The sixth installment in the Fast and Furious franchise hit theaters this weekend and, if the numbers are any indication, this is not the last we’ll see of these guys. Actually, I know it’s not the last we’ll see of this series since they’ve already green lit part 7 and teased it at the end of 6. But numbers don’t mean everything… was the movie good?
Well, it depends how you look at it. Was the acting good? No. But do you really expect good acting out of a movie like this? I mean, there were some people that did a fine job throughout the flick, but the main stars, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and The Rock, aren’t award winning actors, nor will they ever be. So don’t go into this one expecting to suddenly be blown away by the acting quality of these guys, but you already knew that. So what about the plot… It’s just as ridiculous as you would expect based on what you saw in the trailer. I’m actually a bit disappointed that they did show so much in the trailer, but even though I knew what the main action scenes were going to entail, it didn’t take away from them in the actual flick. The trailer only showed you little snippets of action sequences that go on for 20-30 minutes at a time. So by showing us glimpses of them in the trailer, it’s not really giving away too much. Although there is one little tid bit they showed in the trailer that I would have liked them not too… since it’s the very end of the movie. But other than that, the trailer doesn’t give away too much.
The action sequences are why you are going to see this movie, nothing else. It’s cool to see all of these characters back together after riding with them for so long, but it’s really the over-the-top action sequences we’re here to see… and they deliver 10x over. I feel like they figured out the perfect formula in “Fast 5”, to make a ridiculously entertaining action flick, and then amped it up for part 6. As for the storyline though, the crew has graduated from racing cars and stealing DVD players, to becoming an internationally known crew. The Rock tracks down Vin Diesel and Paul Walker on the coast of Spain and asks for their help in bringing down another sophisticated crime ring that is trying to steal secrete government components in order to build a device that can wipe out all of the electronics in an entire city. The incentive in all of this is that Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), who was killed in the 4th movie, is not dead, but instead working with this other crew. And how do they explain all of this? Amnesia and a guy that didn’t actually put a bullet in her head in part 4 like we thought.
So that’s basically the plot, not overly complicated, but ridiculous enough that you can throw in some insane action sequences and get away with it. And that’s basically all the flick is, a series of action sequences with some comic relief thrown in there… and it’s amazing. I’ve been a big fan of the whole series since day 1 (aside from 2 Fast 2 Furious), so I couldn’t wait to go check this one out, and it definitely does not disappoint. I’m going to check it out in the theaters again before it hits blu-ray because it was just that much fun. I don’t know the last movie that I had that much fun watching. Sure it’s ridiculous and some of the things that happen during those action sequences are insane, but that’s what’s so fun about it. It’s fun actors doing crazy things that you know are crazy, but seem to fit in this crazy world they’ve built.
I definitely recommend checking out this flick if you enjoyed any of the other ones. And based on the teaser scene at the end, I will definitely be seeing part 7 as it looks like they are going to finally tie Fast and Furious 3: Tokyo Drift into all of this. For those that weren’t aware, Part 3 in the series took a side road and dumped all the main actors and sent the story to Tokyo where some no name kid, Lil Bow Wow and Han raced around Tokyo. Obviously Han has been brought in to the rest of the series, but it always seemed odd considering Han dies at the end of Part 3. The sequential order of the flicks was thrown off when Paul Walker and Vin Diesel decided to come back for Part 4, so it seems the series will run as follows: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 3, 7… if part 7 picks up where I think it will based on that final scene in 6.
What did you guys think of the flick?