‘Fast & Furious 6’ – What Did You Think?

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Cast your mind back to the release of 2 Fast 2 Furious, a film that was derided from nearly all corners, and then look at this week’s release of Fast & Furious 6. It took a decade, but Universal’s car-racing franchise has evolved into “event” status. Whether you like the films or not, there’s no arguing that under the stewardship of Justin Lin, who took over as director with the third movie, this series of films has exploded as a fan favorite. Lin knows how to manage action, and he’s had a long-term plan to consistently up the ante on that front.

Much more importantly, Lin realized that consistent characters are what bring people back to the films. He talked Vin Diesel back into the fold and then developed a suite of characters to fill out four individual films that ultimately work as one interlocked narrative. It’s an action-movie soap opera, sure, but one featuring precisely the sort of reliance on character that very few other action series get right.

The sixth film pushes outward in every direction: there are more characters and amped-up drama, and the action setpieces are more improbable and ridiculous than ever. Fast & Furious 6 won’t ever be held up as a major moral statement, but there’s a lot to be said for the series’ general tendency to trumpet values in friendship and family. There’s a sense of values here that could also be present in, say, the Die Hard movies, if the last couple McClane sequels weren’t such botch jobs.

With Fast & Furious 6 in theaters now, we’re curious to know how you feel about the film. Does the action work, and do the interlinked stories and characters provide enough meat to flesh out all the time between setpieces? Let us know in the comments below, where spoilers are allowed and encouraged. Read More »

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Fast and the Furious 6 (or just Furious 6) opens today outside the US, and next week in the States. There’s already plenty of talk about the seventh movie in the series, which will bring back most of the major cast from the last few films, and will feature a new villain. James Wan (Saw, Insidious) will take over as director, as Justin Lin finally moves on.

Vin Diesel has been the source of quite a bit of news about the series over the past year or two, and now he throws out two locations for the seventh chapter. One won’t be much of a surprise, while the other is something new. We’ll keep all the main info after the break, so as not to spoil any secrets of Furious 6 for those who haven’t been tipped to the details of the current film’s ending. Read More »