MOVIE REVIEW: Fast and Furious 6

by Mark Angelo Ching
May 19, 2013

Like its previous iterations, Fast & Furious 6 is an adrenaline-filled movie, with action scenes arranged around a plot that merely serves as window-dressing.

FF6 picks up where Fast Five ended. After pulling off a grand heist in Rio de Janeiro, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his gang of fugitives have retired and dispersed into different parts of the world. But Toretto comes out of retirement when he learns that Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), his ex-girlfried who was presumed dead, is actually alive and working for a rival syndicate led by a former soldier named Owen Shaw (Luke Evans).

Letty was previously shown to have died in the series's fourth installment, but flashbacks depict that she survived a gun attack and is afflicted with amnesia. After recovering from her injuries, Shaw convinced her to join his new gang.

Soon, Toretto gathers his gang to help him save Letty and stop the rival criminals, with support from government agents Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Riley (Gina Carano).

There is no dull moment in FF6. Despite having a predictable story, director Justin Lin was able to inject much-needed intrigue to keep things interesting, even during expository scenes.

The right casting is also integral. Even though there is a huge number of characters, their looks and traits are varied enough not to confuse them with one another. Even the casting of the rival gang is brilliantly done, and each one leaves a lasting impression upon viewers despite being onscreen for only a few minutes.

FF6 stands out the most for its major action scenes. They are all shot with grandiosity in mind--the action scenes happen in different locations around the world, and there's a lot of large scale damage. There's a feeling that budget is not an issue to this production, and what matters is that viewers enjoy the many scenes of destruction. This raises the stakes and heightens the excitement even more.

Of course, these scenes won't be realized without the great performances of its leads, particularly Vin Diesel, who manages to come off as a sensitive gentleman hoping to save his ex-girlfriend, despite the tough action scenes he has to accomplish.

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Kudos should also go to FF6's strong women, especially Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano, who had no fear and courted danger for our enjoyment. Watching these tough chicks drive fast cars and fight each other are as nail-biting as the explosive climax scenes.

In the end, Fast & Furious 6 is an enjoyable flick filled with pulse-pounding action. Plot holes may abound, but they do not get in the way of the incredible carnage that viewers can expect to see.

Fast & Furious 6 will open in Philippine cinemas by May 24, 2013.

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