Rated: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language. Reviewed by: Jim Release date: May 24, 2013 Released by: Universal Studios, Inc.
Running on brainless action frenzy and unsteady tongue-in-cheek macho swagger is this new outing from Justin Lin who revs up a franchise for higher blockbuster status with much braggadocio. Outlandishness and familiarity will go a long way to a Tokyo epilogue that promises a new charismatic player to crank things up.
His Fast & Furious 6 antes up the banter as well as the physical/martial arts and technological explosiveness with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson (Pain & Gain, Snitch) leading the way.
From a nine-figure windfall in Rio, Dom Torretto (Diesel) is chilling in the Canary Islands as his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) has just given to birth to Jack. Dom happens to drop off a little toy that gets a charge out of new dad, Brian (Walker).
When Federal Agent Hobbs (Johnson in full Wrestle mania physique) has something on Dom it means getting his dispersed team back together to apprehend the nefarious Owen Shaw, done with the rote trick-up-the-sleeve verve by Luke Evans (The Hobbit) and military know-how. Eventually to save one as well as billions that early on races into a rather empty nocturnal London and its West End.
Dom's thought-to-be-dead ex, Letty (Michelle Rodriquez of Avatar and much earlier Girlfight) turns out to be an amnesiac, liaising with the scheming, pilfering Shaw. Chris Morgan's lavish nonsense and ebullient insouciant gadgetry and monetary exchanges among the cast especially from Tyrese Gibson's Roman and "Ludacris" Bridges's Tej turns to Dom and Letty more sentimentally felt milieu, consistently letting her during their face-offs how she really feels about him.
Brian tells Dom "it's on me" as the old staple of the series "ride or die" is reinforced with more sonorous, massively scaled sequences that almost provide a turbo-ride enormity from maximum-security prison roughness to a steel-cage Army base ever-long runway of a climax. Of course, much is invested in vehicular esprit as well as making the effects and stunt work as amazing as possible if one is willing to suspend disbelief especially in a couple of cases where Dom is concerned.
This sixth installment brings more fight (perhaps at times more seamlessly tailored and angled than their nifty auto counterparts) to the table (as pics like "Sherlock Holmes" have done to cater to a larger demographic). Many of the actors within reason show off their athleticism as Gina Carano's Riley (an assistant of Hobbs) along with Gisele (Gal Gadot) as well as Dom's more recent squeeze, a svelte Elsa Pataky, have their go-rounds with Letty. The likeability of the characters will impress the fanbase, even Sung Kang's Hang worried about what lies ahead. How Lin orchestrates it all with unstoppably frenetic and steely panache can easily invite derision and may not seem like "family" as Letty notes, but "home."
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