Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fast & Furious 6

Often times fast-paced, explosion-addled action flicks have little to offer in the way of filmic integrity. Fast & Furious 6 is no different. ★★★

I read an apt description of FF6 in which someone dubbed it IQ-less. To a certain extent, this is true. The sixth installment of the franchise has little in the way of superb acting, steadied story development, or even much of a story for that matter. But the crew is back in action in an action film that does what it's supposed to do, and does it exceedingly well, with a dash of astute sociopolitics--surprising, right?

I must say briefly say that the sixth Fast & Furious caught me off guard as it attempts, and (for the most part) succeeds in tackling gender inequalities, with Michelle Rodriguez's character portrayed as a strong woman, not always in need of rescue, who has big guns and knows how to drive and fix cars as well as the guys. Even race is handled with finesse, as is one particular scene in which a very effeminate man whose orientation would have been ridiculed in any other film, but instead he is chastised for his comical searing criticisms, the characters paying no mind to his alluded homosexuality.

And amid the explosions, corny humor, and less-than-enticing "we are family" motif, there is a moral center--though it is brief, it is still a welcome surprise.

Whenever a good-intentioned, well-choreographed, and fully visualized action film (in the veins of Speed, Die Hard, or any Will Smith blockbuster) comes to the screen, it is always worth checking out, if not for the sake of checking out of your workaday reality. Fast & Furious 6 is this summer's entry into the adrenaline pantheon.

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