Furious 6, the sixth installment of the Fast and Furious franchise, does what The Lone Ranger refused to do: it creates heroes who unironically stand for the right thing, all the time. It also proves that a such a moral-driven movie can still be a lot of fun. Albeit by ditching reality for a ton of big action.
The plot doesn’t make a lot of sense. But there are a ton of cars.
For no real reason, Dominic and his friends have risen from small-time criminals to the sort of person that an ace DSS agent turns to for help in catching an international terrorist. He does so. They help him, in hopes of reconnected with Dom’s long-time, presumed dead girlfriend and of getting full pardons for their considerable crimes. A ton of action scenes held together purely through character moments and a terrible plot ensues.
A plot point involving Paul Walker being sent to prison under a fake name, in order to get information from another criminal about Shaw, the guy they’re after, makes very little sense, and serves no plot purpose. It’s basically done in order to connect to the past films: Walker meets his buddy from the first film, and then is threatened by the villain from the fourth film.
Gina Carano still needs to learn how to act. She also served very little purpose, probably because the editors realized her acting was so bad that they needed to trim all her lines. She gets like a dozen in the whole film. It’s sad, as she’s possibly the best fighter in the entire film: her subway battle with Michelle Rodriguez was a highlight.
Plenty of humor came organically out of the film, both when it was trying to be funny and when it wasn’t, but the situation was so fun and ridiculous that it became funny. But when the film tried to create it’s own, purely humorous moments, it fell flat. There’s a scene where Ludachris and the Rock humiliate a British guy who was rude to them by forcing him to take off his shirt and pants. It really wasn’t funny.
The focus on family was a little strong: it was harped on every 20 minutes that they all stuck together because family never leaves anyone behind. Still, it’s refreshing to see a film to blatantly sentimental. It works throughout the film: at the climax, I still felt that the stakes were high, despite all the past carnage, because the family was being threatened.
As long as you don’t mind valuing fun, moderately moral adventure over logic, this is a fun film. They have a post-credits scene teasing a seventh, but it remains to be seen if they can actually top themselves with it.