Friday, October 04, 2013

Furious 6

When the fifth installment of the hugely popular car chase saga The Fast & the Furious was released, I said watching the new Fast Five film is like attending a family reunion. These characters may be badass criminals, but, as Vin Diesel’s Dom constantly reminds the audience, they are a family and the audience is the past of that family, who would root for them no matter what.

So, you don’t really need a story and plot to make a F&F movie, just put the characters together and make them drive fancy fast cars, in scenic locations. That’s it.

Fast Five was a heist film in the tradition of Ocean’s 11. In the new film, sometimes call Furious 6, it goes back to bad guy vs bad guy mode. And Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty returns from dead, motivating a new series of car chase with fancy machines, first in London and then in Spain. And there’s something about microchips and stuff you don’t really car about.

There is nothing much to say about the film. But, if you have seen all the earlier films, it’s all fun, the way the characters interact with each other and all.

And, oh, there is Luke Evans as the bad guy, who smoulders and does his job quite effectively. And hand to hand combat scenes are especially nice. As I said, it’s good fun.

Fast & Furious 6 (alternatively known as Fast Six or Furious 6) is a 2013 action film written by Chris Morgan and directed by Justin Lin. It is the sixth installment in the Fast and the Furious film series. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Sung Kang, Luke Evans, Gina Carano and John Ortiz. Fast & Furious 6 follows a professional criminal gang led by Dominic Toretto (Diesel) who have retired following their successful heist in Fast Five (2011), but remain wanted fugitives. U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) offers to clear the group's criminal records and allow them to return home in exchange for helping him to take down a skilled mercenary organization led by Owen Shaw (Evans) and his second-in-command, Dominic's presumed-dead lover Letty Ortiz (Rodriguez).
Fast & Furious 6 was in development by February 2010 as the first film in the series to move away from the underground car-racing theme of the series' previous films which was considered to have placed a barrier on audience numbers. Pre-production had begun by April 2011, and principal photography began in London, England in July 2012. Filming locations also included the Canary Islands, Glasgow, and Los Angeles. The film was first released in the United Kingdom, on May 17, 2013, followed by an international release on May 24, 2013. The film has grossed over $780 million worldwide, making it number 43 on the all-time worldwide list of highest-grossing films, in unadjusted dollars, and the third-highest-grossing film of 2013. A sequel is scheduled to begin filming in September 2013.

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