“Fast & Furious 6” may be one of the few film series of recent history that is actually improving as they go along. Credit a lot of that to the consistent work of Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel as Hobbs and Dominic. They manage to keep renewing their likeable action heroes with appealing comic personalities and ever-expanding and more ambitious action content. And in “FF6,” they have set a new standard vehicular destruction.
The one thing you never want to dwell on in these films is the plot. The scripts jump around chronologically, and really don’t need to make much sense. The females are always beautiful, in a tough sort of way. The “ride or die” mantra is always key.
In “FF6,” Hobbs looks up a now “retired” Dom and asks him to reunite his crew so that they all can go after a villain named Owen Shaw, played by Luke Evan. Shaw has a cadre of mercenary drivers and vehicles spread across a dozen countries. Dom’s price for reuniting his old gang? Full pardons for everybody, at least until the next film.
“FF6” has a do more of a domestic look than an International feel, even though a lot is done in London. There are the mandatory family time scenes and the preachy reminder of the importance of all that.
“FF6” features destructive conveyances and indestructible good guys. Sure you know what it will be all about. But it’s getting there that’s the fun, and “FF6” is quite a trip.
With apologies to Bette Davis, “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”