Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wednesday Movie Night: Fast and Furious 6 (2013)

Many would not recommend watching a movie if you haven't seen the previous ones in the series, but I got a quick catch up on Fast and Furious and then proceeded to watch the sixth one. Honestly, it's not that hard to jump into, especially since the movie does try to recap major events in the movie for any new comers that are sure to be watching, especially by accompanying those to the theater that have already seen the others. The movie though shows a cast that is obviously quite tight, and the friendship translates well on screen.

Summary: Hobbs is looking to take down a crew of lethal mercenaries who are skilled drivers, and Hobbs knows he will have to hire people who can compete to find the criminals. Dom and Brian have took down an kingpin, and this has left them with millions of dollars and throughout the world living in different countries in wealth. They are exiled from the U.S. though, and while it might be fun living abroad this has left them missing home, and with some wanting to return home to raise their new families they are willing to do anything to get back. Hobbs offers them the ability to live in the U.S. again if they can bring him the criminals, causing the crew to get back together once again to help a cop.

Acting: The acting is good, and I like how much fun the cast has with each other. It makes for a fun action movie, and it never feels like it takes itself too seriously. Vin Diesel is Dominic, and Diesel is good in the role as this feels where he belongs. Paul Walker is Brian, and I like his role, I feel he balances the cast well with a more serious nature. Dwayne Johnson is Hobbs and Johnson always comes off as a likable guy no matter what character he is playing. Tyrese Gibson is Roman and Ludacris is Tej, and I felt their parts actually weren't big enough. I thought they were some of the best parts of the movie, and yet had such few moments. Sung Kang is Han and he has great chemistry with Gal Gadot who is Gisele. Another thing to like about the movie was the portrayal of women. Jordana Brewster is Mia and Michelle Rodriguez is Letty, and they can be tough without being too manly and not having to show a lot of their selves either. It's a nice balance.

Filming: The movie has some of the best action scenes I've seen. The movie starts out a bit slow in the first hour, but it leads to a grand finale of action. I thought the scenes on the highway would be the end of the movie, but it leads into a bigger finale of everyone having a showdown between a plane and cars at an airport. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it, which I didn't expect, and it got me to craving watching the other in the series as well. The filming also has a very cool style that shoots the cars in a way to make it look cool what they are doing. It's what you expect from the movie.

Plot: The plot does tie in a lot to what has previously happened. So if you're unaware of the crew's relations to Letty, and you have a lot of relationships with characters who obviously have something built from the previous ones. You also might want to know why they are living in wealth. The movie though does very well at explaining everything, so most people should be able to follow along, and that shows some good writing on the writers part, because they try to make everyone included.

Fast and Furious 6 is a fun action movie with some great car scenes. At the end of the day the movie doesn't bring anything particularly revolutionary are rewatchable after it's gone off either though. The characters provide a great vibe though, and bring them to life with their friendships. The makers also know what the fans want and bring it.

Rating 7 of 10.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013) on IMDb

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