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Monday, 10 June 2013

Fast and Furious 6

Genre: Action/Thriller/Comedy
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel & Paul Walker
Running: 130 Mins

So the fast and furious saga continues. Saga is correct? Well in Rocky Balboa terms it is so who is to say we can't use it here? Dom and sidekick Brian return to race and blow stuff up, however this time around their wicked maneuvers is appreciated due to the fact that "The Rock" is no longer their nemesis!

Living it up in European islands the gang is scattered far from home as they spend their hard earned cash from the heist in Rio (Fast Five). However all holidays must end soon, even for rookie criminals as Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) finds the whereabouts of Dom (Vin Diesel), offering him an ultimatum which relates to former lover Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) who is potentially well and truly living. Hanging out with a gang of road mercenaries, Letty is involved with Shaw (Luke Evans) - the kingpin Hobbs is so adamant to get hold of. It is through that exposure that convinces Dom to reassemble the crew in order to trace the gang and find some truth behind Letty's fictional death.

The masculine presence of Dom is completely overshadowed by Hobbs with the performance and overall showmanship of Dwayne Johnson stealing the role of the protagonist. It is fair to say we have come to the point of no return for both Dom and Brian (Paul Walker) as the once clever companionship is most times irrelevant and over seen as the creators of Fast and Furious are clearly paving way for the actions of Dwayne Johnson - and could we blame them? Dwayne Johnson owns Fast and furious 6, just as he did with Fast Five. And while there is some entertaining fist fights featuring the team work of himself and Diesel, we all know that Johnson could have done without him.

Struggling to forget the eh, forgetful 2 Fast 2 Furious, characters such as Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Han (Sung Kang) are still scripted to do something funny or insanely stupid. Their presence is practically nonexistent, with "jive" comedy supplied by Roman falling on its knees every time.

The latest adventure is just as explosive and extremely funny when it's not supposed to be; with Dom and the gang always finding a reason to race leading to some entertaining scenes as they dodge tanks, take down airplanes while Vin Diesel showcases his best Superman impression - fans will be impressed by both the explosive action and the overall look of the movie, even if it is hilariously far-fetched!

Resembling the fast paced, at times dramatic story of Fast Five, the writers are clearly ambitious and some what reluctant to slow down anytime soon, offering a concept similar to Sly's Expendable's, meaning you just never know who you might see in the next drag race. And while "The Fast and the Furious" (2001) focused solely on car racing and the obsession and corruption behind it, the once dramatic tale has given birth to five new chapters that have slowly gone off the original concept. That is not to say it is a bad thing, in fact some might disagree when I say the first movie is the best. Why? Because we have adapted to what has become a franchise of utter silliness, yet they signify Hollywood's determination for blockbusters; known as movies that offer nothing other than a mindless euphoric cinema trip - and frankly, we don't mind.

Overall: Explosively Entertaining = 7.8/10

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