Whether this is actually a film or not is up to you. In my mind, it’s more an algorithm of Nuts magazine, an episode of a particularly destructive Top Gear and an ultra-hard gym.
Now in its sixth instalment, the Fast and Furious series, which started with a moderately well composed supercar-come gangster flick, has now evolved into nothing more than a crazed 15-year-old’s concoction. It’s absolute mayhem and, actually, it’s quite entertaining.
I’m certainly not a fan of Nuts, nor am I all that fond of top gear or gyms filled with meat heads, but from the safety of my sofa I don’t mind watching a collection of supercharged alpha males charge around the West End and Spain trying to sort things out.
After settling down following a successful heist in the last revved up film, the group of petrol heads now find themselves brought back into play after a crazed former Special Forces soldier gets rather unsavoury.
It’s up to Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to pull the old guard together with some bribery and persuasion to stop the soldier from wreaking even more havoc. His primary man is of course Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), who finds himself with no other choice.
In this lengthy, fuelled and ultimately brainless epic (its 130 minutes long), the standard form appears to be simply speed, girls and criminals so revered that the highest authorities can only work with them, rather than against, in defeating the true ‘bad guy’.
The car crashes, immature quips and sleek moves are well moulded and will attract a host of followers. On one level, it’s a very well executed sixth edition; on the other, it’s ridiculous and should never be watched.
I suppose it’s relatively Marmite in composition. There’s really nothing wrong with it. But there’s really nothing to it, either. That said, I reiterate, it’s quite entertaining really.
Director: Justin Lin
Produced by: Neal H. Moritz; Vin Diesel; Clayton Townsend
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Sung Kang, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, John Ortiz
Release: May 2013
Running time: 130 minutes
- Joshua Barrie
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