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FAST & FURIOUS 6 review

Posted on May 23, 2013 at 12:39 pm by David "Snackbar" Edmundson

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As a huge fan of the Fast & Furious franchise, I was really looking forward to the high octane, full throttle action the series is known for.  Unfortunately I left the theater with a disappointed feeling.  The action was there, but somehow felt less grand and new.  Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of ludicrous action sequences in this film.  Two in particular will have you laughing with glee, and shaking your head smiling. If you have seen the trailers, you know that one involves a tank, and the other an airplane.  Check out the video below for a truncated video review followed by my recreation of the “tank” stunt chase.

So to expand on the video.  The characters in the film, while amazing at action are not great actors. So when they attempt to have touching moments, and monologues about family it comes off awkward.  I want Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson to be beating fools up, not trying to sell me girl scout cookies…. Strike that, a film where they sell girl scout cookies would be hilarious.  Not to mention that the film brings back Michelle Rodriguez’s character Letty.  Some, myself included would say that the 2nd best move the franchise has made (after bringing in Dwayne Johnson) was to kill off Rodriguez’s character.  Her resurrection is straight out of a soap opera, and you will roll your eyes at her story arch more than once.

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My other primary gripe is that several of the characters (1 in particular) really goes against what his character stands for near the end.  I will not spoil it, but you will know it when you see it.  The narrative of the film ends; there is resolution to all story points, evil is dealt with, and friends are reunited. But wait, there is still twenty minutes left.  Guess that means we need to see one more big action scene, and have a new ending.  Which is precisely what happens.

It’s not all bad of course.  If you are a fan of over-the-top, unrealistic stunts like me, you are in for a treat as this one features 2 doozies.  Which while unbelievable are fun and entertaining to watch.  Also there is a scene during the credits which not only sets up the sequel, but also ties these films with Tokyo Drift, which we all know takes place after Fast and Furious 4-6.  We are introduced to Fast 7’s villain, and if you do not know who it is you will be excited.

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Great action cannot make up for poor acting, and melodramatic writing.  The Fast and Furious franchise has always been about cars and action, and this injection of family and feelings fits into the story great on paper, but it’s execution is lacking.

Snackbar’s Grade: C+

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