Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Directed by Justin Lin (his fourth and final movie in the saga), Runtime: 2 hrs. 11 mins.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Gal Gadot, Sung Kang, Luke Evans, and Elsa Pataky
In 6, Hobbs enlists Toretto and his crew to help him catch a highly skilled team of mercenaries. Led by the ruthless Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), they prove to be our crew’s biggest challenge yet. Further complicating matters is the possible return of a ghost from Dom’s past. If he can take down Shaw, Toretto can make his family whole again and return home once and for all.
Fast & Furious 6 is another solid addition to the well-established saga. This time around, Dom’s crew is facing challenges they never could have dreamed of before. For the very first time, they are operating on the “right” side of law. Gone are the days of them hunting down drug dealers and running from the police- they are now on an international level.
Owen Shaw is a former solider with a knack for dealing in vehicular warfare, making him a perfect match for our favorite racers. Rather than being confined to just driving, we see them handle sophisticated tech-gear and operate high powered weapons, with seemingly no practice. It is a stretch sure, but it’s interesting to see these new skill sets emerge.
Everyone gets their moment to shine, which is impressive given the size of the cast. Tej (Ludacris), who is the go-to tech guy is seen taking part in some of the action and getting behind the wheel as well. Fast talking Roman (Tyrese Gibson) also gets to show off in a little hand to hand combat at one point.
The action in the film is unlike anything we’ve seen before. Just when you thought it wasn’t possible to do anything new or exciting, this movie comes along and surprises you. I thought that all of the action was well executed and much of the credit for that goes to Justin Lin, who also sat in the director’s chair for 3, 4, and 5. That he managed so many moving parts at once is pretty impressive.
There is one thing about Fast & Furious 6 that does bother me a little. It is the resurrection of Michelle Rodriguez’ character Letty. In a post-credits scene from Fast Five, we learned that she was still alive, after “dying” during Fast & Furious. She lost her memory and was taken in by Shaw, ultimately joining his team and helping him pull off jobs across the globe.
Her return is something reminiscent of a soap-opera story line, but I do like the character Letty and what she adds to the franchise. She is tough, no-nonsense, and can hang with the guys, but also has a soft side. Letty doesn’t have to sacrifice one of these for the other and I think that’s part of what makes her so strong.
She goes up against a new character named Riley (Gina Carano) in this movie and both times they meet, each is left bloody and bruised. Their first fight in particular I saw as a new take on the big fight Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson had in Fast Five.
Fast and Furious 6 also places an even greater emphasis on the importance of family. The only reason that Dom and his crew sign on for this mission and travel to London is to bring Letty home. She has no memory of any of them, not even Dom, and they still go to war for her. For a franchise that many people write off as a silly or ludicrous, I think this is a powerful statement and one of the reasons these movies resonate with so many people.
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