‘Fast & Furious 6’ review: Don’t think, just go along for the ride

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'Fast & Furious 6' review: Sung Kang (Han), Tej (Ludacris), Gal Gadot (Gisele), Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto), Paul Walker (Brian O'Conner) and Tyrese Gibson (Roman) in Fast & Furious 6
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his gang of motor racers are back, faster and furiouser in Fast & Furious 6

Fast & Furious 6 review in a nutshell: So fast! So furious! So ridiculous!

Movie synopsis

Federal agent Luke Hobbs (The Rock) gets Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Brian Walker) to assemble their team to take down a team of ruthless mercenary drivers in exchange for full pardons, after their previous Rio heist left them rich but on the lam. An unexpected obstacle arises when the second-in-command of the mercenaries is revealed to be Dom’s ex-lover Letty, whom he thought was dead.

Would I recommend you watch it?

If you watch movies for fun and don’t mind ridiculous action movies with tons of fast cars and occasionally scantily-clad women, why yes, this is absolutely for you!

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Or continue reading for a full review with major spoilers.

Full review of Fast & Furious 6 (with major spoilers)

Everytime I watch a fast-paced action movie like the Fast & Furious series, I wonder two things:

(1) How on earth did they shoot all the action sequences and car chases, especially those where they had to shut down major stretches of road like Piccadilly in London and Shibuya in Tokyo? I never fail to be amazed at all the expense these productions go to for a mere few minutes of wow factor on screen each time.

And (2) What the hell is happening?

The action sequences specialise in the ridiculous, which is fine, since these movies don’t promise to be anything else; but they were also so messy that I couldn’t make sense of them at all. I have no trouble making great bounds in logic and taking things at face value, but I would like to be able to see how they got from Point A to Point B, instead of everything moving by in a blur.

Tyrese Gibson as Roman in Fast & Furious 6, jumping from a moving tank to a moving car on a highway
Tyrese Gibson giving a giant “F— YOU” to the laws of physics in Fast & Furious 6

Among all the action sequences — including the Interpol break-in and subsequent baffling street chase, the outrageous tank highway chase and miraculous midair flying rescues of Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) — the plane was the most chaotic. Firstly, longest runway in the world!

Secondly, I had no idea who was fighting what, how Dominic (Vin Diesel) and gang and later Hobbs (The Rock) got on the plane, what the cars below it were trying to do and why they were trying to do it (until the very end), why the plane still tried to take off when there were three freaking cars hanging on its wings, why it spontaneously combusted all over when one side was damaged, why the pilots had no self-preservation and didn’t slow down when it was clear they were heading for disaster, etc.

And I was stunned when Gisele (Gal Gadot) died. I suppose it had to happen, so that Han’s death (Sung Kang) in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift — whose storyline takes place after Fast & Furious 6 — could wrap up their lovers’ story arc in a bow. But I was still shocked that they went there, since they could have kept her even without Han. She was so pretty and badass (and unbelievably skinny), it was a shame to see her go.

Gal Gadot (Gisele) and Sung Kang (Han) in Fast & Furious 6
Gal Gadot (Gisele) and Sung Kang (Han) in Fast & Furious 6

Yeah, the movie’s gratuitous. Full of the typical heist film stereotypes, token race representation, hot girls in skimpy, boob-baring outfits, men with thick bulging muscles slathered in baby oil and a perpetual menacing scowl, tough chicks kicking each other’s asses in protracted fight sequences, impossible stunts in fast cars etc.

But I went into it knowing exactly what I would get, so I had tons of fun. Better people than me have broken down all the over-the-top moments in the film, but we all agree on one thing — its ridiculousness does not detract from its freaking awesomeness.

I’ll miss Paul Walker in these movies, if they make any more of them after Fast & Furious 7 is done.

Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner in the Fast & Furious movies
Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner in the Fast & Furious movies

Where to watch Fast & Furious 6 in the U.S.

Streaming services: Fast & Furious 6 is not on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or any other streaming services.

Rent/Buy: Get it on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft, FandangoNOW, Redbox

Where to watch Fast & Furious 6 in Singapore

Streaming services: Fast & Furious 6 is on Netflix. It’s not on Amazon Prime Video or any other local streaming services.

Rent/Buy: Get it on iTunes

Where to watch Fast & Furious 6 in other countries

Not in the U.S. or in Singapore? Here’s a handy guide on how to find specific movies and watch them online legally, wherever you are.

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