There are very few franchises that have managed to get anywhere near six movies. Somehow The Fast and The Furious just manages to keep on going and with a decent a fourth instalment and an even better fifth it’s actually managed to keep me interested as well. This time round we have all the big names from Fast Five returning with the reinstating of Michelle Rodriguez as Letty on top making the cast one of the biggest ensembles ever. This time round Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew of criminal drivers with powers equal to that of Superman end up working alongside Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s cop, Hobbs, in order to get Letty back from an evil gang who have taken advantage of her. The story really is not important as I’m sure you could guess.
Fast Five was by far the best in the series so far with a ridiculous, but fun story that’s pace was enough to make you forget how completely stupid it was. The action was on a bigger scale than any of the movies before it and the relationship shared between Diesel and Johnson was played just at the right level to be 100% comedic. This gave number six every possibility of being even better. Unfortunately it’s not quite there. The action is easily the best the series has had so far and the last twenty minutes to half an hour of the movie are truly fantastic with tanks, planes and Vin Diesel emerging from deadly explosions unscathed. Despite the excellent final act the middle section of the movie is so bad it’s a real chore to get through, clunky dialogue, unfunny jokes and poor acting has always been a trait of the franchise but Fast and Furious 6 is one of the worst and there is little to no relief from this relentless shit for the majority of the film. What five did well was splitting up the boring bits with exciting ones but six fails in doing so. A further annoying point is that all the best bits of the movie are in the trailer bar one or two, meaning you spend the whole film waiting to see something you already have seen hundred times in the countless tv spots and cinema promos.
It’s still a decent amount of fun but at a much lower success rate by it’s far superior predecessor. An excellent third act and teasing post-credits set up for number seven, though, stop Fast and Furious 6 from falling completely flat on it’s face.