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.
Excerpt: I'm just going to go ahead and commandeer this spot for a brief hat-tip to Paul Walker. I've always liked the guy. What he may have lacked in acting chops and technique, he made up for in earnestness. In his films, he always struck me as genuine and as obituaries spill out following his death, he apparently lived his off-screen life in similar fashion.
Conclusion: While the story is as simple and lightweight as the characters, nothing delivered better action than 'Fast & Furious 6', due in large part to the practical work of the stunt team. If you like fists, bodies, and cars fly though the air, this is the movie for you. The Blu-ray allows you to simulate the theatrical experience with its great video and reference audio. Highly recommended.
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.
Summary: Fast & Furious 6 , the latest installment in the wildly popular Fast and the Furious franchise, arrives on Blu-ray on a far more somber and sobering note than its predecessors. Series star Paul Walker was killed this past weekend in a single- car accident that also claimed the life of the vehicle's driver, Always Evolving owner Roger Rodas.