For some reason I find the melodrama of this one pretty potent, especially early on. The earnest sentimentality of it is simply winning, as is the improbability of a cast this multicultural leading a successful franchise. Signs of strain begin do begin to show, however. And although I appreciate the action at its most gonzo, it began to wear my down pretty early on, unlike the kineticism of Fast 5.
OTT-on-steroids action movie, where the cars take a back seat to fighting, mushy romantic talk, and a silly plot involving the ever-watchable Jason Statham. Distinguished by being the last F&F for Paul Walker, a decent actor who was a bit wasted doing these kinds of movies, the affecting send-off as he drives off into the yonder neatly fuses personal tragedy and the mythic role of the road in American folklore.
Yes it's very dumb and loud but they did an amazing job bringing everything together after the tragic incident envolving Walker, giving his character a memorable tribute. (Really. It's special and the feels hit you from everywhere.) Jason Statham at his best. Since the recent revival of this franchise (somewhere during fifth flick, i think: "more of the same? Yes please." And that's exactly what James Wan gives us.
Ever wondered what 250 million could buy you? Budget for this film is well utilized with several jaw dropping action sequences sprinkled throughout. Entry reps second best entry in long running series (after Fast Five) and travels the globe like a Bond film. Cast play to their strengths with a fitting tribute to Paul Walker. The convoy takedown and the building jumps are quite impressive.
Whether the result of the revenge-fueled plot or the death of actor Paul Walker, the filmmakers have wisely jettisoned much of the limp comedy that ate up so much of the last few entries in favor of a more somber tone. This allows the screenplay to hurtle breathlessly from one kinetic setpiece to the next like a well-oiled machine. Action stalwarts Jason Statham and Tony Jaa offer a welcome injection of new blood.
Though most of the film is unbelievable, I gave myself over to most of it (aside from that bit with Dwayne Johnson & the drone), & it's quite enjoyable. Camerawork isn't too shaky, & the mountain roads set piece is thrilling. I had to try hard to stop crying, but I sat there with a tear rolling down my face, and if I'd been alone, possibly would have sobbed. Pretty good entry into what's turned into a fun series.
It's loud and it's stupid- But, I had one hell of a time watching it. Like Indiana Jones, this series is not about character or plot it's about being the characters and watching them perform Road Runner like stunts. And unlike a Michael Bay production, the filmmakers have respect for their audience and realize why the movies are so appealing and embrace it. It's a giant guilty pleasure and I love it!