Haven’t you heard? Trilogies are so passé these days. Six is where it’s at, in fact number seven is on the way in case you didn’t know and you will if you stay to the end of Furious 6, but I’m getting ahead of myself.
Many people look on at this franchise in complete bewilderment as to how it is still going. I have to admit I’m one of them but it’s the wrong way to look at it really. The title isn’t important. It’s just an action car based film that happens to have the same people in it. If you don’t believe me watch Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift which is actually not a bad movie at all and doesn’t have half of the action of the films in the rest of the series.
The main thing you should wonder though is about Vin Diesel, I mean I worry for anyone who speaks in such a deep voice, it can’t be good for you. But mainly I worry for the man’s career given the only films he seems to be able to do are this series and Riddick, to which he’s gone back to recently.
Diesel is back joined by the boys and girls from the previous film: Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Ludacris and Jordana Brewster. For this film we get the bonus additions of Gino Carano, Luke Evans, Clara Paget and Kim Kold a former 6ft 4” Danish goalkeeper who you can’t imagine let much past him!
Much of the movie is a ‘who has the biggest guns’ show between Johnson, Diesel and Kold. Johnson probably just gets it but Kold is also a former national bodybuilding champion so it’s close.
The actual story, well, does it matter? Do you care? Someone steals something using fast cars, Johnson decides he wants to employ ‘the best’ to stop it happening again and so hire Diesel and co to help out. It’s all really unimportant for this film as it’s very much about the action, even the cars take more of a back seat then previously.
The latter is a shame as the majority of the movie takes place in Europe and yet, rather than featuring the vast plethora of European sports cars: Ferrari’s, Lamborghini’s, Pagani’s, Atom’s, Bugatti’s and many, many more to choose from, the gang stick with mainly American muscle cars. Just to hammer it home the bad guy gets given an Aston Martin. An Aston that strangely sounds like an American muscle car, in fact most cars sound like American muscle cars in this movie.
There’s lots of action scenes in the movie, lots of fights scenes, one street race through London (of which you can see the police stopping traffic and the barriers stopping the crowds) a plane chase and a tank chase. Just the usual!
The best part of the film is the end. I don’t mean that when the film finishes it’s the best part, I mean you think the film has finished but there’s a little teaser of things to come in the next one (and they do it before the credits so you don’t have to sit around and wait). It’s an exciting teaser, a Brit as a bad guy, shock horror, but an excellent choice if done correctly, although given the storyline that has been released…I won’t hold my breath.