Movie Review: Fast and Furious 6 – racing to number 7

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Fast and Furious 6 | Universal Pictures

My oldest son and I saw an early screening of Fast and Furious 6 last week. We loved it! There is a lot action, mayhem, and car chases. The movie is entertaining and there is excellent chemistry between the main characters. The sixth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise stars Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, and Paul Walker. Fast and Furious 6 (Universal Pictures) opens in theaters today (May 24th). Continue reading for the full review.

The 411 for Fast and Furious 6

The story The Fast and Furious crew comes out of retirement because of a woman from their past
Appropriateness for children It’s OK for children. There’s lots of fighting, some bad language and a scene with girls wearing racy clothing.
Positives
  • Lots of action
  • Great cast
  • Good mix of action and humor
Negative
  • A little predictable
Release date May 24, 2013
Rating Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language
Runtime 130 minutes
Genre Action, crime, thriller

All roads lead to this – the story so far
This is sixth Fast and Furious movie, but you don’t really need to see the first five to understand what’s going on. Here is what you need to know. In the first film, an undercover cop (played by Paul Walker) infiltrates a gang of street racers that are pulling off high-speed heists. In the end, the cop lets the crew leader (played by Vin Diesel) escape. The cop loses his job and eventually joins the crew. In Fast Five, a federal agent (played by Dwayne Johnson) is in hot pursuit of the gang. The crew pulls off a big heist and then retires.

A woman from their past
In Fast and Furious 6, the crew comes out of retirement when a federal agent shows the gang leader a photo of a woman from his past (Letty – played by Michelle Rodriguez). The woman is a former love of Vin Diesel’s character (Dominic Toretto). However, she supposedly died in the fourth Fast and Furious movie. And now she’s a member of another gang that has been pulling off high-precision heists. The rest of the story is about Fast and Furious team tracking down Letty and trying to stop the other gang in exchange for pardons.

One of the crew dies
One of the Fast and Furious crew died in Fast Five, so it’s not a big shock when another member dies in Fast and Furious 6. I don’t want to reveal the character and spoil it for you, but the person that dies is one of my favorite characters in the series. What a bummer.

Stay for the credits
You will want to hang around for the credits. A few minutes into the credits, there’s an epilogue that suggest there will be a seventh Fast and Furious. And you’ll cheer when you see who’s in the next movie. The question now is, when’s Fast and Furious 7 coming out?

Great cast
I love the cast of Fast and Furious 6. Most of the main characters are criminals, but you root for them anyway. One of my colleague at work told me she didn’t think much of Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson as actors. While I agree they probably won’t ever win an Oscar for acting, I don’t think they are bad actors. In fact, I think they are perfect for the characters they played in Fast and Furious. The Rock played the part of Luke Hobbs (federal agent) and Vin Diesel played the part of Dominic Toretto (gang leader). Fast and Furious 6 also featured Paul Walker (Brian O’Conner), Luke Evans (Owen Shaw), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty Ortiz), Elsa Pataky (Elena Neves), Jordana Brewster (Mia Toretto), Gina Carano (Riley), Gal Gadot (Gisele Harabo), Sung Kang (Han), Lee Asquith-Coe (Sgt Sheldern), Tyrese Gibson (Roman Pearce), Shea Whigham (Stasiak), and Ludacris (Tej Parker). The film was directed by Justin Lin.

3 thoughts on “Movie Review: Fast and Furious 6 – racing to number 7

  1. My son and his friends saw the screening for this earlier this week and loved it. He thought it was the v=best one in the series so far. He was also excited to learn that Jason Statham is staring in the next one.

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