Fast & Furious 6
Director: Justin Lin
Writer: Chris Morgan
Sequel to: The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Matt Schulze, Gal Gadot, Sung Kang, Joaquim de Almeida, Elsa Pataky, Luke Evans, Shea Whigham, John Ortiz, [SPOILER] Jason Statham [/SPOILER]
After the events of Fast Five, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian’s (Paul Walker) group have scattered around the globe. Dom and Elena (Elsa Pataky), Brian and Mia (Jordana Brewster) have settled down in paradise but it doesn’t feel like home to them. So when Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) tracks them down and offers them pardons in exchange for hunting down Shaw (Luke Evans), plus shows them pictures of a clearly still alive Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) working with Shaw, they jump at the chance and reassemble their team.
Fast & Furious 6 is fun. I do think it might have the dumbest script of them all, but maybe just because of that it’s extremely entertaining.
After we came out of the film, kathrintha nicely summed up the entire thing with, “that script is a piece of art.” And it is. It’s sometimes slightly dadaist in its incomprehensibility and logic jumps, but it’s definitely a monument. Maybe just a monument to stupidity, but impressive nevertheless. Plus, it makes Vin Diesel fly. Several times.
It also does what I didn’t really think possible: it actually ties Tokyo Drift into the series and (kinda) explains the continuity of it. [But if that means that they want to bring back Lucas Black, they really should reconsider.] I didn’t think that it was actually necessary to do that, especially since it makes it harder to ignore the film’s existence, but hey, it’s something.
And there were several things I really enjoyed about the film. The dynamics within the team and the banter are actually pretty fun. There are some nice hand-to-hand fight scenes which are absolutely cool. Especially the ones between Gina Carano and Michelle Rodriguez (seriously, it should be a law somewhere that if you have a movie with the two of them, there have to be at least five minutes of fighting, it’s that awesome).
It seems like Morgan and Lin have really found their pace now and know (mostly) how to make things work so that you leave the cinema maybe a few brain cells short, but at least thoroughly entertained.
Summarising: wonderful popcorn cinema.