Fast & Furious 6 (2013) – Review

3 1/2 Stars

The ‘Race’ opera continues in the sixth installment of the venerable and increasingly popular series that began 12 years ago. After a unmagnanimous and overly self-important last outing, I thought I had my fill of this series. Yet, once again the filmmakers and cast gel so efficiently that the moments of self parody and outlandish plot turns are now, admittedly part of the charm.

D.S.S. agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is on a new case that takes him to Moscow, where a team of thieves has stolen a military device potentially worth billions on the open market. Realizing that he is in over his head, Hobbs tracks down Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) on the coast of Spain. Hobbs entices Toretto and his gang back into action with promises of a full pardon, if they are able to stop Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and his squad from obtaining the device.

The Furious films have steadily progressed into full-blown heist pictures with little thought to the street racer origins that started things off. That’s ok though, when the action is this well executed and the writing from Chris Morgan keeps finding new ways to mix things up with the same basic ingredients. These are now international pictures and the exotic locals rang from the Canary Islands of Spain, Moscow and eventually London.

Some fans have expressed bewilderment at the seemingly incoherent timeline of the pictures, where does each sit in regards to what has come before. It’s best not to get too involved with such notions and just appreciate the fantastic chase sequences on-screen. As with the previous five films the last few minutes leave the door open for a sequel.

Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker

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