Review: Fast & Furious 6

Poster for 2013 action film Fast & Furious 6

Genre: Action
Certificate: 12
UK Release Date: 17th May 2013
Runtime: 130 minutes
Director: Justin Lin
Writer: Chris Morgan
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano
Synopsis: A major criminal car gang is trying to obtain a deadly weapon and the only people who can help are criminals themselves.




Hot on the heels of the most ridiculous trailer this year, Fast & Furious 6 is a big, dumb action movie in the most traditional sense of the phrase. Fortunately, it’s an awful lot of fun with it.

Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his team are relaxing in various parts of the world after the successful events of Fast Five. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his partner Riley (Gina Carano) are investigating Shaw, an international criminal threatening the safety of the world. Using a photograph of Toretto’s ex Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Hobbs convinces him to get his crew back together.

In its role as a huge, stylish summer blockbuster, Fast & Furious 6 works just fine. The action sequences are fast-paced, well-choreographed and hugely entertaining, drawing on the incredible fighting skills of Dwayne Johnson and MMA star Gina Carano. Director Justin Lin certainly knows his way around action and is able to keep the audience interested with some creative camera work and all-out vehicular mayhem.

Unfortunately, the last action sequence – set on the longest runway anywhere in the universe – goes too far beyond the realms of possibility. It doesn’t help that the big climax to this is in the trailer, so it’s just a case of waiting for the inevitable to happen. In fact, that pretty much sums up a lot of Fast & Furious 6. It’s almost entirely made up of a selection of tropes that play out very predictably.

For three quarters of its running time, Fast & Furious 6 moves at an incredible speed. This makes it even more remarkable when, about halfway through, everything just stops. A huge proportion of the middle act consists of a couple of very dialogue-heavy sequences in which Vin Diesel stands next to a car and mumbles. That’s not the crazy fun expected from a Fast & Furious movie.

Thankfully though, most of the time, Fast & Furious 6 manages to be great fun. Every time a car chase kicks into gear, the screen comes alive with colour, noise and high-octane thrills. It’s just a shame about the talky bits.


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