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A Little Too Fast and a Little Too Furious
on 20 November 2014
I was never a fan of ‘The Fast and the Furious’ films as they just seemed like empty headed carploitation with little to no interest for non-petrol heads. However, this changed with the fifth film that introduced an ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ style heist element and played down some of the po-faced nature of the earlier films. As this fifth iteration proved so popular, more was guaranteed, but ‘Fast and Furious 6’ is a case of more not automatically meaning better.
Dom and Brian et al. are once more dragged back into the car game, this time by the nemesis turned ally Hobbs who wants the team to go up against a deadly team of car thieves. Creating a dark version of the Fast team is a little strange as they themselves are a little morally ambiguous. To make sure the bad guys appear to be worse, Luke Evans et al. are proper killers. Seeing the team take on these maniacs should be fun and it is.
However, there are definite reservations here. The action is fun, but almost too overblown. The film have taken any sense of sleek coolness from the earlier movies and thrown them out of the window for out and out crazy action. This action is hi-octane and there are some great set pieces, but they feel a little empty. The franchise is reliant on the sense of family, but here the sentiment feels lame and it is more about the spectacle. I also have issue with the spectacle. Our heroes probably cost as much pain, human misery and destruction as the enemies. They hurtle around the streets in wild abandonment.
‘Fast 6’ is meant to be a frothy action film and on this level it succeeds. However, what elevated ‘Fast 5’ was that it also had heart and humour. Trying to catch lightening in a bottle twice appears to have been too much for Diesel and the team. It would also appear that we may be on yet another downward curve in terms of quality for the franchise. Just enjoy them whilst there still watchable.
The home version of the film is extended. I have not watched the shorter version so cannot compare them. I do know that the film did not seem overly long by any extra seconds that have been added. I watched the Blu-Ray version and the film looked very good in HD. It also had a few extras that would interest fans, including making ofs and an extended director’s commentary.