Excerpt: Expendables gave us action stars recouping their prime, two films (so far) of warranted gun blaring idiocy with ingrained fan service. This morphed Fast franchise is a modern spin on Expendables , blending names like Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and Paul Walker. Only now we’re progressive, with an embedding of female fight stars including Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Carano.
Conclusion: This sixth entry in the Fast and the Furious series rekindles the joyous energy and camaraderie of previous films, with cast members Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Dwayne Johnson all returning for this blockbuster outing. The crew goes to London to track an international criminal in hopes of earning their freedom, and the action is over-the-top exciting.
Conclusion: Fast & Furious has somehow managed to ward off staleness and increase in popularity over the years. Having avoided the franchise until now, I found this successful sixth installment to be a competently produced albeit dramatically unremarkable action movie. There's clearly an audience for this series, but I doubt I'd be part of it if I wasn't reviewing movies for a living.
Excerpt: The Film "Let's go for a little ride." One of the Fast & Furious franchise's most consistent stars, Paul Walker, passed away last week at the age of 40. The hunky California-bred actor died in a car accident, which is pretty ironic, given that he's best known for this high-octane film series. In the days since his death, tons of people have popped up to tell stories about an actor who seems to be the complete opposite of his on-screen characters.
Summary: Fans of the 'Fast and Furious' franchise who were eagerly awaiting the Blu-ray release of 'Fast & Furious 6' had their enthusiasm dampened when news broke that franchise star Paul Walker had died in fiery car accident. Subsequently, Universal has announced that "a percentage of proceeds from the upcoming home entertainment release of 'Fast & Furious 6' will be donated to Paul Walker’s non-profit, Reach Out WorldWide, a network of professionals with first responder...
Excerpt: I doubt many people who saw the original The Fast and the Furious back in 2001 would’ve thought it’d still be going strong after some 13 years. There’s even a 7 th film in the works. To say that the original is a guilty pleasure is a bit of an understatement. The writing was hardly existent, the acting was nothing to write home about and the plot was paper-thin.
Conclusion: It's impossible to watch Fast & Furious 6 without seeing it in a completely different light. It's always strange to watch a film after an actor has died, particularly in cases like this in which circumstances surrounding that death are similar to events depicted on screen. Still, Walker helped make the Fast & Furious franchise the success that it is.
Excerpt: Though it's constantly insinuated and alluded to, death comes to no one in the world of Fast & Furious —that is, unless someone is heedlessly evil or, well, European. Serious injuries are shrugged off, as the innumerable neck braces and casts would put a damper on the awesomeness at hand. Characters are constantly reincarnated and reintroduced with only a modicum of fanfare and even less logic, and to a degree, this is the entire point.