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Fast & Furious 6

Dom (Vin Diesel) and his team of drivers get a shot at pardoning their criminal records when they are asked by Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to help capture another gang of outlaws led by Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: D 0.5
Violence: D+
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 130
Theater Release: 24 May 2013
Video Release: 10 Dec 2013
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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The future of the Fast & Furious franchise hangs in the balance after the death of Paul Walker, who ironically was killed in a high-speed car crash on November 30, 2013. Before this tragedy, the movies have enjoyed huge profits (Fast and Furious for instance, raked in over $350 million world wide in 2009).

Sticking with a tried-and-true formula of fast cars and scantily clad women, this sixth adventure fudges the series’ time frame in order to bring back characters already killed off in previous films.

In the meantime, this script rounds out this cast of fast-driving, law-breakers to make them even more appealing to audiences. A healthy dose of humor, plenty of buddy moments and a new baby all do their part to take the edge off these characters who are living in exotic locations around the globe while enjoying the fruits of their last million dollar heist. The only hitch is they have to stay in countries without extradition laws that would send them back to the US to face charges.

However their life on the lam promises to come to an end when Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) gets an unexpected visit from Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Hobbs is closing in on Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), a ruthless thief who specializes in vehicular warfare. He plans to steal a military computer chip that will sell for bazillions of dollars on the black market. As is often the case in movies, the only people Hobbs can rely on to get Shaw in cuffs is Dom and his team of fellow felons (Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot and Ludacris).

While there is less street racing merely for the pleasure of putting pedestrians and property at risk of death or destruction, the film still includes a plethora of car chases, explosive crashes, bullets and bikinis—and that’s just in the opening credits. Weapons, savage fistfights, extensive property damage and a military tank driven over droves of innocent commuters rev up the violence levels as well. The brutal hand-to-hand combat gives Dwayne Johnson plenty of opportunity to reenact his days in the WWE where he took to the ring with other brawny, thick-necked competitors.

But while the morals in this script are all wrong, the film unfortunately does a brilliant job of selling irresponsibility and high-octane action. Although the dialogue often lacks any substance, the movie’s pacing and spectacular stunts will keep audiences engaged—even if the laws of physics and common sense are completely ignored for the sake of the story.

In the end these criminals name their price for their part in preserving the American dream, which in this case seems to be the right to recklessly drive fast cars, steal exorbitant amounts of money and hold the law-abiding public hostage with their demands. And they do it all in the name of family. Any parent, with or without street smarts, will want to steer their children clear of these delinquent drivers.

Fast & Furious 6 is rated PG-13: for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language.

Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez
Studio: 2013 Universal Pictures
Website: Official site for Fast & Furious 6.

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