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Certificate
12A
Cast
Vin Diesel
Paul Walker
Michelle Rodriguez
Jordana Brewster
Dwayne Johnson
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Directors
Justin Lin.
Screenwriters
Chris Morgan.
Running Time
130 minutes

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Plot
Following the revelation that Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is alive and working for master criminal Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his team of road-rage outlaws join forces with their old adversary Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to rescue her and foil Shaw’s plans.


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Fast And Furious 6
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Despite the return of Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in 2009, the Fast & Furious franchise seemed dead in the driveway until the nitro injection of 2011’s Fast 5 retooled the concept as a heist thriller and dropped The Rock on proceedings. The result was an absurd glory, meaning that Furious 6, to all intents and purposes, has to be Fast 5: Pt. 2. Expectations are high, and since we know you like your dessert first, it’s a joy to confirm that it boasts all the jaw-dropping vehicular lunacy you might require, plus a couple of seriously bruising fist fights (an all-female wrestle-off in the London Underground, and six characters having three separate punch-ups in an enclosed space on a plane). Michelle Rodriguez is back, and Gina Carano has arrived.

But there are plenty of goddamn veggies. Gone is Fast 5’s element of surprise, much of which was down to The Rock’s lawman Luke Hobbs. Part of the problem this time is that he isn’t an antagonist. With Hobbs and Diesel’s Toretto fighting side-by-side, that previous frisson of forbidden bromance is diluted. It may only be a temporary détente, but for now the spark is missing.

That leaves a gaping absence of antagonism. Last time our heroes were up against Johnson and Joaquim de Almeida. With Rodriguez’s not-dead-after-all Letty rendered more victim than villain by dint of amnesia (yes, really), it’s down to Luke Evans to get his bastard on as Owen Shaw, but he’s never able to make much of an impression. Our gang of good guys is now so massive, having collected characters from every sequel, that there’s no room for developing the villains. A character at one point observes that Shaw’s guys are the evil twins of Team Toretto, but we’re given barely any sense of this whatsoever.

Which is unfortunate, given the revelation that Shaw has apparently been a shadowy Blofeld for some time. Reflecting the convoluted and unwieldy nature of this franchise, Furious 6 is actually a direct sequel to Fast & Furious (4), rendering Fast 5 a kind of interim holiday in the sun. The plot is perfunctory but busy: Shaw needs to collect thingummys so that he can do stuff; Toretto and Hobbs need to stop him getting the one-more-McGuffin he needs for his evil LEGO set; Walker gets a side-quest where he goes to jail in the States for a day so he can talk to Part 4’s Arturo Braga (John Ortiz, now revealed to have been a Shaw henchman), and Agent Stasiak (Shea Whigham); the rest of the action takes the opposing forces to London and Spain.

London, crushingly, is another disappointment. It’s cool to see familiar locations torn up, but the streets feel too cramped to support F&F action, and Furious 6 makes neither Ronin-like use of the cramped space nor Welcome To The Punch-style capital from London’s gleaming new bits. An organised street-racing scene feels tacked on for the sake of acknowledging the franchise’s roots, and it’s always dark. It’s a relief when the film shifts up to a spacious, sunny Spanish freeway that can support the destructive tank, truck and muscle car madness. The astonishing-but-unremarked collateral death toll is a small price to pay. It arrives late, but the carmageddon still delivers.


Verdict
No film that includes a Vin Diesel flying headbutt could remotely be called a write-off, and Furious 6, like its predecessors, is a big screen no-brainer that’s objectively terrible but undeniably pleasurable. A reversal from Fast 5, it’s still a gear above all the other sequels. And an end-credits teaser promises much for the future...


Reviewed by Owen Williams

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Fast & Furious 6

In Fast and Furious 6, Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) goes to Dom (Vin Diesel) for help tracking down a team of criminals who have caused problems in over a dozen of different countries. Hobbs had been given the task of capturing Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), who’s intent is to steal methods of building a high-tech bomb capable of ruining a country. Dom was not interested in Agent Hobbs request until Agent Hobbs hands him over an image of the team that he was going after. In that image was Letty... More

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Posted by Ardit Myrto at 21:05, 01 March 2014 | Report This Post


Great Movie

They seem to just get better and better, the next will be up for best picture award. ... More

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Posted by jordan thomas at 20:18, 17 June 2013 | Report This Post


"Family" he mumbled.....

Miles better than the previous one. Over the top but not to the degree of lugging around a room size safe with two cars! Doesn't take itself seriously but blends in some nice character moments with the car scenes. Not sure if London is the ideal setting for speeding cars but this si not a film you are supposed tho think about - just enjoy ... More

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Posted by bretty at 13:53, 14 June 2013 | Report This Post


"Family" he mumbled.....

