December 2, 2013 by Hope W.
Everytime I watch a fast-paced action movie like the Fast & Furious series, I wonder two things: (1) How on earth did they shoot all the action sequences and car chases, especially those where they had to shut down major stretches of road like Piccadilly in London and Shibuya in Tokyo? I never fail to be amazed at all the expense these productions go to for a mere few minutes of wow factor on screen each time.
And (2) What the hell is happening? The action sequences specialise in the ridiculous, which is fine, since these movies don’t promise to be anything else; but they were also so messy that I couldn’t make sense of them at all. I have no trouble making great bounds in logic and taking things at face value, but I would like to be able to see how they got from Point A to Point B, instead of everything moving by in a blur.
Among all the action sequences — including the Interpol break-in and subsequent baffling street chase, the outrageous tank highway chase and miraculous midair flying rescues of Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) — the plane was the most chaotic. Firstly, longest runway in the world! Secondly, I had no idea who was fighting what, how Dominic (Vin Diesel) and gang and later Hobbs (The Rock) got on the plane, what the cars below it were trying to do and why they were trying to do it (until the very end), why the plane still tried to take off when there were three freaking cars hanging on its wings, why it spontaneously combusted all over when one side was damaged, why the pilots had no self-preservation and didn’t slow down when it was clear they were heading for disaster, etc.
And *spoiler!* I was stunned when Gisele (Gal Gadot) died. I suppose it had to happen, so that Han’s death (Sung Kang) in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift — whose storyline takes place after Fast & Furious 6 — could wrap up their lovers’ story arc in a bow. But I was still shocked that they went there, since they could have kept her even without Han. She was so pretty and badass (and unbelievably skinny), it was a shame to see her go.
Yeah, the movie’s gratuitous. Full of the typical heist film stereotypes, token race representation, hot girls in skimpy, boob-baring outfits, men with thick bulging muscles slathered in baby oil and a perpetual menacing scowl, tough chicks kicking each other’s asses in protracted fight sequences, impossible stunts in fast cars etc.
But I went into it knowing exactly what I would get, so I had tons of fun. Better people than me have broken down all the over-the-top moments in the film, but we all agree on one thing — its ridiculousness does not detract from its freaking awesomeness.
I will miss Paul Walker in these movies, if they make any more of them after Fast & Furious 7 is done.