Cinema Review – Fast and Furious 6

In order to catch a criminal, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) need the minds (and cars) of criminals. Obviously, Dom, Brian and their friends are the first place he turns. Not least because he has information on the supposedly deceased Letty.

Let’s be honest here, no-one really goes to see Fast and Furious movies for the cerebral filmmaking and belief-challenging storylines. No, we all go to see these movies because we want to see some cool cars and some great chases. Once we admit this to ourselves, we will all be a lot happier… And we will suspend our disbelief suitably high.

The storyline of Fast and Furious 6 doesn’t really matter, other than Letty is alive and working for the bad guys. The dialogue, on the other hand, does matter, but it is as stilted and questionable as we have come to expect from this franchise. There are some comedic moments, but most of the laughter comes from terrible dialogue, soap opera-esque twists and preposterous situations.

The whole crew is back to reprise their roles, and each have a little more at stake this time out. Brian has a kid and Dom is chasing the love of his life, we all know how that goes. Before you go thinking that I have nothing positive to say about the film, know this; I am not a fan of the franchise and the first I saw was Fast 5. That said, there is a ton of fun to be had with this film. The cars are simply beautiful, there are plenty of pretty humans to look at as well, and the set pieces are bonkers and brilliant.

Oh yes, the set pieces. Rarely have their been set pieces been so over the top and played for the sake of action. There is a car chase that ends in a chat at Battersea Power Station, another that ends with some spectacular jumping for the sake of rescue and yet another that involves a plane and a runway that is improbably long.

The acting is patchy; some appear to be having a great time – Dwayne Johnson, I’m looking at you – others that are confused by the idea of acting and still others that are painfully underused – Kim Kold is a lot more than the ‘muscle’, you know. Watch Teddy Bear.

In all, Fast & Furious 6 is big and dumb and a lot of fun. Suspend your disbeliefs, ignore the dialogue as much as possible and you are going to have a great time. Just don’t expect it to make a whole lot of sense.

Rating: 3.5/5

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