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Fast & Furious 6
C’mon. Did you really think I wouldn’t like this one? The trick is to lower your storyline expectations – just go for the car chases. And boy, are there car chases!
Technically, there is a storyline. Federal Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), whom we met in Fast 5, and his assistant Riley (Gina Carano) have pegged Dom (Vin Diesel), O’Connor (Paul Walker) and the team … Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kan, Gal Gadot – they have character names, but who remembers?… to help him take down really bad guy Shaw (Luke Evans).
Now, after their $100 million heist in Fast 5, why would they want to help Hobbs? Yup, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez)! But, we thought she was dead!! What a twist!! So they all head to London to take down Shaw and save Letty. I can’t blame them; I love Michelle Rodriguez so I would suffer through London to save her myself. That’s just the kind of sacrificing friend I am.
Where was I? Oh yes, Shaw is stealing bits and pieces of military equipment which will add up to serious mayhem when assembled and sold to – well, some country that enjoys mayhem. But the team doesn’t care about that, they want to save Letty. As Dom puts it, “I’m here for her.” One of his longest sentences by the way.
But of course, along the way we get car chases! Over the top, totally unbelievable car chases. Did I mention the tank? So much fun, you’ll squirm in your seat.
There is quite a lot of violence in this film, just like the first five. I know, sixth in a series seems crazy. Usually you need Sylvester Stallone for that kind of longevity. The violence this time is not as much gunfire – although there is gunfire – but this time we are treated to some brutal fisticuffs. And not just from Diesel and Johnson! Best fight scene, and you will agree when you see it, is Letty and Riley doing serious battle in the London Underground. Wow!
Three and a half out of five boxes for Fast & Furious 6. I have a soft spot for this series – and the name of that soft spot is Vin Diesel. Of course, you add Dwayne Johnson and we are in muscle (cars and men) heaven! Quirky humor, ridiculous car chases and team affection make it a worthy popcorn muncher. Besides…Chargers and Range Rovers! How cool is that?
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Luke Evans appeared in this classic 2011 Dumas title, but I was distracted by the fact that he looked too much like Orlando Bloom, who appeared as the villain of the piece.
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