The Fast and Furious series has been a bit of a roller coaster, the first was a good fun movie (if not just a remake of Point Break for cars fans), the second dropped in quality so I didn't even check out the third in cinemas and still haven't watched it properly. Then Fast and Furious (the fourth) reunited the original cast and showed signs of life and began to rise. But it wasn't until Fast Five was released and remixed the formula into an action heist film that the series really hit its high point. The franchise now stands unique being a big budget summer action movie that doesn't rely on superheroes, fantasy creatures or is set in space.
Don't get me wrong I love the superhero films, but I miss the days of the big budget Lethal Weapons, Point Breaks, Die Hards (this years appalling fifth entry doesn't count), and now the Fast and Furious franchise fills that void.
So after delivering a truly awesome fifth entry, how does the sixth stand up? Very well. Ver well indeed.
Straight off the bat I'll say the story's maguffin is a little weak, some of the films logic and "We're family" speeches are a bit forced. But these are very minor criticism's and are literally my only gripes with the movie. Everything else is stellar and Fast and Furious 6 is one hell of an action movie.
The actions sequences are made up of (as you'd expect) car chases and fight scenes. The cars chases are extremely fun with some truly crushing crashes, but what truly impressed me is how brutal and well choreographed the fight sequences are. I'm not exaggerating when I say these are some of the best fight scenes I've seen in a film since last years The Raid. Considering this is a 12A I was surprised how full on the fights were.
The cast all play their respective roles well, with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson taking the lead. However the rest of the crew all get decent screen time, with one truly awesome chase that leads into a double fight scene, which only includes the secondary characters and is still riveting.
As long as you're willing to leave logic at the door and accept that some plot points exists purely to set up the next action sequence you will have one hell of a time with Fast and Furious 6.
Bring on Fast Seven, due in cinemas next summer.
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