Miles better than the previous one. Over the top but not to the degree of lugging around a room size safe with two cars! Doesn't take itself seriously but blends in some nice character moments with the car scenes. Not sure if London is the ideal setting for speeding cars but this si not a film you are supposed tho think about - just enjoy ... More

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Posted by bretty at 13:53, 14 June 2013 | Report This Post


Fast & Furious 6

The team is back again and after a nice retrospective over the opening credits Justin Lin the director from a script by Chris Morgan gets down to the action. Under Lin’s command the action set-pieces are superb but Morgan’s dialogue is trite and predictable. One of the more memorable exchanges, “aren’t you team muscle? don’t make me go over there and make you team pussy.” This time the team are recruited by Luke Hobbs (Johnson) to bring down a crack te... More

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Posted by Conboy at 14:35, 08 June 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Give Justin Lin the next Die Hard!

Very trashy, but exactly what I expected. Two hours of hugely entertaining rubbish, that must be doing something right to have a post credits scene that leaves me wanting number seven! Seven! Apart from JJ Abrams next project, I can't ever remember anticipating a seventh instalment of anything.... ... More

Posted by film man aidy at 10:58, 06 June 2013 | Report This Post


Give Justin Lin the next Die Hard!

The perfect tonic to that horrid mess Die Hard 5. The action scenes were exciting, coherent, and completely ridiculous but I really enjoyed the movie. Actually worried about Fast 7 without Justin Lin directing! ... More

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Posted by SBandy at 23:42, 05 June 2013 | Report This Post


WE'RE FAMILY.......

More lunk headed entertainment from the FF franchise. Just like all the other previous entries in the series, this film has no real plot. It’s just an excuse to watch some cool cars and bruising violence while ogling at a lot of half naked women. It’s all as dumb as they come – but boy it’s entertaining! Vin Diesel’s throat now sounds like he’s been gargling acid laced with tungsten steel and broken glass – and how long was that BLASTED airport runway at... More

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Posted by ROTGUT at 17:34, 05 June 2013 | Report This Post


Highly satisfying action movie!

Wish every single action movie was like Furious 6. Highly entertaining with really good jokes, cool chemistry between the leads... and extensive, over the top action sequences. Here's not an action film that promised you action but ends up delivering a few unsatisfying short action scenes which were all featured in the trailers. The action of Furious 6 is generous, daring, original, well filmed, laugh-out-loud and really impressive. Just like Quentin Tarantino isn't afraid of a 20min conversa... More

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Posted by dseys at 16:20, 31 May 2013 | Report This Post


Fast and humourless

Last night I experienced my first dose of the disorganised mayhem that is the Fast and the Furious franchise. As a fan of cinema I'm not entirely sure how the previous five movies slipped me by, and having left the cinema 130 minutes later I could at least understand how this franchise has reached six movies going on seven if the final scene is anything to go by. This film had both everything and nothing. All that you'd expect from a fast paced action movie without ever really pushing the... More

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Posted by sebby6000 at 19:28, 28 May 2013 | Report This Post


Fast 6

Kick Ass commercial entertainer.waiting for Fast 7 ... More

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Posted by Nitesh Karkera at 10:33, 28 May 2013 | Report This Post


Fast 6

Kick Ass commercial entertainer.waiting for Fast 7 ... More

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Posted by Nitesh Karkera at 10:33, 28 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Just Bring It! (Fast 7 I Mean)

There's a moment early on in this film when a uniformed british police officer leans out of a moving car during a high speed chase and proceeds to shoot a machine gun at our villains, we realise the USA has some seriously warped vision of what the UK is really like. Its odd - i really didnt like Die Hard 5 and this film falls into the same category - noone gets hurt despite what FUCKING INSANE shit they get up to. Its not as good as 5, but damn it was a shitload of fun, and after t... More

Posted by kumar at 19:32, 27 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Young, dumb and full of fun

FAF5 was, much to everyones surprise, rather good. I'm guessing even the makers didn't intend to turn out such an entertaining movie. So the pressure was on number 6, suddenly a middling franchise had expectations, and for the most part it delivers. Paul walker, bless him, has almost learned how to act. the Rock isn't over used and the stunts are as gloriously stupid as ever. And if you don't get a giggle out of Vin Deisels flying headbut then you're probally a little dead inside. ... More

