Reviewed by: Russell Emory
|Featuring:||Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson … Luke Hobbs
Jason Statham … Ian Shaw
Vin Diesel … Dominic Toretto
Paul Walker … Brian O’Conner
Michelle Rodriguez … Letty
Jordana Brewster … Mia Toretto
Elsa Pataky … Elena Neves
Luke Evans … Owen Shaw
Gina Carano … Riley
Gal Gadot … Gisele Harabo
Tyrese Gibson … Roman Pearce
Sung Kang … Han
Shea Whigham … Stasiak
Lee Asquith-Coe … Sgt Sheldern
Ludacris … Tej Parker
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Vin Diesel … producer
Alexander Dostal … line producer
Neal H. Moritz … producer
Clayton Townsend … producer
“All roads lead to this. The action is extreme.”
The summer movie season usually is a season of big action movies with very thin plots covered by high-budget sequences with ridiculous action. “Fast and Furious 6” is no exception. While FF6 is littered with these sequences, it has a very tight plot.
While not the most believable scenario, the plot works. The story takes up where the previous film “Fast 5” left off. Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) have retired to a non extradition country. Brian and Dom’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) have just had a baby (it is not mentioned if Brian and Mia are married), and it seems that after the Rio job life is good for them.
Dom is paid a visit by DSS Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) to ask Dom and his team for help. Hobbs is chasing an international crew led by former British special forces agent Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Shaw’s crew is taking out military convoys in Europe in order to collect parts for a device that can cut off electronic communication over a wide range.
Dom agrees to help Hobbs, after Hobbs shows Dom that his former girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), who was thought to be dead after “Fast and Furious,” but only with the help of Dom’s crew. Hobbs reluctantly agrees, and Dom assembles his crew consisting of Brian, Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris Bridges), Han (Sung Kang), and Gisele (Gal Gadot). Dom’s new girlfriend from “Fast 5” Elena (Elsa Pataky) stays with Mia, and Mia and Brian’s newborn son. Dom’s team is, of course, joined by Hobbs and Hobbs” partner Riley (Gina Carano). As they set out to take down Shaw and his crew, they find that Letty is suffering from amnesia, and Shaw’s crew is tougher than expected.
As for morality issues, the film, while not completely bankrupt, isn’t the most upstanding. There is a sequence where, because of the chase, there is a lot of collateral damage which also includes people losing their lives. Dom makes the remark “lead them away from the people,” or something similar, but that is the only mention of the collateral damage as a result of that scene. The film has another scene which has a high body count of police officers in the line of duty.
Again, it is not mentioned if Brian and Mia have married, but they are having a baby. Dom and Elena are living together and are not married, based on her telling him to go after the once thought dead Letty. Early in the film, Hobbs interrogates a prisoner very violently in order to get Shaw’s location and have the prisoner released to lead him to the exact location.
There is almost no spirituality in the film, except in the second to last scene of the film where Dom and his crew sit around the dinner table and grace is said. Other than that, there is not much mention of spiritual issues.
There are a few riskqué scenes in the film. There is one scene where Dom attends a street race to find Letty, and there are a number of girls scantly clad and dancing provocatively, but it is short and not prolonged. We also see some women in bikinis early in the film, but the scene is less than 5 seconds. Finally, there is also a scene where Dom and Elena are in bed partially covered with a sheet: we see his bare chest along with her bare body except the genital area and breasts (sex is implied).
There are a number of stereotypical references to Blacks, Asians, Caucasians, men, women, police, military men and women, the rich, the poor, villains and muscle car owners. As for profanity; 1 F-word, 1 obscene hand gesture, 3 sexual references, 18 scatological terms, 9 anatomical terms, 24 mild obscenities, 5 religious profanities and 2 religious exclamations.
This is a very good action movie—well made and will keep you on the edge of your seat. The plot works and flows well. While there are crazy sequences that are physically impossible, they are fun to watch. That is all this movie is—a fun ride through a world where physics doesn’t matter. I would recommend this movie to you if you aren’t easily offended, but if you are. please don’t go see this film.
Also, stick around for a mid-credits scene that will drop your jaw, if you are a fan of this series. you won’t have to wait as long as a Marvel film, but it rivals the post-credits scene in the first “Iron Man” film.
Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Heavy / Sex/Nudity: Moderate
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