The crew has been hiding since their last job. Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) convinces Dom (Vin Diesel) to help him stop a criminal ring using highly skilled, deadly drivers. The potential that Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) may still be alive and being held by the syndicate is what finally draws Dom in. Dom agrees on the condition that he gets to choose his team. Of course, he reunites everyone from the franchise (Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Sung Kang, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges).
The crime ring, led by Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) has specially designed cars that are virtually unstoppable. If Dom and the team can stop Shaw, who is somehow always a step ahead of them, they may be able to save Letty and get full pardons for everyone.
Don’t expect expert acting skills. This is a Fast and Furious movie, after all. What you should expect is a lot of driving. A lot of action. And, most of all, a lot of driving. It is what the franchise does better than any other driving franchise.
As far as Fast and Furious movies go (to be honest, I haven’t seen all of them), this is as good as any of its predecessors. The concept of the movie is a bit of a stretch. If you’re watching these movies, you’re not looking for super realistic plots. You’re looking for a fun, fast-paced, action movie. That’s exactly what you get.
The comedy seems to be dialed down a bit from some of the earlier films. I think they are trying to take themselves more seriously. After 6 films, you either have to retire or mature. The cast has the same chemistry they’ve always had. You could see them as buddies hanging out, doing car related things and stealing stuff. They work and play well together. Even if some of the things they work and play with are not exactly in line with reality. It’s ok. Again, that’s not why you’re here.
The film takes a slightly different tone than when it was originally released due to Paul Walker’s death. His scenes seem just a bit more sober. It doesn’t take away from the movie, it’s just there in the back of your mind.
I’m curious what they will with the next episode to deal with the loss of Walker. (Watch to the end of the credits to see the set up for Fast and Furious 7.)
If you’re into Fast & Furious, I have no doubt will see this movie, if you haven’t already. If you have not yet exposed yourself to the series, you will want to catch up on at least a few of the earlier movies, otherwise you will be completely lost. Don’t worry, I not trying to suck you into watching an entire terrible franchise, like was done to me with the Twilight Saga. This one is at least entertaining.