Sometimes a good movie can be ruined by a crappy ending and other times an okay movie can be saved by a great ending. Fast and Furious 6 fits into the latter. While being an overall fun, if not ridiculous and predictable movie, the fantastic turn of events during the end credits can’t help but make me think that Justin Lin may very well be a genius mastermind.

Fast and Furious 6

Director:
Justin Lin
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Elsa Pataky, Gina Carano, Gal Gadot, Luke Evans, Sung Kang

Premise: After stealing $100 million dollars from the cartel in Fast Five, Dom and the gang have scattered across the globe trying to find places to settle down or live out their lives. Hobbs (Johnson), on the other hand, has been hunting mercenary drivers who’ve been committing heinous crimes throughout the city. He realizes the only way to catch criminals is with the best criminals he knows. With a new baby in the family Dom and Brian are reluctant return to a life they vowed to leave, that is until they realize Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is still alive and one of the mercenaries Hobbs is trying to track down.

My Review: Fast cars, girls in questionable and unexplainably skimpy clothes, ethnically questionable bald men, outrageous stunts, and Paul Walkers baby blues, Fast and Furious is the same as ever. With every beat, the movie tries to outdo itself with one unbelievable stunt after another. And while upon first glance it’s hard to differentiate the difference between this movie and the other movies in the franchise, it’s not until the ending we exactly how creative this movie really is.

You can’t take the Faster and Furious movies seriously, especially if one time or another they called themselves “2 Fast 2 Furious.” But that is the genius of the movies. You’re supposed to just sit back, relax, turn off your brain, and enjoy the pretty colors, shiny objects and loud noises. It’s escapism at its finest. There’s no deeper meaning, no complicated dreams within dreams, there’s just hot men and hot women, leaping, exploding, maneuvering, shooting, shiny shiny toys. I had a blast, even if there were some laugh-out-loud ridiculous moments. And I mean RIDICULOUS.

And in the end, the end came the moment that makes me believe director Justin Lin is a genius. The moment where I actually gasped. It was a moment where the entire franchise came together. (Okay, so I needed a little help getting there.) But seriously. Genius. It saved the movie from being just okay, to being clever and actually pretty good. See Hollywood? Mediocre movies can be saved by super cool endings!!

Rating: 3 Stars

 

 

 

 

WARNING!! SPOILERS BELOW!! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE MOVIE YET.

 

SPOILERS!! SPOILERS!!

 

SPOILERS!!

 

Now…let’s talk about THAT ending.

 

SO it turns out Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift does have a purpose! It turns out movies 4,5, and 6, are prequels to the spinoff that was Tokyo Drift, and a it all comes full circle at the end of this movie.

Now when I first saw the ending this was my thought process: “Oh good, Han made it to Tokyo…oh no, he crashed his car, that’s sad, his girlfriend died, now he’s injured…hey, that’s Jason Statham…Is this movie going to be the rival movie to The Expendables?…Oh no he killed Han, that Bastard!”…Okay, so maybe my thoughts weren’t exactly that composed and hilarious and probably went more like “…cars…crash…Jason Statham?…Aww, the only asian guy is dead.”

But anyway, Entertainment Weekly exposed that this scene was directly from Tokyo Drift, where Han did indeed die. He was hardened after the death of Giselle and at the end a Mercedes hit him and killed him. While in FFTD it came off as an accident, Jason Statham, the Transporter himself, was the culprit. Thus injecting his character as the new villain for the next Fast and Furious Trilogy: 7, 8, 9. How old will these guys be then?

Speaking of which, random thought, anyone feeling nostalgic from the title sequence with a young Paul Walker? Only makes him look all the much older (yet still good looking).

Other Random Thoughts: (Yes More Spoiler Alerts!!)

  • If a man and woman were to collide at the rate and speed that Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez did, wouldn’t they implode? RIDICULOUS!
  • Is Giselle really dead? Even though I knew she was doomed from the MINUTE she agreed to settle down with Han.
  • I was genuinely faked out by the first “ending.” I was thinking…that ending was kinda anticlimactic, totally forgetting about the plane sequence from the trailer. But that’s what I love about movies, you don’t know when they are going to end. With TV shows you always have the DVR to tell you when your hour long show is about to be over.
  • I understand Dom choosing Letty over Elena, but I was curious to see how that conversation was going to go. Instead we got the cop-out ending.
  • Sorry Gina Carano, but you STILL can’t act. Why couldn’t her lines be dubbed in this movie as well? Also, didn’t see her twist in the movie coming, well played JL, even if it didn’t make sense.
  • On a similar note, I loved how they played her fighting sequences with Michelle Rodriguez, first with Carano being “good” and Rodriguez being “bad”, then reversing the roles. Pretty creative.
  • Anyone else notice all the females look incredibly similar? Jordana Brewster, Gina Carano, Gal Gadot, Elsa Pataky?

 

 

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