Valdosta Daily Times


May 27, 2013

'Fast & Furious 6': Far-fetched fun


"Fast & Furious 6” (Action/Crime: 2 hours, 10 minutes)
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Director: Justin Lin
Rated: PG-13 (Profanity and violence)
Movie Review: Certain movies exist that are purely popcorn flicks. These films make up most of the United States’ mainstream films. While entertaining, these movies are action-packed with thinly constructed, formulaic plots, fast action sequences, unbelievable stunts and lackluster acting. “Furious 6” has all of these elements. Think of it as a soap opera on wheels.
Dominic Toretto (Diesel), former law-enforcement officer Brian O'Conner (Walker) and the rest of their race-car team of thieves are enjoying life on the down low, spending millions from a previous heist. U.S. government official Luke Hobbs (Johnson) approaches the group needing help. Hobbs has been tracking an organization of mercenary drivers across several countries. The mercenaries’ mastermind is Shaw (Evans), and an aide of Shaw is Toretto’s past love, Letty (Rodriguez), thought dead until now. In return for pardons for them and their gang, Toretto and O'Conner reassemble their crew to stop Shaw and reconnect with Letty.
Director Lin has helmed the last three “Fast & Furious” movies. “Furious 6” marks his fourth outing for this series that began with “The Fast and the Furious” in 2001 (Director Rob Cohen). The series has become a worldwide blockbuster. The series is very entertaining, even if lacking in certain areas. This sixth addition is just as entertaining, although it has very odd bits.
Twenty minutes into this feature, one can clearly observe it is a predictable piece. The plot is a thoughtless one, where characters overplay their parts.
The muscle guys are overly masculine. Johnson overplays the bad-cop routine entirely. At times, he forgets he is not in a wrestling ring. Producers apparently had to find a use for Walker. The African-American guys are only there for comic relief at odd moments, but they provide some laughs. The women are sexy and present for supporting roles. The action overshadows the entire cast that is reduced to one-liners and stunts.           

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