|Brian o'Conner, protagonist of the series|
In a nutshell, the movie deals with how Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of wanted street racers take out a rogue British Special Forces soldier, Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), being hired for the task by Diplomatic Security Service agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in exchange for their acquittal, as well as valuable information regarding Toretto’s former love interest, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), who was earlier presumed dead. Brian o’Conner (Paul Walker), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), Han Lue (Sung Kang), Gisele Harabo (Gal Gadot) and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) reunite with Dominic to spread some vehicular mayhem in this grand sequel. In spite of having quite the cliché action flick plot, if you look at the series as a whole after watching the sixth part, the gradual transition from street racing to drug cartels and bank robberies and now international criminals isn’t really that badly constructed. It simply can’t be helped, however, if you are one who seeks some sort of fanciful enlightenment from an awe-inspiring tale that speaks to your soul. There are movies like this one that have a simpler sort of appeal to them, and aren’t quite entirely stupid.
|Roman (Tyrese) gettin' some air|
Among the many outrageous stunts performed in the movie, the one which has a love-stricken Toretto flying high, right out of his crashed Charger, to catch a forsaken, and rather bewildered Letty mid-air as the tank she’d helped steal is towed away to a watery grave, successfully touches intricately crafted cheesiness of the highest order. Thankfully enough, there isn’t any other scene which would make you scorn your very existence and fuel the urge to pluck your eyeballs out. Apart from that, one of the other flaws to be noted was the complete lack of reluctance on the crew’s part in flying down to meet Toretto when Hobbs first put the task in front of him, which I felt added some slight character inconsistency. I mean, they’re not a bunch of crime fighters who’d say “do or die” without a second thought. Especially not Roman. Another point to question is, why would Fenix (the scary looking guy in the flashback) hesitate in the least to shoot Letty? I always thought of him as a cold, merciless buffoon. In addition, obsessive gearheads might say it lacked tech-talk and a general street racing appeal, but in my opinion, it had just about as much of that as the first few movies. There isn’t much of anything else to slander this movie with. If you’re really intent on stating that the laws of physics were being inconsiderately mocked at every step, you should probably go film someone playing around with a driving simulator. As far as I’m concerned, they did a great job with the action sequences throughout, leaving out Toretto’s Astro Boy moment.
|Dominic Toretto - unarguably one of the biggest badasses in cinema|