RETRO-REVIEW: ‘Fast & Furious 6’ – Rules Don’t Matter Any More

“Ride or die, remember?”

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The huge success of Fast 5 set a new precedent for the series.

With heavier action sequences and a storyline that took Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) crew from ‘common criminals’ who loved cars to masterminds of their field, it took the series from ‘very good’ to a Blockbuster franchise not to be missed.

FF63Fast & Furious 6 sees the film pick up much like Fast 5 did. Continuing from Fast 5‘s ending, we find Dom and Brian (Paul Walker) engaged in another street race, their eternal battle to find out who is the better.
Ending at a Hospital where we find Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), currently dating Dom, meeting them and advising that Mia (Jordana Brewster) has given birth to a healthy baby boy.
We jump to Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) who is now partnered with Riley Hicks (Gina Carano) looking for new antagonist, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans).

Declaring that “to catch wolves, you need wolves”, Hobbs looks to enlist Dom and his crew to stop Shaw.

FF64With a chase that takes the crew through London, Spain and the United States, Fast & Furious 6 ramps up what was on the line with Fast 5.
With their future now safe, they search for their freedom while looking to save one of their own, with it being revealed that Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) had survived the events of Fast & Furious.

Justin Lin closes out his Directing work for the series with a film that he uses as a platform for the most extreme action he can pull off.
With amazing hand-to-hand combat pieces riddled in amongst insane motor-sequences, his use of practical effects over CG really helps ground the moments that are completely illogical and defy all laws.
Humans are thrown around like invincible rag-dolls, Tanks drive on freeways and a giant Air-Carrier lands on a runway that never runs out, this is the film that clearly slots itself under ‘Blockbuster’.

Continuing the pattern of its predecessors, Fast & Furious 6 closes itself with a scene that sets up it’s future.

A future that’s explosive and takes us back to the streets of Tokyo.

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“Remember, the second you go through those doors, everything changes. Our old life is done.”


 

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