WRITTEN BY: Chris Morgan
DIRECTED BY: Justin Lin
STARRING: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson
RATING: 3 stars
At this point in the Fast and Furious franchise, everyone knows what kind of film they are getting. Chances are, if you stopped watching after the first one or two films, then you're probably not going to bother with number six. But then, you're probably not reading this review either. If you enjoyed the other films, then this film is more of the same. Director Justin Lin, who has directed a few of the other films in the franchise, has made no apologies about that and he does not need to either. There are hot bodies, fast cars, loud engines, ridiculously unrealistic chase and fight scenes, humour and plenty of fun.
If you recall from the previous film, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian's (Paul Walker) Rio heist left their crew with $100 million but are unable to return home where they are still wanted by police. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is tracking a mercenary drivers led by Shaw (Luke Evans) and Dom's true love Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) who everyone thought was dead. Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his team in London to take down the bad guys and save Letty from a path of self-destruction. He also promises them full pardons for all their crimes so they can return home.
Johnson's size really is ridiculous. His muscles look like they are about to explode and he makes beefy Diesel look small. But seeing them together in some action-packed scenes is a lot of fun. Diesel even has two scenes where he appears to almost fly. It is outlandish and hilarious, and yet it is accepted as a convention of this franchise. Rodriguez is a vital character in this film and her return is certainly welcome. Evans is a good villain, oozing charm and intrigue. The Fast and Furious franchise started as Walker's films and, although he now has to share the space with some muscle, he still has some good moments with his character developing and becoming a father.
The central theme of this film is about family and they certainly do drill that into the audience. There are plenty of plot holes, but who cares when there are car parks exploding, bridges collapsing, cars flipping over, tanks coming out of nowhere and the climax on a plane being dragged down by cars? It is action heaven. Make sure you stay for the credits too. There is an exciting cameo that hints at the next film in the franchise.