Fast & Furious 6 (2013)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller


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Hobbs has Dominic and Brian reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets sidetracked with facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty.


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21 May 2013 | zentertainmentweeklydotcom
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| 12 years after the first outing and the franchise is unrecognisable - which is a good thing
The Fast and Furious franchise has undergone a radical transformation since launching 12 years ago, with the changes following Justin Lin taking hold of directorial duties from Tokyo Drift (film three) onwards.

The series has made the transition from street races to include drugs, heists, and now terrorism, while lead characters Dom Toretto (Diesel) and Brian O'Conner (Walker) have gone from petty thug and law enforcer to wanted fugitives.

With an opening sequence reminiscent of Quantum of Solace, Toretto and Brian screech around mountaintops as the latter readies himself to become a father, demonstrating how adult and family-minded they've become. Meanwhile, what follows is a nice refresher for those acquainted with the series and for newcomers alike, acting as a highlights reel to bring everyone up to speed of the events experienced in the previous five films.

The antagonist for Fast 6 is Mr Owen Shaw (Evans), a former special ops military man that uses his knowledge, contacts and fast cars to make robberies for the highest bidder. In this instance, it just so happens he has his eyes on a chip that would incite terrorism in the wrong hands, which prompts baby oil-loving federal agent Hobbs (Johnson) to round up Toretto and his crew for back-up, offering them full pardons in exchange for their services.

London is the main backdrop for the film, which, naturally, features a very corny cameo, though the the bright lights, black taxis and double-decker buses dotted around the city are infinitely more welcome.

For me, five was the best of all of the films, but six gives it a run for its money, taking the stunts to ridiculous new heights (literally). You could, of course, reprimand the film for its use of impossible feats, but that's the whole point of these films, right? To get bigger and more extreme, as demonstrated with the big and extreme – and always affable – introduction of Johnson in Fast Five.

For me, Johnson changed the game and breathed new life into a franchise that was beginning to get stale, and seeing Hobbs join forces with Toretto and co makes for brilliant viewing. The action is insane and the banter is electric, with the camaraderie between the cast obvious.

The only criticism of the film is its length. There was a particular moment that seemed as though the film had wrapped, though it continued for another half hour, and while what followed was laced with adrenaline and big bangs, the film could have done with a 20 minute tightening.

Shaw isn't an intimidating or imposing character, particularly when facing off against Hobbs and Toretto, but he is devious, ruthless and sharp, presenting an entirely new threat to the series.

Those in the know will be aware Tokyo Drift threw the timeline entirely out of sequence, but the game comes full circle at the end of the film, and you won't want to miss the credits sequence that follows…

Originally posted at www.zentertainmentweekly.com

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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Brian O'Connor (portrayed by Paul Walker) is taking his prison mug shot, his alias is T. Bridges. That is the combination of his two co-stars' names Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris (as Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges).


Quotes

Ian Shaw: If Ivory's dead, he made a mistake. If you make a mistake, you pay the price.
Letty Ortiz: That's a great eulogy, Shaw. You gonna give the same speech for the rest of us when we go out?


Goofs

When Hobbs is in the Humvee with his partner during the Shaw chase he has no facial hair. In the next scene when meeting up with Dom's team the facial hair has reappeared in full.


Crazy Credits

The opening credits list the film as 'Furious 6'.


Alternate Versions

The Extended version runs ~1min longer (13 extended scenes, 9 scenes with alternate material, 2 extended scenes with alternate material):

  • When Riley and Gisele approach the car manufacturer (Thure Lindhardt), there's a rant by him: "Who sent you? Oh come on, ladies! Two hot girls like you don't wander into this neighborhood unless I've called the escort service. And I haven't, yet, today."
  • At the end of the subway station fight between Letty and Riley, Letty strangles Riley with the handcuffs and pushes her back against the wall. She recognizes the train is about the leave then kicks her in the back of the knee before running off to the train.
  • There's an additional short exchange between Dominic and Han about the new 4-speed Camaro SS before Roman's hook hits the wall.


Soundtracks

Hobbs Arrives
From
Fast Five (2011)
Written by Brian Tyler

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Plot Summary


Synopsis (WARNING: Spoilers)


Genres

Action | Adventure | Thriller

Details

Release Date:

24 May 2013

Language

English, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Cantonese, Dutch


Country of Origin

USA, Japan, Spain, UK

Filming Locations

Shepperton Studios, Studios Road, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK

Box Office

Budget:

$160,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,375,245 26 May 2013

Gross USA:

$238,679,850

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$788,680,968

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