Furious 6 rumbles into town

Fast-Furious-6-Posters-Trailers-ClipsWho’d a thought, 12 years ago, when Vin Diesel and his gang of gearheads raced into movie theatres, that there would be five sequels to The Fast and the Furious?

It’s become a family affair, this Furious franchise, and so it was appropriate to take in the latest installment of Vin Diesel & Co.’s adventures with my own family members. Since entering their golden years, these particular family members seize upon every opportunity to cash in on their senior status. Especially at the movies. Especially when treating. And who am I to protest? It’s all part of the fun. And so the three of us “seniors” strapped ourselves into the IMAX for a movie targeted at a 15-year-old demographic. imgres

Although the Furious films are no longer just about street racing, cars are still front and centre, throbbing and rumbling across the screen. In fact, everything and everyone snarls, roars and thrashes about, with various ear-splitting and eye-popping brawls and stunts. But the cars, oh, the cars. There’s a gorgeous grey Jensen Interceptor, a 1969 flame-red Dodge Daytona and a 1970 Ford Escort Rallye – not popular Stateside, but beloved by the British. Since much of the film takes place in England, that’s fitting. imgres-2

Perhaps that’s why the film almost felt like it wanted to be a Bond flick. There was a snazzy harpoon gun, a low-slung open-wheel racecar with flip-up hood, and other Bondesque high-tech. And wasn’t the Jensen  the car of choice for Simon Templar in The Saint – played by Roger Moore, who did go on to play Bond? A stretch, but then, so were most of the stunts. The best by far was Vin Diesel catching Michel Rodrigues falling off a tank on a bridge in mid-air, and landing – unscathed – on a car.imgres-1

There were some flashy stunt driving, which is de riguer for the Furious. According to Dr. Google, there were 400 cars and 80 stunt drivers. The tank demolishes 250 cars. And just when you think you’ve seen it all, Vin Diesel commandeers a car through the nose of a burning airplane.images-1

Although the dialogue is mostly standard action issue, there’s some priceless repartee between Tyrese and Ludacris. But the real appeal – beyond the smokin hot cars, preposterous stunts and sinewy bodies – is the diversity of the cast. There’s black, hispanic, Asian, Middle Eastern, and hybrid actors – just like in real life. Plus, there are three women in meaty featured roles – not just as arm candy, but scowling, scrapping sirens who drive and fight alongside their mancakes.

If that’s the case, bring on Furious 7. And judging by the last three minutes of the film, that’s a date for 2015.

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24 Comments on "Furious 6 rumbles into town"

  1. Arleen June 5, 2013 at 7:39 pm · Reply

    There is nothing wrong with Paul Walker either. The plots are simple in all the movies but they are still entertaining for all the reasons you give. Love the verbal sparring between Tyrese and Ludacris. My husband loves the cars in the movie and I like looking at the actors. So it i a win win movie for both of us.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 13, 2013 at 1:33 am · Reply

      There’s something and someone for everyone in Furious 6. Glad you enjoyed it – sometimes you just want to be entertained!

  2. Debra Yearwood June 7, 2013 at 3:45 pm · Reply

    Sometimes it’s nice to just have fun at movies. Of course my husband will tell anyone who asks, I’m a firm lover of “B” movies. I love matinee. The impossibility of the stunts, the ridiculous beauty of the stars and the fantasy sets and plots all allow for some healthy escapism. Think I’ll ask my own 15 year old for a date.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 13, 2013 at 1:36 am · Reply

      Sometimes a little escapism can go a long way, especially when you’re trying to relax. Love going for matinees, it’s a totally different crowd and energy. Do we need to be 15 years old just to wander into a fantasy world? Luckily you have your own 15 year old to help you!

  3. homejobsbymom June 9, 2013 at 9:18 pm · Reply

    My husband and I thought the movie was great!!

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 13, 2013 at 1:37 am · Reply

      So happy you liked it. A fun night at the movies is always a treat, especially when you’re with the right date!

  4. Ashley Faulkes June 10, 2013 at 11:11 am · Reply

    I must say I am not a fan of the FF franchise. 1 or 2 of anything is ok, but like the killing of the Lost series, sometimes they gotta know when to call it quits. But having said that, glad you enjoyed it – maybe the IMAX surround image/sound feeling helped blow you away!!

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 13, 2013 at 1:41 am · Reply

      It’s not to everyone’s taste – and the Furious franchise has evolved well past its street racing roots. Not sure where they’ll wind up, but there’s definitely a Furious 7 on the way. You’ll know what theatres to avoid : ))

  5. Jeri June 10, 2013 at 7:26 pm · Reply

    Man eye-candy and car eye-candy… can do wrong there 😉 Vroom, vroom!

