Who wants to see a film with a six in the title? I certainly didn't. But, boy, am I glad I did! This is a good film. The dialogue is fast and wicked. The cast, as usual, exudes a heat and a sexuality that burns up the screen. The reasons for seeing this film are: to be entertained and to forget the everyday minutiae that clog our regurgitating brains and to laugh. Yes, F&F6 is funny.
The writer of this ripe for pickins' dialogue is Chris Thompson and the screenplay that doesn't quit (do I see a F&F 7 in the making?) is Chris Morgan. While the talented director of this fine film is Justin Lin who was born in Taiwan. Perhaps due to his origin, this former student of UCLA film school has a fresh look at film that enables him to breathe life and longevity into an aging franchise. Long live Lin should be Universal's mantra.
F&F 6 begins with the guys and girls enjoying their millions from the last heist in retirement minus the soul burning, crime fighter Letty (Michele Rodriguez) who is believed to be dead. Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) pays a visit to Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) who is on the barbie in a sunny vacation spot and who tries to enlist Luke to rescue Letty. Luke has a photo of Letty that proves she is alive. This photo convinces Dominic to honor Luke's request to unite the gang not only to find Letty, but to bring down special ops soldier Shaw (Luke Evans) who is the head of a team of lethally skilled mercenary drivers, specializing in vehicular warfare.
Luke convinces Dominic that Shaw is holding Letty against her will. And so across 12 countries the gang of Brian (Paul Walker), Han (Sung Kang), Gisele (Gal Gadot), Tyrese Gibson (who handles his lines with skilled comedic talent), Taj (Ludacris), and Elena (Elsa Pataky) drive fast and furiously. Payment for helping Luke bring down Shaw will be a pardon for all their crimes which will enable them to be reunited as a family. Who'd think this franchise was based on family values, but there you have it.
A travelogue of sorts this team drives through London, Liverpool, Spain and ends in Tokyo. Don't walk out before credits end as this tag ending will take you to F&F 7 and I will eagerly await its release.
"You got some serious balls, man," Letty says to Dom.
"I've been told." Dom replies
So does Fast and Furious 6.