There are some movies that I enjoy simply because they’re dumb fun. Sometimes, I like to watch giant robots pummel each other, while skipping all the crappy dialogue. Sometimes, I like to watch high speed car chases and over the top brawls. Sometimes. Fast & Furious 6, sadly, wasn’t really one of those times. It was decent, and it was fun, but there comes a point where the lack of fact checking really got on my nerves.
Parts of it, I did enjoy though. The dynamic between the lead cast is strong, even if most of them have little talent at acting. Dwayne Johnson is actually the only member of the cast that’s downright horrible in this movie, so that’s a good thing. There’s also not a ton of cheesy dialogue, which, again, is a win for the movie. And, of course, I enjoy the action scenes and the stunts, which are done extraordinarily well.
I even find the plot, such at is, decent. It picks up after Fast 5, and everyone seems to be living happily ever after until Hobbes shows up with some news about Letty, Dom’s old girlfriend that everyone that was dead. Turns out she’s actually an insomniac that was picked up by another criminal and is now about of that gang. The movie sets itself up as a redemption movie, but’s really not that. It’s more about taking out these new criminals that want to build a doomsday weapon and sell it to the highest bidder. Sure, it’s formulaic, but it is pretty exhilarating.
But the movie’s biggest flaw comes in an area that many movies have far too much of. You know how a lot of people will complain about too much exposition in a movie? Well I’m going to do the exact opposite right now, because Fast & Furious 6 didn’t really bother to tell us what was going on half the time, and, in many instances, there were things that just didn’t make a lot of sense.
First of all, there’s the big scene in the NATO base in Spain. First of all, there isn’t a NATO base in Spain. Actually, there really aren’t all that many NATO bases anywhere, so, right off the bat, that annoyed me. Second, letting the villain, Shaw, just leave doesn’t make sense. Really, in a room filled with NATO guards, they could have just taken him off the table. I mean, Hobbes couldn’t have had his weapon on the guy the whole time, and then they could have just taken him down. I get Dom’s whole family thing, and I like that, I just felt that it got in the way of the storytelling here.
Second, INTERPOL’s headquarters isn’t in London. It’s in Sweden, so the whole attack on the INTERPOL headquarters that apparently moved to London didn’t make a lot of sense. Nor does having INTERPOL send every single one of it’s agents to capture one guy, presumably leaving no one guarding their non existent London HQ. Yeah, great job guys. Leave all of the actual policing to the international criminals, a special agent who beats up prisoners, and his partner who may or may not be a traitor.
Third, more about the fake NATO base. That get away plane could have easily been shot down. NATO has fighter jets, so, once you get over the fact that there isn’t a base there, it still makes no sense that Dom and his team had to go after them. It was a cool action set piece, and provided some (sort of) emotional moments, but it all seemed kind of redundant. Even the major character death in this scene feels sort of half hearted, and it’s really overshadowed at the end.
Basically, they all act like it never happened, so there’s that. That’s especially unbelievable after they turned on NATO because of their ‘family’. Yeah, great job guys. Anyways, it’s just a movie that you’re not supposed to think about. It doesn’t really have a deeper message, and it’s not a very intellectual movie. It’s got great effects and action, as well as a decent dynamic between the lead cast, but I just walked out disappointed.
It’s dumb fun, but, on many occasions, I simply don’t understand dumb fun movies, aside from occasionally re-watching the action scenes on YouTube or something. I like intellectual movies, and Fast & Furious 6 simply wasn’t one of those. I guess it’s just not for me, in many respects.