CAST: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Luke Evans, Ludacris, Jordanna Brewster, Gina Carano, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky, Shea Wigham, John Ortiz
DIRECTED BY: Justin Lin
The gang’s all here. This film STILL takes place before Tokyo Drift, so I can pretty well say that this film ties into every single Fast film they’ve made so far. For being the sixth film in the franchise, it does a really good job of reaching back into the previous films, and making it seem like this film was planned all along, and you just weren’t paying attention. Sure, it’s the sixth film in a franchise. Sure, critics are supposed to hate it. Yes, it stars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. And it is also the best damn movie of the summer.
The film starts off with bad actor/sometime race car driver Paul Walker/Brian O’Connor becoming a father. He and Dom (Vin Diesel) swear off ‘the life’ only to be brought back in mere moments later by Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) who needs Dom and his team so he can track down some ex-military guys. Let’s be clear here… the special forces guy is asking help from street racers. And if that’s not enough, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is back, and working for Shaw (Luke Evans), the bad guy. Don’t overthink it. Turn your mind off. Everything will be fine.
I can’t really continue to describe the plot more, because it is really rather nonsensical, and full of plot holes. But dammit if the action sequences aren’t spectacular, and the film manages to tie in some brilliant twists, and hook back into the plots of previous films. And as if that wasn’t enough, the scene during the credits… blew my mind. I never thought I’d say this, but I can’t wait for Fast 7. And as far as what Justin Lin has done for this franchise, I’d be surprised if he doesn’t get asked to do something else high profile really soon.
The summer is here, and you’re looking for mindless blockbuster sequels that are entertaining. You already sat through Iron Man 3, and loved it, and it’s time to sit back and enjoy the best Fast and Furious movie to date (including the first one). The action is so over the top, you can’t help but enjoy what’s happening on screen. They may just be street racers, but they’re street racers with an extraordinary ability to entertain.
FINAL GRADE: A-