Fast & Furious 6
Dir.: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel; Paul Walker; Dwayne Johnson
As the sixth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise is released in cinemas it instantly achieved financial success in the first weekend taking more than £8.7M, double that of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Taiwan born director, Justin Lin, who undertook the Fast & Furious series in 2006 with Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, has ventured across the globe in his latest feature from Moscow to London using traditional locations in the heart of the city. Not only has Lin drawn on previous experiences, he acquires the original screenplay from writers Chris Morgan and Gary Scott Thompson which adds an interesting narrative to his spectacular visual display.
The film follows the story of Dom Torretto’s (Vin Diesel) infamous driving outfit and their re-organisation as Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a special US agent, calls upon their expertise to bring down a like-for-like criminal gang operating around Europe. Toretto is rejoined by ex-cop Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker), rapper Tej (Ludacris), playboy Roman (Tyrese Gibson), drift king Han (Sung Kang) and the beautiful Riley (Gina Carano) who all guarantee the capture of the elusive Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and the recovery of Torreto’s ex-girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).
Apparently Hobbs techniques of torture are the most influential way in getting information from prisoners which lead the gang to Shaw’s hideout. Only to be outclassed by Shaw, in his very own vehicle reminiscent of the ‘Batmobile’, he evades Brian, Tej and Roman’s attempts to bring him down and escapes into the distance. Whilst Toretto endeavours to race Letty through the streets of London, he corners her and begins to approach with caution. Letty then pulls out a handgun and shoots him in the chest. To the surprise of Torretto and the ‘family’ he is left pondering what was Letty’s motives and he struggles to come to terms with what occurred.
The story line encounters a few twist and turns which will surprise an audience. However, the impossibilities that surround the film are hard to look past. Concluding that if you’re involved in a car incident where the car rolls numerous times before slamming into a building it will only result in minor injuries. If you are able to look beyond the implausibilities then you will be able to enjoy a truly adrenaline packed 2 hours. With Hollywood strongmen Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson there is more than enough violence to whet your appetite as well as the incomparable use of American muscle cars and expensive super-cars to satisfy the cinema-goer.
If you want to get lost in a film which includes bikini-clad women, extremely fast cars and muscle-packed hero’s fighting evil and you can look past its unrealistic nature then you will definitely enjoy this film which is not your run-of-the-mill Fast & Furious installment. And for an extra incentive to view this film, it has a special clip after the credits that will tease all Fast & Furious fans for the next chapter of the franchise.
3 out of 5.
See this film at your nearest Cineworld which can be found here: http://www.cineworld.co.uk/cinemas?film=6060&cinema=all&path=/whatson/6060?cinema=id