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 13, 2013 at 1:42 am · Reply

      Hearing a lot from women who enjoyed the cars as much as the mancake. It’s all in good fun!

  6. Susan Cooper June 10, 2013 at 9:10 pm · Reply

    Yep, I haven’t seen it yet but I plan to. It is just plain fun; action, eye candy of all kinds . It’s hard to not like that, regardless of the demographics… LOL. 😀

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 13, 2013 at 1:45 am · Reply

      Susan, it makes for a great night out. Not for those who crave intellectual stimulation, but that can get tiresome. Check your cares and woes at the theatre door, and settle in for some action-packed, silly fun.

  7. Becc June 11, 2013 at 1:29 am · Reply

    My husband cant wait to see this one. I just thought it was more of the same and seems to be more blowing up than driving in the promo’s. Maybe I should give it a go.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 13, 2013 at 1:49 am · Reply

      I’ll bet you and your husband will have a fabulous time at Furious 6. There really isn’t much of a plot and there is a lot of overblown stunt driving, but some of the dialogue is great – and it’s just plain fun. It’s cool to see such a diverse cast, as well as women in the thick of the action.

  8. Suzanne Fluhr (Just One Boomer) June 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm · Reply

    I’m thinking that a Fast and Furious film in an IMAX theater would be a tad overstimulating for me although, much to his surprise, I’m willing to go to see the latest Star Trek movie with my husband at our local science museum IMAX theater. (Does this mean I have become my mother!?!)

    Found this post via BHB.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 13, 2013 at 1:52 am · Reply

      I’ve heard the new Star Trek is mind-blowing – and in an Imax theatre at a science museum, would be just about perfect. Indulge! In one way or another, we do become our mothers – but with our own spin. We hate to admit it, but it’s inevitable. And really, not as bad as we thought it might be when we were 16 …

  9. Cassi June 11, 2013 at 8:03 pm · Reply

    Can’t say that I’m a fan of the series but like Jeri said – Man eye-candy!

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 13, 2013 at 1:54 am · Reply

      If you look hard enough, you can find redeeming qualities in most things. Chocolate mousse, for instance, contains dairy, which has calcium, which is good for you. See what I did there?

  10. Ann June 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm · Reply

    I’m so far behind on all of this series; I have seen the first one & part of the second one. I LOVE Vin Diesel though and have heard that this one rocks the house!

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 13, 2013 at 1:55 am · Reply

      Vin Diesel is da bomb. Have heard he is playing Kojak in an upcoming movie or tv film/series/whatever. He’s such a *fine* actor.

  11. Mary Slagel June 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm · Reply

    I’ve been debating seeing the newer ones that have come out. I use to be into them when they started, but I was younger then and had a heart for the thrilling car chases. Not that I am much older now, in fact I’m not even near it, but I now love Indie films and more serious thrillers like Side Effects. For the sake of seeing it though, I just may have to.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 23, 2013 at 4:57 pm · Reply

      Serious is hardly the word for Furious 6, but – what makes this franchise so successful is the diverse cast, which appeals to a wider audience, including women. There are at least three women who get down and dirty in the action sequences, holding their own with the guys. That’s refreshing to see. If you ever want some lighter evening’s entertainment, this may just be the ticket.

  12. Christine Peets June 17, 2013 at 5:36 pm · Reply

    I’d only seen the first Fast & Furious, but having read the reviews of this, I wanted to see it. I went with my husband and our son, and we all loved it–what a hoot. As our son says, this is the kind of picture where you “check your brain at the door and enjoy the ride.” What a ride this was–from the first blow up on the bridge to the car coming out of the flaming airplane! How long was that runway anyway? That plane seemed to roll on forever.
    Of course the stunts were over the top, and I loved the twists and turns. I also loved the road race scenes. Can’t wait for the DVD to show “behind the scenes” of how they filmed the stunts and races.
    All in all, a great summer flick–just as the reviews said.
    Speaking of great rides–thanks for the one on this blog.

    • Krystyna Lagowski June 23, 2013 at 5:00 pm · Reply

      Aw, thanks, Christine! You hit the nail right on the head. It’s just good fun and a great escape from everyday cares. I guarantee you won’t be thinking of deadlines and dust bunnies while Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez are screaming around corners in those amazing cars. A good evening out for all – so glad you enjoyed it, and thanks for your lovely words : ))

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