I was really looking forward to seeing Fast & Furious 6 when it came out, but due to life, didn’t get a chance until it was almost out of theaters. I loved Fast 5, so I had high hopes for F&F 6.
It did deliver in the fun department. Granted it was the same formula as the last one, but it works. You don’t go to see the Fast & Furious movies for a heavy plot or dramatic acting. You go to see hot cars and big action…ok, and some hot bodies, known as the cast. There were some high energy race/chase sequences and plenty of explosions, and the sequence with the tank was especially exciting.
But where F&F 6 suffers is it tries to hard to be bigger than the last film. With films like this, you have to suspend disbelief a little. But several of the action sequences were so bombastic they were unbelievable.
One that comes to mind is that tank sequence. During the road action, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) gets flung in the air off a bridge, but Dom (Vin Diesel), crashes his car so he’s flung in the air towards her. He catches her and the two land hard on the windshield and roof of another car. And nobody gets seriously hurt. I’m willing to take leaps of faith with the plausibility of some action sequences, but there were too many times where the over-the-top action just didn’t make sense.
I was also upset that they killed off two of my favorite characters. Not just that they died, but in the violent manner in which it happened.
So while F&F 6 was visually exciting, mentally it left a lot to be desired. I’d give it a 6.5 out of 10 (FYI – Fast 5 was an 8 for me).
Did you see Fast & Furious 6? What did you think of it?
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