Usually when a good franchise has gone past its third instalment, future episodes can become hammy, underwritten or just plain old boring, relying on brand popularity to get them by. But in the case of the F&F series the producers have gone full throttle with the sixth outing, bringing back our favourite road warriors who have become more attuned to the ways of Mad Max than Days of Thunder. If you were impressed with F5: Rio Heist, which introduced a combat element to the driving and even more clever tactics than in what we witnessed in 2 Fast 2 Furious, then your mind is about to be blown – I kid you not.
The choreography in the chase sequences had me having flashbacks of the last space battle in Return of the Jedi and every car sequence is an original, yes they employed seen before techniques for stunts, but the choreography and the delivery has never been seen on film that’s for damn sure.
"F6 has the most complex story in the series, the best action sequences and a nice upgrade in villain too".
In F&F6 Dwayne The Rock Johnson returns as Luke Hobbs with some newbie cast members in toe, most notably MMA exponent Gina Carano (Haywire) and Joe Taslim (The Raid). Because of these new additions, you can see that the hand-to-hand combat element has also had a serious upgrade and everyone is getting in on the fisticuff action.
Though you do sometimes catch the cast acting and there is a slight annoyance to why every character in Dom’s crew is now an expert in weapons and hand-to-hand combat, F6 has the most complex story in the series, the best action sequences and a nice upgrade in villain too. I look forward to F7, which technically begins at the end of this film, but also at the ‘near end’ of Tokyo Drift…Also, don’t tune out when the credits start rolling for the tantalising twist and then re-watch Tokyo Drift!