For once, the movie exceeded or matched the high expectations set by the trailer with the good blend of witty-lines, high-octane car chase and racing scenes, fist-pounding fight scenes and several heartwarming situations between characters.
The movie picks up months after the fifth movie with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesal)'s team retired from a life of crime with the millions of dollars from their last Rio heist. As internationally wanted criminals, they are unable to go home to the United States and newly-fathered Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) are forced to start their new family on foreign grounds. However an opportunity soon comes knocking in the form of Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) who offers them a chance at freedom in exchange for their expertise and help in bringing down rogue British soldier Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and the very-much alive Letty, Dom's former lover.
Let's face it. The plot was fairly predictable, the action sequence over-the-top, the cast easy on the eye, several minor plot holes (including the explanation of Letty's memory loss) and the acting and delivery of dialogue expected of actors who are comfortable in the skin of their characters. The saying 'leave your brain at the door' rings true for this movie. But by golly, I could leave my brain at the door many times if that was the case. At the end of it, there was just something about the Fast and Furious saga that had audiences coming back for more and this sixth movie is no different.
Dwayne Johnson merely ups the dynamic of the group and enhance the bromance between Dom and Hobbs and Dom and Brian. And watching them tag-team each other against the bad guys was freaking awesome. The dynamic of crew versus crew was exciting but we always know that Dom's team will come out on top. There were plenty of moments that had me and everyone else in the cinema gasping, in the midst of clapping and downright cheering. Fast and Furious had always been good at engaging the audiences in the simplest way. By making it all about the family.
|'I believe I can fly....'|
|Iconic Dom & Letty|
Would I watch it again?
Heck yes! Fast cars have always thrilled me and heist movies with good twists are always fun. Italian Job, anyone? But at the same time, it is important to remember that these are just movies and the stunts are performed by trained drivers and professionals. Cars do not leapt across a road divider and remain intact, roll cage or not.
|Blast from the past.|