Posted by blackduck at 16:38, 27 May 2013 | Report This Post


Young, dumb and full of fun

I walked out of this with a big, stupid grin on my face. Yes, the acting mainly involves everyone looking pissed off or stoic, yes the constant references to 'family' get a bit wearing, but this delivers as a high energy, adrenaline fuelled over the top spectacular. The stunts and actions scenes were inventive and thrilling, ans its so nice to see this without the added value of blur o vision (3D), as opposed to Star Trek, where I had to shut my eyes through a quarter of the film, or iron man, w... More

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Posted by echoroom at 07:39, 27 May 2013 | Report This Post


Just Bring It! (Fast 7 I Mean)

*SPOILERS* Quite easily the most entertaining film of the year so far. After watching such disappointments such as the awful Iron Man 3 and ridiculously long and hard to watch Into Darkness (due to all the camera flares) I was happy to go into this movie with no expectations, switch off and enjoy the ride. After the previous Fast and Furious films I have learned to take them with a pinch of salt and if you do that you will love it! It was a 3 star film until the very end scene (which I'm surpris... More

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Posted by J_BUltimatum at 20:09, 21 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Fast And Furious 6

L: Timon OR she watched the film while high on drugs (which must have been amazing) and when thed, her brain couldn't handle the awesome and wiped the last 90 minutes from her memory. She needs your help Jonson, not your judgement. But for good measure, make her watch Crank 1 & 2... while high on drugs. on't call him that. ... More

Posted by MonsterCat at 19:06, 21 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Fast And Furious 6

While going in with some hesitation over having been shown so much gotta admit I was blown away by this instalment (& possibly the best yet?) it's just what a summer blockbuster should be Loud, Action packed & one hell of a good time. Just leave your brain at the door & sit back for 2 hours + of entertainment. 1 question though just how long was that runway???tion fueled 8/10 role on F&F 7 ... More

Posted by Wild about Wilder at 11:26, 21 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Fast And Furious 6

"Dominic Torrento? You don't know me... but you will!" Yeah Jason! You throw down! ... More

Posted by Timon at 11:13, 21 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Fast And Furious 6

L: Timon She needs your help Jonson, not your judgement. But for good measure, make her watch Crank 1 & 2... while high on drugs. o be fair she's not alone, with missing the ending that is, not the drugs! The mere 30 seconds it took to read the car stunts safety spiel (after which the sequence screens) was enough for half of the packed cinema I saw it in to vacate the screening, they're like whippets round my way! I still think Crank and drugs sounds like a good idea tho... More

Posted by paulyboy at 20:12, 20 May 2013 | Report This Post


Drive Past Fast Five For The Vin

It’s only May, and Furious 6 (as the director intended it to be called) is already the fourth Dwayne Johnson film released in the US. Then again, how hard can it be to make that many films, when your idea of acting is shouting, walking really really fast and throwing people in the air? That said, Johnson is joyfully fun to watch on screen, and never lets his fans down with his work. He even managed to make G.I. Joe: Retaliation that much better! The same can be said for the acting skill... More

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Posted by luccewada at 19:05, 20 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Fast And Furious 6

OR she watched the film while high on drugs (which must have been amazing) and when the Stath appeared, her brain couldn't handle the awesome and wiped the last 90 minutes from her memory. She needs your help Jonson, not your judgement. But for good measure, make her watch Crank 1 & 2... while high on drugs. ... More

Posted by Timon at 17:37, 20 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The sexual tension between Rock and Vin...

L: Timon It's before the credits! Clearly your daughter couldn't wait to leave. Or doesn't know who The Stath is. Jonson, you have failed as a father. I'm sorry. learly. I have failed. If she left before the end, I'm disappointed (for the record she said it was brilliant) and if she doesn't know who the Stath is, poor show. Very poor. I'm half hoping she admits to not going to the cinema at all and spending the money (I gave her) on drugs. That would be some consolati... More

Posted by jonson at 17:27, 20 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The sexual tension between Rock and Vin...

L: jonson SPOILERS L: Cool Breeze SPOILERS TO FOLLOW... And holy shit! THE STATH is going to be the villain for the next movie! Aaah! I haven't seen this but my daughter went to see it yesterday. I asked her when I picked her up if she'd hung around for the credits but alas, she didn't. I was curious as to who the next villain would be. Fucking brilliant! The Stath knows a top notch franchise when he sees one. 'll probably wait for the bluray, but if it's... More

Posted by Timon at 17:23, 20 May 2013 | Report This Post


RE: Fast & Furious 6

So, when it Fast and Furious 7 out? I need it RIGHT NOW! Seriously though, this was great. More of the same, and stupid as anything but a hell of a lot of fun. ... More

Posted by jcthefirst at 12:12, 20 May 2013 | Report This Post


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