129 Min | Action – Crime – Thriller | May 2013
IMDB Rating: 7.2
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Fast And Furious 6 Review: While most franchises lose their steam with each succeeding sequel, the Fast and the Furious franchise is that rare exception where its later films breathe in new life into the series. Once a franchise about car racing, “Fast Five” took an unexpected turn as a bank heist thriller in the vein of Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s 11,” a welcomed change as seen by its huge box office earnings and critical success. Now, “Furious 6” is neither about car racing nor bank heists, but rather a terrorist threat with obvious inspirations from “The Dark Knight.” Like “Fast Five,” the results are immensely satisfying and undeniably entertaining. The key to the franchise’s upward turn in quality is due to director Justin Lin. He is a skilled action director, and many filmmakers can learn a few things or two from him.
The action sequences are impressive, engaging, comprehensible, and well-shot, with practical effects to boot. There is a sense of danger, verve, and life in these scenes rarely found in other films, despite how over-the-top and ridiculous they may be, and yes, they often drift into gratify-defying territory. Another ingredient to the film’s success is the chemistry between the cast members. We have grown to love these characters over the course of the series of Fast And Furious 6 that one cannot help but cheer on for them. In particular, Tyrese Gibson and Ludicrous have such a terrific rapport with each other that they provide some of the film’s biggest laughs and memorable one-liners. Additionally, Luke Evans is definitely a step up above the previous film’s antagonist, and Gina Carano provides some great ass-kicking moments, although not much performance-wise.
If there’s one thing to learn about this franchise, it’s that some change can be a good thing. While the later sequels do focus away from the car racing, they still featured cars, which helped retain old fans while bringing in new ones. “Fast And Furious 6” is terrific entertainment, and judging by yet another dazzling cliffhanger and the audience’s reaction, “Fast And Furious 7” will be an amazing finale for the series. Unfortunately, Justin Lin won’t be back around for the last installment, but someone please get this man to direct every and all upcoming action flicks.