Fast & Furious 6June 10, 2013
Hobbs has Dom and Brian reassemble their crew in order to take down a mastermind who commands an organization of mercenary drivers across 12 countries. Payment? Full pardons for them all.
Release Year: 2013
Rating: 7.8/10 (18,216 voted)
Director: Justin Lin
Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian's (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin's empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.
All roads lead to this
Filming Locations: Glasgow, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK
Did You Know?
Dennis McCarthy, the man behind building the vehicles used in the fast car franchise says that they used “a whole fleet of BMW M5s” in order to complete one sequence. McCarthy also said “We pretty much destroyed every single one later on in other scenes.” See more »
Hobbs refers to the BMW M5s he supplies the crew with as having twin turbo V8 engines. The current F10 variant has this engine, but the older E60 that they are driving has a normally aspirated V10. See more »
Movin' on up!
While most franchises lose their steam with each succeeding sequel, the
Fast and the Furious franchise is that rare exception where its later
films breathe in new life into the series. Once a franchise about car
racing, "Fast Five" took an unexpected turn as a bank heist thriller in
the vein of Steven Soderbergh's "Ocean's 11," a welcomed change as seen
by its huge box office earnings and critical success. Now, "Furious 6"
is neither about car racing nor bank heists, but rather a terrorist
threat with obvious inspirations from "The Dark Knight." Like "Fast
Five," the results are immensely satisfying and undeniably
The key to the franchise's upward turn in quality is due to director
Justin Lin. He is a skilled action director, and many filmmakers can
learn a few things or two from him: The action sequences are
impressive, engaging, comprehensible, and well-shot, with practical
effects to boot. There is a sense of danger, verve, and life in these
scenes rarely found in other films, despite how over-the-top and
ridiculous they may be; and yes, they often drift into gratify-defying
territory. While I usually don't react out loudly when watching a film,
this film had me gasping, jaw dropping, laughing, and applauding,
sometimes all at once!
Another ingredient to the film's success is the chemistry between the
cast members. We have grown to love these characters over the course of
the series that one cannot help but cheer on for them. In particular,
Tyrese Gibson and Ludicrous have such a terrific rapport with each
other that they provide some of the film's biggest laughs and memorable
one-liners. Additionally, Luke Evans is definitely a step up above the
previous film's antagonist, and Gina Carano provides some great
ass-kicking moments, although not much performance-wise. On another
note, I want to mention how refreshing it is to see minority actors
fill these roles. Certainly, the film's use of a diverse ensemble cast
should be commended. As for the story, it's nothing special, but I dare
you not to act surprised when several plot twists are revealed; I did
so more than I would like to admit.
If there's one thing to learn about this franchise, it's that some
change can be a good thing. While the later sequels do focus away from
the car racing, they still featured cars, which helped retain old fans
while bringing in new ones. "Furious 6" is terrific entertainment, and
judging by yet another dazzling cliffhanger and the audience's
reaction, "Fast & Furious 7" will be an amazing finale for the series.
Unfortunately, Justin Lin won't be back around for the last
installment, but someone please get this man to direct every and all
upcoming action flicks.