The sixth in the Fast And The Furious big screen franchise is neither the worst (which would be the third) or the best (which would be the original).
In this sixth day at the races, since Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian’s (Paul Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, they have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete.
Meanwhile, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Luke Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.
Fast & Furious 6 sees director Justin Lin back behind the camera for the fourth time.
You’d think that in the land of Hollywood there would be writers who could, at the very least, punch out a screenplay that had a modicum of believability to it.
This movie from beginning, but especially at end, strains your ability to believe.
In one critical scene, the guys are involved getting a car on or off of a plane that is barreling down the runway. The problem, the longest runway in the world is less than 3 miles long, but the scene goes on for almost 15 minutes, which would mean that even with the plane going a very slow 100 miles an hour, the runway would have to be 25 miles long.
If you don’t mind complete foolishness such as that, and suspend belief 100%, then maybe this movie is for you.
Otherwise, cross your fingers and hope that The Fast & The Furious 7, 8, 9 and 10 are better than this. Because they probably won’t be worse.
The Fast & The Furious U.S. movie box office breakdown by title and release date:
The Fast And The Furious – $144,533,925 – Theatrical release date 6/22/01The Fast And The Furious 2 AKA 2 Fast 2 Furious – $127,154,901 – Theatrical release date 6/6/2003 The Fast And The Furious 3 AKA Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift – $62,514,415 – Theatrical release date 6/16/2006 The Fast And The Furious 4 AKA Fast & Furious – $155,064,265 – Theatrical release date 4/3/2009The Fast And The Furious 5 AKA Fast Five – $209,837,675 – Theatrical release date 4/29/2011The Fast And The Furious 6 – TBD – Theatrical release date 5/24/2013
The third in the Fast & The Furious film franchise, Tokyo Drift, was sans Paul Walker and Vin Diesel, and produced by the vile, horrible person in real life, Ryan Kavanaugh. Since the nasty man was involved, karma bit everyone involved in the ass and the movie bombed at the worldwide box office, thus requring the presence of the film franchise’s original cast members for all subsequent sequels.