Fast & Furious 6 (2013)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  

Alternate title:  Furious 6

USA, 2013.  , , Original Film, , , , , .  Screenplay by , based on characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , , Clayton Townsend.  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , , , ,

Paradise is everything but exciting, so it’s no surprise when the group that made off with such a huge payload in part 5 are ready to jump back into the hot seat.  is sure that he has nothing to say to DSS hotshot , but when Johnson shows up at his house with photos of , who has been believed dead for about two sequels, Diesel starts assembling the gang.  Now they’re working for the law and not against it, helping the feds track down a former military man turned nasty mercenary () who is out to steal a computer chip whose tactical importance is a matter of national security (they explain it better in the film, I can’t say that I totally understood what they were talking about, suffice it to say it’s the MacGuffin).  The crew agree to do the job in exchange for complete pardons for past crimes, but they have no idea what they are in for when it turns out that Evans can predict their every move and, even more important, they have to go after him carefully given that he has Diesel’s girlfriend as his second in command.  The reunion begins in London and goes as far as Spain with a number of car chases in heavily populated cities whose pedestrians all manage to stay home on the nights these guys decide to compete illegally on public roads, but turn your brain off and enjoy every scene before the stunning climax on an airport runway that is the best executed action sequence in the series yet.  After a number of spotty adventures that are never indulgently fun enough, director Justin Lin finally gets the flavour right in the best film since the delightful original, smartly letting stars Diesel and  handle the plot necessities while leaving all attempts at charisma and charm to their far superior co-stars.  Sturdy visual effects and a gleeful abandonment of any semblance of realism also help sell the film as bold escapism, plus it’s nice to have Rodriguez return as hers was a feminine element that  couldn’t hold up on her own (and which Gal Gadot, who is better than both, is never given enough opportunity to match).

Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination:  Best Stunt Ensemble


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