FAST AND FURIOUS 6
Saving Family at Action-Packed Costs
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker,
Jordana Brewster, Dwayne
Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez,
Luke Evans, Christopher
“Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese
Gibson, Sung Kang
Audience: Family at Action-Packed Costs
Runtime: 130 minutes
Distributor: Universal Pictures/Comcast
Director: Justin Lim
Executive Producer: Justin Lin, Amanda Lewis,
Samantha Vincent, Chris Morgan
Producer: Neil; H. Moritz, Vin Diesel,
Writer: Chris Morgan
Address Comments To:Brian L. Roberts, Chairman/CEO/President, Comcast Corp.
Stephen Burke, CEO, NBC Universal (a subsidiary of Comcast)
Ron Meyer, President/COO, Universal Studios
Adam Fogelson, Chairman, Universal Pictures
100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608-1085
Phone: (818) 777-1000
Web Page: www.universalstudios.com
The story opens with best friends Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) living next to each other on an island off the Spanish coast to avoid extradition to the United States. They and their gang are also newly wealthy, having shared in a $100 million heist of some crooked Brazilian money in FAST FIVE, the prior movie.
Hobbs, the federal agent who at first chased and then worked with them in FAST FIVE, tracks them down and reveals that Toretto’s wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), thought to be killed, is in fact alive and engaged in criminal activities with a ruthless cyberterrorist gang. Toretto agrees to round up his gang and prevent the terrorists from taking control of a high-tech device that can wipe out the power of cities, in exchange for a full pardon of everyone. Dom also wants to save his wife, Letty, who’s suffering from amnesia.
This begins an amazing series of action setpieces, mixed in with richly drawn characters and an impressive moral dimension to the high stakes. As they chase the bad guy’s gang around Europe, all manner of hand-to-hand combat, car chases and ridiculously over the top action – including scenes with a tank on a freeway and a plane weighed down by cars – ensues. Throughout, it’s made clear that the heroic gang lives by a code of honor and ethics, that while not perfectly moral or Christian, is nonetheless strong. Part of that code contains a strong moral center of both loyalty and a positive reinforcement of family. For example, in the first scene, Dom’s friend and brother-in-law, Brian, is ushered by exuberant nuns into his own wife’s maternity room as she’s just delivered their new baby boy. Also, Dom refuses to give up hope that he can find and re-win the heart of Letty, making her leave the villainous gang. At one point, he tells Brian, “You never give up on family, even if they give up on you.”
Thus, by the end of the movie, home, family and prayer are lifted up. Before a brief setup for the next movie, FAST & FURIOUS 6 ends with a prayer of thanksgiving to God as the pardoned heroes gather for a celebratory barbecue back in Los Angeles. Finally, during the movie, a Christian cross that Letty used to wear becomes a symbol of her connection to her husband, and her real family.
That said, FAST & FURIOUS 6 contains plenty of PG-13 foul language, including one “f” word and several strong profanities. There’s also some pretty reckless driving on display, as well as some shots of bikini-clad women on an island and some light sexual innuendo. Thus, MOVIEGDUIDE® advises strong or extreme caution. Toning down the foul language, or even getting rid of it completely, could have greatly helped this movie.
Like its immediate predecessor, FAST & FURIOUS 6 has a series of action-packed, exciting setpieces. Even better, by the end of the movie, the filmmakers have lifted up family, home, loyalty, protecting people, sacrifice, and even prayer. There is some corny dialogue and unbelievable stunts, however. The bigger problem, though, is some strong foul language and brief innuendo. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for FAST & FURIOUS 6.