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May 28, 2013

REVIEW: Fast and Furious 6

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Despite small touches like this, in which the franchise has been turned into a high-octane soap opera, the real reason to watch is the action, which this movie has in excess. 
“Fast & Furious 6”  more than delivers its share of spectacular death-, gravity-, and (quite frankly) logic-defying stunt sequences, including a centerpiece on a bridge which builds to a marvelously unlikely climax, and a finale involving a giant airplane, a lot of cars, and the world’s longest runway. 
The fact that so much of the action ranges from the implausible to the literally impossible hardly matters here, as the movie is presented with so much energy and ernest commitment, and even without shaky cameras or chaotic editing. While these aren’t exactly my kind of films, clearly they’ve caught on with audiences, and who doesn’t enjoy a little over-the-top action every so often?
Given this, it would help if the vehicular shenanigans weren’t so spread out over the course of the movie’s 120 or so minutes. 
I suppose it does help to be emotionally invested in the characters (two-dimensional as most of them are), but outside of anything pertaining to car chases, crashes or similarly high-octane action, the rest of the movie comes off as filler, clocking time until the next big action scene. 
For what it is, “Fast & Furious 6” is enjoyable, shiny brain candy — not exactly a bad movie, but hardly one to get too excited about. It’s fairly harmless fun, but fun that’s as quickly forgotten as it is consumed. — forgotten at least, until they start showing trailers for “Fast & Furious 7.”
“Fast & Furious 6” is rated PG-13 for moderate profanity (including one F-bomb), lots and lots and lots of action violence and gratuitous pectoral muscles. “Fast & Furious 6” is showing in Claremore at the Claremore Cinema 8. For a complete listing of showtimes, contact CC8 at (918) 342-2422.

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