You know what's hard to believe? The Fast and the Furious was released 12 years ago, in 2001! Skip two forgettable sequels, to 2009, for Fast and Furious. It felt like the true sequel to the original film. The story felt real; it was a thriller as much as it was an action film. There was weight to the story, and the character development was much better. I was totally game for the franchise after that. Fast and Furious 5 was released 2011, and we saw the on-screen family grow. It brought back great characters from each of the previous films. It had incredibly memorable action set pieces, and left was wanting more. Now? Fast and Furious 6; where the movie slogan appropriately reads "All roads lead to this". Let's go.
What I liked about the film:
The Family (Characters)
Vin Diesel is definitely the leader of the group, and gets ample screen time. He always has everyone's best interest in mind. Paul Walker plays his trusted partner in crime. You get a sense of trust and loyalty with the two characters, that has developed over the course of their 4 films together. And just like any family, there's a leader (Diesel). There's a funny man (Tyrese). And there's also an angry uncle, that's Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in this case; who needs the group's help in busting an international criminal. I love Johnson in this movie. He's such a presence onscreen, he demands attention. And look out for some really funny scenes with Johnson and rapper, Ludacris.
Michelle Rodriguez, who supposedly died in part 4. She does well in these films. She's a balance of tough and sexy in one. New to the series, is MMA fighter Gina Carano who is meh, at best; but has some awesome fight scenes with Rodriguez. Luke Evans, a worthy villain, is also new to the series. But no spoilers here friends.
Justin Lin, for making these films bigger and better every time.
Speaking of director Justin Lin... he does it again with this film. It's story is entertaining, the characters are interesting, and the action keeps our hearts pumping. He knows the world and he's tied the past films and their characters together very nicely. Everything from casting to editing is well done here.
What I didn't like about the film:
Total Disregard for Protocol
The Harry Potter Effect
Brian (Paul Walker), was just a young cop who loved cars in 2001. Now he's a grown man who has a family with Jordana Brewster, and a son to protect. Dom (Vin Diesel) is not the man others think he is. He is the patriarch to this unconventional family. Justin Lin has directed as many 'Fast' films as David Yates did 'Potter' films. Crazy right? But it almost makes sense. These directors help to create this world the characters inhabit. They know it best. I'm a little bummed to hear that Lin will not be back for Fast 7, but you better believe, I'll be along for the ride! I loved this Summer action blockbuster and can't wait for more. Be sure to stick around after the credits roll.