Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Summary: 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.
Review by MovieBytes
|Overall: 8/10 Fast and Furious 6 is a continuation of the fast paced thrill ride that started with “The Fast and The Furious” in 2001, but really took off in “Fast and Furious” in 2009. I continue to enjoy the story because it DOESN’T leave the past in the past, and the team has to keep dealing with the consequences of the actions they take in previous movies. This overall story arc is really exciting and the staples of the series (fast cars, hot girls, and no rules) are ever present. I think the series is alive and well, and at the end of the film we are all left anxiously awaiting the next chapter.|
|Writing: 7/10 The writing for the Fast and Furious franchise has been greatly improved since it’s early days, and the trend continues with this installment. The plot, characters, humor, and dialogue were of the same high quality as F&F 4 and 5, and they continued to bring in characters, plot points and consequences from previous movies. You get thrown into the story right away, and it doesn’t slow down until the satisfying finish. An exciting ride to be sure.
The down side to the writing is the trademark of the franchise, a lot of slight implausibility, and a little laughable impossibility. A few scenes throw the laws of physics right out the window to create an impressive stunt that is just not believable. I recognize that Fast and Furious fans would argue that this kind of stunt is true to the franchise, but we are looking at normal humans, not Neo, or Superman. Another thing I have to mention is the finale scene involving an airplane that attempts to take off for about 20 minutes, riding on what seems like a 100 mile long airstrip. By the end of the scene, which obviously ended at the last few feet of the strip, I was laughing out loud at how preposterous the whole situation was.
I have a hard time giving the writing as low of a score as a 7, but some of those physics breaking scenes are just painful. Without them, the writing score would be more like a 9.
|Acting: 7/10 The acting stays at the same level as the previous movies, all actors continue to play their roles well. No acting stood out as particularly good, but Paul Walker may be a slight cut above the rest. The new villain, Shaw, was portrayed well by Luke Evans.|
|Character Development: 9/10 Almost all the characters here have been very well developed in previous movies, but they do throw in some development, some changes, and some new characters. Bryan is now a daddy, and his character deals with the change of responsibility that comes with that. Letty is back from the dead, and (without giving too much away) her character gets a new beginning. Dom has to deal with Letty coming back, and must choose between his new love and his old one. And the new villain is fairly well developed for the screen time he has in the movie. The rest of the team pretty much stays the same, but overall, the character development is a high point for the film.|
|Music: 4/10 I actually didn’t notice the music very much, beyond the standard hip/hop accompaniment. The score was written by Lucas Vidal, who is new to the franchise, but the score does not stand out at all.|
|Cinematography: 8/10 The Fast and Furious movies have all had some impressive cinematography, with cool sweeping shots during intense car chase scenes, so this has come to be expected as standard for the newest installment. The cinematography was good, but hasn’t improved over the course of time. Images were clear, lighting was appropriate and camera angles fairly standard, but average overall.|
|Costuming/Makeup: 5/10 Costuming and Makeup were very basic. Modern dress and little need for makeup other than some scrapes and burns for the finale.|
|Visual Effects: 7/10 A mix of very good and very bad. The Visual Effects team did a fantastic job at making the impossible moments of the film happen, but the film would have been better with more believable stunts, and less flawed premises. I still give visual effects a high score because the creation of these scenes and choice to include them are made at the writing and directing levels, not by the people who just have to make it look real. It was very obvious that visual effects and CGI were used, but that is because a man can’t fly 300 ft through the air at 90 mph and land on a car windshield without a scratch.|
|Set Design: 7/10 The film is set in several different location around the world, like London, Spain, California, and China, and I have to give them credit for filming in all of those locations. The sets felt real, and were not artificial looking at all.|