Speeding to the top of the box office this Memorial Day weekend, the sixth installment of the “Fast & the Furious” series is so full of adrenaline you will almost forget that there is no sense to the action. Released on May 24, “Fast & Furious 6” won’t disappoint fans of the series.
A criminal ring led by Shaw (Luke Evans) is after pieces to build some random device of terrorism (it’s not significant to the plot) and leave a wake of destruction across the world. Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) is after them with his new assistant Riley (Gina Carano) but realizes he needs more help. He convinces Dom (Vin Diesel) to bring his team (Paul Walker, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson, Gal Gadot, Sung Kang) to take down Shaw and find Dom’s former girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), who was supposedly dead.
For anyone that has never seen any of the series, you can skip all of them and still understand “Fast & Furious 6.” Though the plot is incredibly weak, the writers smartly toss in just enough background on the characters to explain their roles on the team and history. The opening credits even play a highlight reel of the earlier films to showcase a timeline.
“Fast & Furious 6” is almost the ideal action movie for the masses, minus the fact that its story is truly awful. After five movies, the car action sequences need to up the ante, so they add a tank. With the inclusion of MMA star Gina Carano and Judo champion Johannes Taslim as a villain, a couple of the fight scenes are pretty awesome. There is also an appropriate amount of humor dabbled in, especially between Gibson and Ludacris.
Director Justin Lin has done exactly what he’s supposed to do for a blockbuster action movie. These days, very few audiences seem to care about a smart action film, so most people probably won’t care about the ridiculousness, especially that the supposedly mastermind criminal gets caught up in an unnecessary, mindless indulgence of aggression and malice in order to put the tank to good use. “Fast & Furious 6” is purely a popcorn action flick. And stick around for the end credits to see a teaser scene that makes a sequel obvious.
Rating for “Fast & Furious 6:” C+
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“Fast & Furious 6” is playing at all major theaters in Columbus, including Marcus Crosswoods and Pickerington along with AMC Grove City, Lennox, Easton, and Dublin, but show up early because it’s selling out. For showtimes, click here.