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May 28, 2013

REVIEW: Fast and Furious 6

CLAREMORE —

Somewhere at the beginning of “Fast & Furious 6,” upon viewing a crime scene which involved a great deal of vehicular mayhem (yes, “vehicular mayhem” is a thing), FBI agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) says the following: “There’s only one crew in the world that could get this done.” 
The joke here is that he’s NOT talking about the Fast and/or Furious crew of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and company, but a different group of automotive-based criminals. 
In fact, Agent Hobbs going to need the assistance and expertise of the Fast and/or Furious crew to capture these vehicular ne’er-do-wells.
Having subverted our expectations this once, the rest of “Fast & Furious 6” is basically what you think it’s going to be if you’ve seen any of the other films in the series, particularly its immediate predecessor, “Fast Five.” 
Again directed by Justin Lin, “Fast & Furious 6” follows a script (a term which I’m using loosely here) by Chris Morgan, who has written a screenplay with as much brainless macho posturing as audiences have come to expect from these kind of films. 
“Furious & Furious 6”  features Dominic (Diesel), Brian (Walker), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Han (Sung Kang), and Tej (Chris Ludacris Bridges) cooperating with Agent Hobbs and his new partner, the butt-kicking femme Riley (Gina Carano), to stop the evil Shaw (Luke Evans) from obtaining a dangerous weapon. Or something like that.
Shaw and his friends use cars to do everything, and you know what they say — fight cars with cars.
Oh, and remember Vin Diesel’s girlfriend who was killed in one of the earlier movies? No? Well, me neither, honestly, but we learned at the very end of “Fast 5” that she was alive after all (gasp!), and in “Fast & Furious 6” she’s still alive, but she suffers from amnesia  and may have turned to the dark side.

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