Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the gang are back in their flashy hot rods for another installment in the Fast & Furious franchise. Fast Five, arguably the best movie in the series, left off on a huge cliffhanger that set up Fast & Furious 6 (out on May 24) to be the most thrilling, twist-filled installment yet. Did it live up to the hype, or spin out after not having enough NOS in the tank? Find out below!
New York Times
The bad guys have flip cars, sleek machines whose armor-plated front ends are designed so that when they strike another vehicle, it goes spinning through the air. And in a later chase, Shaw and friends pull out a formidable tank that turns any vehicle it encounters into squished scrap metal. These flashy smashies and a climactic sequence, in which the good guys try to prevent Shaw from taking off in an airliner by tethering their cars to it, make the movie a satisfying thrill ride, at least on a par with the earlier installments. A nice twist near the end is well disguised, and a coda hints at what’s to come in Part 7.
Los Angeles Times
But what really sets Fast & Furious 6 apart is the blinding speed with which it shifts between over-the-top action, that speedometer inching toward 800 mph at times, and soap opera emotions that bring everything to a screeching halt. It’s enough to give you whiplash … in a good way.
New York Daily News
Every movie in this franchise is almost identical, except for how (nearly) each one is better than the last. That’s true this time, too. Somehow [director] Justin Lin just keeps topping himself, with bigger fights, badder villains, bolder chases. And while Diesel was born to make these movies, his pit crew has grown into a satisfyingly connected team.
Fast & Furious 6 is equal parts Ocean’s movie, Road Runner cartoon, and WWE SmackDown. In other words, it’s more or less the same movie as its predecessor, 2011’s Fast Five—a surprise commercial and critical hit that didn’t so much reinvigorate the Fast & Furious franchise as reinvent it. The series, which began in 2001 with Rob Cohen’s throwback exploitation movie The Fast And The Furious, has dropped any pretense of grit; like Fast Five, Furious 6 is a big, colorful B-movie romp where the laws of physics are routinely ignored. There are long, mayhem-heavy setpieces involving armored race cars, tanks, harpoons, and cargo planes. There are logic-defying leaps, as well as leaps in logic. It’s dumb fun—nothing more, nothing less.
Fast & Furious 6 invests the lion’s share of its resources in a highway duel that’s as cheerfully ridiculous as any sequence in the series. (One word: tank!) For a 15-minute stretch, Lin and his effects team cut loose with high-speed jousting, massive explosions and countless feats of derring-do no actual human could survive. It’s glorious while it lasts, but then the film goes back to figuring out how to keep its oversized vessel from taking on water. And that’s more hard work than it’s worth.
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