Fast & Furious 6
In Fast 5 Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his friends has to take on agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) as well as a Brazilian drug lord. That Hobbs doesn’t like people who get kids addicted ended up nicely for Teretto and towards the end of the movie the two hadn’t become friends, but they did have some sort of Mutual respect. And that Mutual respect is something Hobbs can use very well now in Fast & Furious 6.
While Toretto and the rest are enjoying the money they “earned” in the previous episode, Hobbs is tracking a gang of mercenaries who are stealing several military parts all over the world in order to make a “Nightshade” device which offers the possibility to shut down all electricity in a region. After several failed attempts to get the mercs, under the lead of a former Special Forces soldier called Owen Shaw, Hobbs decides to call in the help of the only people he knows who are good enough behind the wheels of a vehicle to stop Shaw. Toretto of course isn’t interested at first, but when he hears his former love Letty Ortiz, who was presumed dead, is working with Shaw, he decides to help Hobbs after all. Added bonus if they succeed in their mission: full pardon for all and the possibility to return home…
Fast & Furious has to be taken for what it is; a spectacle with muscular men, sensual women, and most of all roaring engines in fast cars. Don’t expect heavy dialogues of top quality acting, but if the story moves forward nicely and we don’t get to swallow all too philosophical mumbo-jumbo (as in Tokyo Drift) we’re quickly pleased. And that’s the case with this sixth movie in the series. Fun stunts, no unnecessary delays in progress, good action and everything put on the screen nicely so you can enjoy fully with the brain turned to zero.
Fast & Furious is a superficial nobody but does shine in its goal and succeeds also to put a nice ending to the entire F&F saga. The big question now, however, is whether something decent can be made of the announced Fast & Furious 7. It wouldn’t be the first time we get to see a lesser movie but after the ending of this one where we return to the beginning, a seventh part could very easily become the “one too many”.
As often the case with this kind of blockbuster action movies there’s no savings on the Blu-ray release and this immediately gets noticed in the image and sound quality which can easily be called reference material. Skin textures, contrast, sharpness, depth, … it all looks great and there are no annoyances to be found. The sound is of equal quality with a lot and good use of the surround channels while the basses of the techno tracks and roaring V8 engines tremble through the living room thanks to the ever-active subwoofer.
The “Extended Action Packed Edition” Blu-ray contains over 50 minutes of bonus material as you can read on the cover and this includes of course deleted scenes and an audio commentary track, but next to that also a Making Of that consists of four parts and goes on for almost half an hour. There’s also a 20 minute “Take Control” which seems to be some sort of mini-video-commentary and should have been added as a Picture-in-Picture feature, and a 10 minute feature on certain combat scenes. In “Planes, Tanks, and Automobiles” we get more infor on 4 important stunts (25 minutes in total), and “It’s All About the Cars” speaks for itself; background info on the cars chosen for this film, and this in three parts ranging from 3 to 6 minutes each.