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Fast & Furious 6 (Justin Lin, 2013)

May 16, 2013

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Fast & Furious 5 (aka Fast Five) abandoned virtually any semblance of its series’ street racing routes, retooling the blockbuster franchise into an ensemble vehicular heist thriller; a brawny blend of Ocean’s Eleven and Bad Boys, albeit with less incoherent editing than a Michael Bay feature. The film’s ludicrous final half hour, involving a city-demolishing bank vault and every police car in Rio, was a legitimately thrilling example of big, loud and stupid spectacle; the only problem was that the preceding 90 minutes were a monotonous slog of miserable, repeated attempts at pathos and wallowing in series mythology. Though a few examples remain, much of the tedious fat has been significantly trimmed for Fast & Furious 6, and the fun absurdity of the prior film’s finale is spread far more evenly across the whole feature this time round…

Full review for The Skinny here

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