all tied back to the movie that reinvinted this franchise, which is Fast & Furious 4. These movies are never about the plot, that isn’t why people come out to see these films. This is a pure action movie, and it delivers on that. The core group was great, and the little twist with Hobbs partner in the beginning was interesting. I enjoyed this movie, and I will not nitpick about it at all; as I’ll say it again, people only want to see outrageous stunts and a little car action. The only thing I was disappointed about was that they didn’t have a super awesome opening scene, like the last two films. We all know there will be a Fast 7 and the core plot of that movie, but I hope it ends after that. This is one of the few franchises that has reinvented itself and churned out three great sequels, let it end after the next one.

  17. i enjoyed it but youre totally right, this movie is full of dumb dialogue and just a silly plot that needed work. its incredibly entertaining asnd pretty funny, but i def found myself laughing at the movie just as much as i was laughing with it.

  18. The movie was moving along nicely and I was enjoying it but then things just got way too unbelievable. I’m all for checking my logic at the door when I watch a summer popcorn movie, but not my brain.

    Once the tank shows up its just ridiculous. The trailer also gave away too much. I would watch it again at home but I wouldn’t pay to see it again.

  19. Fast and Furious 6 is a nice action movie. I love the movie

  20. These Fast and Furious movies get better and better. Yes, believability left the building a long time ago. That is not why we love these movies. I look forward to the next one. Pure entertainment.

  21. Totally entertained by this movie. My son and daughter also loved it. I would say, for me, it was the best F&F movie to date. Solid 4/5 for me.

  22. Furious 6 defies the logic especially last scene with Antonov 124 (second biggest cargo aircraft in the world)…Normally it takes 45seconds to 1 minute for an aircraft to lift off…Imagine the speed will be around 300km/h – 400km/h for an aircraft that size to lift off…It will be logical during taxing but not on the runway…

    Not to forget the burning fuel & heat after the crash…that scene made me wondering when Vin walks around the burning aircraft…

    Final – Alfa Romeo over taking Antonov 124 prior to the crash? Un-imaginable!

  23. this is like four or five movies all rolled into one which does create a Bruce-Lee “blurred-hands” effect in the viewer’s mind – never has so much been attempted in one movie by so few !

    movie no. 1 aka The California Kid Goes Around The World – Paul Walker comes full circle going from tortured-cop in the first movie to being free at last, free at last

    movie no. 2 aka The Italian Mechanic Job – Dom goes home with ALL the cookies – girl, cash, honour, friends, freedom and family home – talk about a JACKPOT !

    movie no. 3 aka Wacky Scooby-Doo Street-Racers Versus Marvel’s Evil-Bond – the formulaic international-heist movie gets ram-raided by a team of real-life Marvel-mocking spanner-wielding super-heroes – the sequel to Five sees our heroes literally in an alternate universe in which they are hopelessly out-tooled

    movie no. 4 aka The Return of Tokyo Drift : The Transporter – the franchise’s pre-orgasm moment just before FF7 as 6 ties up every loose franchise thread imaginable over the course of its 130 minutes (except the exact whereabouts of Omar and Calderon) before roaring into the tunnel named FF3:Tokyo Drift like a runaway express train in the end credits – what light yonder shines ?

    movie no. 5 – Fast 6 : Blame It On The Rio – Dom, Brian and Hobbs are all hooked up now with their respective babes, surely it is the turn of Tyrese and Ludacris next ? especially after the highly promising Han-Gisele love-in was so cruelly shattered – and what about us car-buffs ? which sexy cars from the past, present and future do we get to see in the nude ? by the look of it they’ve covered every cool car ever short of the old Dusenbergs, a few Lambos and some of those Le Mans style super-racers – and we are already hearing about LA, Tokyo and the Middle-East as the new glamour-spots for all the high-octane action – let this ultra-cool 21st-Century (hip-hop) guts-and glamour-fest drive on !

    My suspicion is 6 will look a whole lot better and make a whole lot more sense once FF7 is out – as the film-makers admitted, they chopped one huge movie into two parts FF6 and FF7 – I can’t wait – just hope James Wan doesn’t go all Twilight on us that’s all