REVIEW: Fast & Furious 6 Is A Mindless Joyride

Fast & Furious 6 is all about the drag races, chases, throttle, horsepower and need for speed.

Dom Torreto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) are back, behind the wheels of their turbo-powered, souped up, mean driving machines. And with them is their band of merry followers. With Roman (Tyrese Gibon), Han (Sung Kang), Gisele (Gal Gadot) and Tej (Ludacris), that’s six millionaire con artists reunited under directions from Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a special forces leader who needs the help of the fast and furious to track down another team of mercenary drivers, led by Shaw (Luke Evans).

In order to get Dom and his team out of “retirement”, Hobbs makes an offer neither Dom nor Brian can refuse. It’s all they need to strap themselves behind the wheel and wreak havoc on the streets of London. But Shaw is always one step ahead of them in his mission to steal a priceless piece of tech.

If you have seen any of the earlier Fast and Furious films you know that the story is irrelevant. It’s all about the drag races, chases, throttle, horsepower and need for speed. There are also plenty of smart one-liners and cheesy comebacks, which we expect from a film in his genre.

However, with part 6, director Justin Lin and writer Chris Morgan try to weave in emotion. Big mistake. This layer simply puts the brakes on what should be a mindless joy ride. Add to this an unbelievably stupid and protracted climax with an airplane taxiing on a runway, which is as long as the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, and you let out a soft groan as you see the teaser for Fast & Furious 7 unspool.

Rating: **1/2

Udita Jhunjhunwala

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