Director: Justin Lin
Studio: Original Film / One Race Films
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Installment six of the ’roided-up, pumped-up, vroom-vroom Fast and the Furious action franchise is just the way you’d imagine. Or hope. Plot is, as usual, just pretext for macho dialogue, insane stunts, ludicrous fight scenes and righteous ass-kicking.
This one, the fourth directed by Justin Lin, has likeable muscle-head U.S. Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) offering pardons to brooding muscle-head Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his speed-demon pals, including Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Gal Gadot and newbie Gina Carano. Their task? Bring Johnson the head of a devious, diabolical thief stealing military equipment (Luke Evans), a rotter who just happens to be the leader of a pack that includes Michelle Rodriguez, Diesel’s former lover, thought to be long dead.
The movie, mostly set in London, carries a tankful of emotional cheese what with writers Chris Morgan and Gary Scott Thompson routinely serving up knowing, winking emoticon-style dialogue like “Everything changes. Our old life is done,” and “It’s like we’re hunting our evil twins.” But happily that is drowned out by the earsplitting rush of vehicular destruction, lots of punching, crazy stunts, plenty of wisecracks (some of them hilariously homoerotic) and loads of noisy, high-flying leaps. Sure, the thing runs out of fuel long before the 127-minute mark, but the whole insanity is so full of fun and the cast is so likeable, especially Johnson and Gibson, that Fast & Furious 6 won’t have you groaning over the end credit sequence setup for a seventh movie—and beyond.