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article imageReview: ‘Fast & Furious 6’ is full throttle all the way Special

By Sarah Gopaul     May 24, 2013 in Entertainment
In ‘Fast & Furious 6,’ Dom and Brian have an unexpected team reunion when Hobbs asks for their help taking down a criminal mastermind and his crew of mercenary drivers in exchange for full pardons.
When the sixth film was announced, many people exasperated, "They made another one?!" Yes, they did. And with good reason. The franchise is popular, fun and it's being surgically molded into something that will likely see even greater box office success than its predecessors. Fast & Furious 6 is the culmination of the last five films and it's jam-packed with non-stop excitement.
After their last hundred million dollar heist, the crew is living large across the globe. Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) started a family with a newborn son in Spain, while Dom (Vin Diesel) is finally relaxing and enjoying the little things in life. But a string of international robberies involving a team of drivers has Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) knocking on their doors. One phone call reassembles Dom's team in London to face off against a crew as sophisticated as their own. They put everything on the line for the opportunity to make their family whole again, but the plot keeps getting thicker the closer they get to the bad guys.
Just to get it out of the way early - this movie is ridiculous. Suspend your belief and just enjoy the ride. People jump from moving cars landing without a scratch on moving tanks; mind-blowingly fast car chases wreak havoc on Europe's public streets; and everyone brushes off their daring feats by saying "this is what we do." And it does all this exceptionally well.
To say this is an entertaining way to spend 130 minutes would be an understatement. After more than 12 years since the original film, this franchise understands what it can offer audiences and it delivers on every level. Familiarity with the crew removes the need for character development, allowing filmmakers to jump right in and draw from a shared past to create the story's complexities. The camaraderie within the team connects viewers to their familial bond and creates an emotional attachment to their fates. The focus on cool cars and unbelievable driving stunts is slowly shifting to a greater emphasis on face-to-face confrontations based on increasingly personal conflicts.
As the series evolves so does its storylines. What used to be a total bro flick à la Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid racing into the sunset has grown to include an overwhelming romance and to deal with other mature issues such as parenthood and belonging. But that doesn't mean it's all serious. Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson are constantly exchanging hilarious barbs. Witty dialogue is a big part of the fun in this film; if it doesn't have you on the edge of the seat, it likely has you in stitches instead.
With not one, but two fights in which Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano beat the tar out of each other, there’s nothing this film is missing. And if that’s not enough, the setup for the next installment will leave you chomping at the bit and lamenting that next summer can’t come fast enough.
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson
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