Tuesday, 14 May 2013

#45 FAST AND FURIOUS 6 (13.5.13)

This is the 6th film in the series. It stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Paul Walker, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Elsa Pataky, Jordana Brewster, Gina Carano, Gal Gadot, Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris. And it's directed by Justin Lin.

What's it about, David?

Luke Evans is a baddie, he runs a crew which is the mirror reflection of Diesel and his posse and they're stealing top-secret McGuffins from all over the world, while hiding out in the East End of London. Dwayne Johnson is so muscle bound he can't stop them, so he tracks down Diesel and asks him to help. Before you can say, 'mirror, indicate, maneuver' practically the whole gang is back and driving around the world faster than you can say vroom, vroom!

Cue lots and lots and lots of fast and furious driving, people shouting into walkie-talkies while driving single-handedly, spectacular car crashes and lots of slap-downs. Every character in this film is contractually required to have at least one fist fight, one car crash, one gun battle, one slow-mo-walk and one earnest, pouting, close-up into the camera.

No dialogue was hurt in the making of this film. Everyone speaks in nifty, quotable, sound bits and cliches. And everybody is mean, moody and magnificent. Over the course of the next 2 hours and 10 minutes, much loved characters will come back from the dead, others will die, more cars will get destroyed than you can shake a stick at and some one performs a cinematic first, something never, ever seen before in the whole history of cinema - a flying head-butt!

This doesn't have the delightfully crazy, light-hearted feel of FATF 5, the film that re-ignited this franchise, it's far too serious and everybody is horribly earnest and sombre. The action is relentless and repetitive, car chase, punch-up, fire-fight, car chase. But then you don't go to a Fast And the Furious franchise installment expecting a period costume drama so shut up, buckle up and enjoy the ride. It ain't, clever, it ain't pretty, but it sure is bloody furious. And fast.

There's a post credit sequence that will leave you giddy with excitement for the next episode!


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