Tuesday, May 7, 2013

It's always nice to attend a world premiere of a movie. But if you can't be there, simulcast is the next best thing! Today I got to watch via simulcast the world premiere of Fast & Furious 6 in London. After the simulcast there was a screening of the movie.

The movie is a nonstop adrenaline rush with amazing car scenes as one would expect from their franchise. This is Director Justin Lin's last go at the franchise, but apparently not the last Fast & Furious film. But more on that later.

If you've seen the trailers than you'll know that Vin Diesel's character Dominic's girlfriend Letty played by Michelle Rodriguez is alive again. She was presumed dead in the 4th movie. The plot of this movie is that government agent Hobbs played by Dwayne Johnson seeks out Dominic's help and his crew to capture a criminal organization led by Owen Shaw played by Luke Evans, along with Letty. So just how do we get to this point?

In the previous movie, Dominic and gang scored a heist of a lifetime leaving each filthy rich and retired. The only thing that will get them out of retirement is of course family as each of the crew considers each other. The whole underlying theme of the movie as well as the others of course is family. And yes, of course there's the fast cars, money and beautiful women. As mentioned before Letty was presumed dead in the 4th movie, murdered we found out from drug dealer Arturo Braga. She survived though and had been in a hospital with amnesia. We learn in Six how Letty wounds up working with Owen. Spoilers in the next paragraph.

Just what make this film much better than the previous ones? The insane stunts in the movie are unbelievable. In at least two scenes we see people flying through the air on to or into cars, that you would think it was the new Man of Steel movie. As Tyrese's character would say "There's a tank on my ass", that whole chase and ending point is the highlight of the film. But then they go and top that with the fight at the end at the airport. How about pulling at your heart strings with the birth of Brian and Mia's son in the beginning. Or the death of two of Dom's crew! Gisele played by Gal Gadot, is the first to bite the dust saving her lover Han played by Sung Kang in the final fight scene. We don't see a body but falling about 40 feet from a plane moving at about 80 miles per hour would spell death for you 99% of the time. Prior to their death Gisele and Han talked about settling down in Tokyo. We see Han in a car chase which is the scene right before the credits leading into Fast & Furious 7. But like Gisele, his death is apparent at the hands of ... wait for it... Jason Statham! As much as I'm sadden by the death of Han, the thought of Jason Statham vs. Vin Diesel had the crowd roaring. End of spoiler.

I would definitely recommend this film even if you did not see the other films. They provide enough back story so you're up to date and include a nice montage in the opening credit of the previous five movies. For me, Tyrese steals the show with his quips and leaping away from a tank. The movie opens the weekend of May 24th, rated PG-13, 2 hour and 10 minutes.

Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5.0

  • Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto
  • Paul Walker as Brian O'Conner
  • Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs
  • Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto
  • Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce
  • Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz
  • Sung Kang as Han Seoul-Oh
  • Chris Bridges as Tej Parker
  • Luke Evans as Owen Shaw
  • Gina Carano as Riley
  • Gal Gadot as Gisele Yashar
  • Joe Taslim as Jah
  • Clara Paget as Vegh
  • Elsa Pataky as Elena Neves
  • Jin Au-Yeung as Jimmy

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