It’s been over ten years since “The Fast and the Furious” brought us its high-speed car chases and took us into the underground world of street racing. Since making the leap from car races and into the action world, the franchise has done much better. “Fast and Furious 6” is an example of that, bringing high-octane action sequences and intermingling its base of car racing with a fun story. The result: one entertaining ride (pun intended!).
Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and their team (Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, and Sung Kang) are living large courtesy of the money that they stole from Reyes in Fast Five. Dom, Brian, and Mia, along with Elena (Elsa Patakay) are living in Spain when they are tracked down by Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) who enlists their help taking down a former Special Ops agent named Shaw (Luke Evans).
Dom and his crew are doubtful about getting involved at first until Hobbs tells them that Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is still alive. Dom gathers his team together and they and Hobbs join forces in order to find Shaw and bring Letty back. Things get a little complicated when Letty refuses to come back to the team.
One of the greatest aspects that works best in the film are the character interactions. There are several different characters and each has his own personality, but nothing is funnier than watching Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson test each other’s nerves (in a good way). The interactions between these two are the real treat of the entire movie. Paul Walker and Vin Diesel are comfortable enough playing their characters (since they have been doing it for ages) that they don’t really make much of an effort, but their performances work given the scope of the film.
There is plenty of action going on in this film. Beyond that, there’s a theme about the team being somewhat of an adopted family. This leads to plenty of cheesy moments and speeches about sticking together and whatnot, but the action definitely makes up for it regardless of the somewhat ridiculous stunts. A prime example being Dom jumping from a car over a bridge and onto another bridge all while flying through midair. An amazing feat which leads you to wonder if gravity exists at all in this film!
Sequels have a high rate of fizzling out and dying after the second installment (maybe third if the second is lucky enough to be better than the original). But The Fast and the Furious franchise has skillfully been able to maintain what’s worked in past movies and enhances it for the benefit of this sequel.
Without doubt, “Fast and Furious 6” isn’t a deeply layered or emotional story that you can dissect and spend hours nitpicking. It’s entertainment at its best. And if you’re able to disregard the sometimes overdone and cheesy lines, the macho-ism, and occasional ridiculous action sequence, then you’ll have a good time watching this film.