Release Date: 23 May 2013
Running Time: 130 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures
Director: Justin Lin
Screenplay: Chris Morgan
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson, Gal Gadot, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Luke Evans
Plot: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead the returning cast of all-stars as the global blockbuster franchise built on speed races to its next continent in Fast & Furious 6. Reuniting for their most high-stakes adventure yet, fan favorites Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Elsa Pataky are joined by badass series newcomers Luke Evans and Gina Carano. 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. Building on the worldwide blockbuster success of Fast Five and taking the action, stunts and narrative to even greater heights, Fast & Furious 6 sees director Justin Lin back behind the camera for the fourth time. He is supported by longtime producers Neal H. Moritz and Vin Diesel, who welcome producer Clayton Townsend back to the series.
Fast 6 works similarly to Fast 5 in various angles. While the plot consists of larger scale and different faces of villain, it retains the story structure in Fast 5 which involves three main acts across London and Lusitania. Even when the movie draws enough elements from other familiar heist dramas, Fast 6 is still able to punch some of their own signature and style around. The plot is as neat as the predecessor by incorporating more crucial back stories and deep ties all over. Of course, this is the movie that retains its own identity playing around the characters we already familiar with and teasing their family bond with great one-liner, humor and workable moment.
Roman's jab, brainy talk about muscle cars and ridiculous plan A still dominate the headline. Even a dedicated small scene gives the sense of revisiting the roots of the franchise - street racing. But besides having a great storyline and characters we do care for, the movie also works because of its action. As if John McClane can deliver badass actions in Die Hard 5, Dom and his team do the same job much better, more energetic, more consistent and more engaging. Actions are well-executed even if it means any scientific and realistic theories are put on-hold. The only problem for Fast 6 is that the pacing is a little slow somewhere in the middle of the second act.
Clearly, Fast 6 does the job it meant to do - a crowd-pleasing high octane action packed summer blockbuster that delivers decent story, amazing scenes and serviceable laughter. While it does not reach the height of excitement of the engaging finale at Rio de Janeiro, Fast 6 ranks among the best in the series. It cements the franchise as a standard for pop culture that works across the borders.