Starring: Jordana Brewster, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky, Michelle Rodriguez
Plot: The crew is brought back together when Hobbs (Johnson) asks for their help when having trouble taking down Shaw (played by Luke Evans) and his crew of mercenary drivers. Toretto (Diesel) and his crew will all receive pardons to restart their lives once Shaw is caught. The catch is when Shaw’s right-hand driver is Letty (Rodriguez), reeling Toretto in on a personal favor.
Review: Okay, let me just start by saying that I am a die hard Fast & Furious fan. The first one is hands-down the best of the series. After seeing Fast Five, I was stoked for Fast & Furious 6 because Fast Five was the first good Fast & Furious film since the first one. I don’t know if my expectations were too high for Fast & Furious 6, but I was utterly disappointed. Aside from the corny lines, the action was decent, but most of the stunts were overdone. The believability of them were ridiculous to the point where I sat there going, “Yeah, right!” Then to follow-up with a cheesy line made it that much more cringe-worthy. I’m not saying the action was bad or anything, but if the scenes were set up a differently, I think it could’ve added a little more realism to the film.
For example, (now, don’t get mad at me because this technically isn’t a spoiler since it has been shown in the trailers for the film!) when Dom crashes his car into the guardrail and is tossed from his car—he catches Letty midair—and land on a car on the other side of the bridge. That seemed a bit ridiculous. Not to mention when Letty asks him afterwards, “How did you know there’d be a car there to catch us?” And Dom responds, “I didn’t. I just had faith.”
Needless to say, I won’t be seeing Fast & Furious 7 (which is apparently in the works) because of various reasons:
1) They’re bringing in Jason Statham (nothing against Statham, but after Transporter, joining the Fast & Furious crew seems to be a downgrade for him)
2) They’re taking off from where Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift left off.
3) From the trailer, the starting point from Tokyo Drift has been altered from the original Tokyo Drift film (an alteration of the original screenplay p***es me off because you not only change the original—which I know technically wouldn’t matter because it sucked anyway—but then would change the outcome of the third film anyway); not to mention the third film played no significant role in the following films. At least in the second and fourth films, they kept at least one or two main characters (Brian and Dom).