2013 / Director. Justin Lin.
The Fast & The Furious series has been a guilty pleasure of mine. When the first one was released in 2001 I resisted it. It was almost 2 years before I could bring myself to watch it and when I did, it surprised me. Since then I have watched and enjoyed all of the subsequent sequels and it's proved to be a solid franchise with no signs of abating. The reason for it's longevity is that it has evolved with each instalment and what began as a street racing hoon movie has turned into an action packed cops & robbers style heist series. I watched FAST & FURIOUS 6 last night and didn't think much of it. It is easily the worst of the lot but considering that it's 1 dud out of 6, it certainly doesn't mark an end to the charm. What I did enjoy about this instalment was that it brings the ongoing storyline full circle with many of the original conventions returning. There are some great street racing scenes reminiscent of the earlier films while a whole heap of the newer blockbuster action sequences dominate the screen time. It's ridiculous and indulgent, which we expect (want) from the series. I guess my issues with it relates to a boring plot and overly long action sequences. Hell, there's a runway chase scene towards the end of the film and if you calculate how fast they were travelling and calculate that the scene ran for over 15 minutes then the logical conclusion would be that it was the longest fucking airport tarmac in history. I estimated about 40-45kms long. LOL. With a running time of 130 minutes it would have benefited from a huge trimming of fat. 90 minutes would have made it a tight and exciting movie. There's an exciting hook at the end of the film, which sets up number 7 nicely. We're back in Tokyo where the set up for the next instalment will not only pick up where part 6 left off but will also bring part 3 (Tokyo Drift) into the chronological timeline. With Aussie director James Wan on board to direct it, there's a whole lot of promise.