You don’t spend most of your life driving fast through the streets of the city without getting a taste for speed. Speed is exactly what the movies in The Fast & The Furious franchise deliver in a much safer environment.
Now I’ll be honest, I thought the first one was really good, absolutely hated the second one, but LOVED the third one. Yes, I am that ONE guy who absolutely LOVES Tokyo Drift. Needless to say when the franchise was revived in the fourth film and Han (actor Sung Kang) came with it, I was good with the whole timeline setup. I’m a continuity freak, and this sort of fit in. Then with Fast Five, well they still maintained that continuity… because Han still hasn’t gone to Tokyo.
Enter Fast & Furious 6… and Han still hasn’t gone to Tokyo. But that’s okay… because the team needs him.
This time, instead of looking to pull off a big score, their looking for pardons courtesy of their previous pursuer, Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), who is now after a different crime spree crew. As he says in the opening sequence, “To hunt wolves you need wolves.”
Actually, I thought you just needed a broken bottle and some duct tape a la Liam Neeson, but whatever.
Now I’m not going to spoil it, but I will say that there are four epic chase/race scenes. Out of the four, only one of them is a street race. Were the scenes epic? Sure they were, otherwise I wouldn’t have called them that in the first place. It shouldn’t be a big secret that one of them involves a frigging tank… a military tank. Epic, of this I can assure you.
What I missed in this one that has been decreasing more and more as the series progresses is the street racing life. I wish they had more street races than chases. The movie itself set a pace and maintained it. Overall it was an exciting movie that kept true to the last two movies in the franchise, and in the spirit of the first.
Oh, and someone’s been taking some tips from Marvel. Be sure to stay after the first round of credits… because Han finally goes to Tokyo… and the final scene of Tokyo Drift where Vin Diesel faces the new Dorikin in Han’s protege Lucas Black is set up.
And so is Fast & Furious 7…