Fast & Furious 6 is the latest installment of the Fast & Furious series. The film (also known as Fast 6) was directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Fast Five) and stars the original cast of the franchise, including Vin Diesel, the late Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez.
Fast 6 opens with Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) racing across the Canary Islands. This isn’t a race to see who has the fastest car or one to evade the police, but one of love. Mia (Brewster) is in labor and the men she loves most are headed to the hospital before the baby is born.
Before Brian walks in to see his son Jack come into the world, Dom reminds his friend that once he walks through those doors, their old lives are done. Unfortunately for Dom, those words will come back to haunt him a few months later when Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) unexpectedly shows up at his and Elena’s door. Hobbs asks for Dom’s help, and that of his crew, to capture criminal mastermind Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), whose meticulous planning took down a Russian military convoy in less than 90 seconds. Dom readily refuses until Hobbs shows him a recent photo of someone thought to be dead, Letty Ortiz (Rodriguez). Of course, he changes his mind but has to convince Brian to do the same. Brian thinks the photo is a cruel trick Hobbs is using to force the crew to help, but Mia thinks they should make sure because Letty is family. So Dom makes the call that brings everyone back together from around the world and puts this roller coaster of a movie in full swing.
Being a bit of a movie freak, I have seen every film in the Fast & Furious franchise. I can honestly say that Fast 6 is the best of them all not just because the gang is back together, but also because of the additions of Evans and Gina Carano as Hobbs’s partner Riley Hicks, and some of the best stunts I have seen in ages. As Owen Shaw, Luke Evans brought a new kind of criminal to the franchise, one who is cool, ruthless, fearless and has one awesome ride. His desire to get his hands on a Nightshade device made everyone expendable, including members of his crew. Shaw was not one for sentiment and felt if someone lost his or her life, it was because “they made a mistake.” As Riley Hicks, Gina Carano brought her crazy fighting skills front and center, which were previously on display in the film Haywire. The girl fights between Hicks and Letty were fantastic and neither lady held back. They went all in and proved to everyone that a fight between two beautiful women could still be badass.
But as always, the cars were what stole the show, specifically Shaw’s flip car. It was bullet-proof, rode low to the ground and was modified to literally flip an oncoming car into the air. Yes it was used for mayhem and destruction in merry old London, but I sure did want one after I saw what it could do. The highway chase involving Shaw’s and Dom’s crews and a tank was jaw-dropping and don’t even get me started on the climactic airplane scenes. You really have to see them because a description would not do the scenes justice. After the success of Fast Five, Director Justin Lin knew that he had to up the ante in every way, which thankfully he did. The action was pretty much non-stop and audiences weren’t subjected to a bunch of lame one-liners.
Rounding out the cast of Fast 6 are Tyrese Gibson (hilarious as Roman), Chris “Ludacris” Bridges (tech genius Tej), Sung Kang (Han), Gal Gidot (Gisele) and Elsa Pataky (Elena).
Fast & Furious 6 is a film I highly recommend because it proved that a franchise can come back and be better than ever. Sadly, with the recent death of Paul Walker (who ironically died in a car crash), the future of the next film in the series is in question. Should the studio decide not to continue, I think Fast 6 is the perfect ending.
Fast & Furious 6 will be out on Blu-Ray, DVD and Blu-Ray+DVD Combo Pack on December 10.