At the Movies: Fast & Furious 6

This week I had to choose between “The Hangover Part III” and “Fast & Furious 6.” Since I was pleasantly surprised by “Fast & Furious 5” and bitterly disappointed in “The Hangover Part II,” it was not a difficult decision.

The animated epic “Epic” also opens this week but I was at a dog walk when they screened that one.

Back to the car movie. With “Fast & Furious 6” the F&F franchise maintains its title as the fastest, most furious, stupidest and craziest movie series to ever make it to six installments. I didn’t actually hop on board this franchise until the third film but I have to say, it gets more ridiculous and more entertaining with each installment.

Fast-and-Furious-6-2Following the events of FF5, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and their crew of thieves have given up their high-speed lives of crime to retire in luxury across the globe.

Meanwhile, Diplomatic Security Service Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his new partner Riley (Gina Carano) are tracking down Owen Shaw (Luke Evans ), a baddie who’s stealing components to build some very dangerous device. Hobbs decides the only way he can catch Shaw is with help from Toretto’s team.

Fortunately he has just the bargaining chip to pull the retired crooks from their lives of leisure — evidence that Shaw is working with Toretto’s beloved Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez). Ortiz appeared to have died in the second movie.

The band get back together and meets up in London in a fast and furious attempt to stop Shaw and reunite Toretto and Ortiz.

Look, if you’ve stuck with the “F&F” franchise through five movies there’s no reason to pull over now. The action sequences are unbelievable and spectacular, the testosterone levels are as high as the law will allow, and the actors chew up the scenery same as their cars chew up the asphalt. The actors also beat each other up pretty convincingly.

Director Justin Lin, who’s helmed every movie since No. 3, has found a formula that works for him and the audience by continually going for more and more outlandish stunts. “Fast & Furious 6” isn’t a story, it’s a series of cool scenes and stunts hammered together. It’s a Road Runner cartoon brought to life.

If you’re new to the franchise, the first thing you should understand is that basic laws of gravity, physics and common sense do not apply. Where else could you have crazy car chases through the busy streets of London with no fatalities? Just how long is the runway where the bad guys are trying to escape? And why would the pilots continue to try to get the plane in the air when there are trucks and other vehicles chained to it?

I could go on and on. Why does O’Connor risk his freedom by going to prison to chat with a bad guy when he’s working with a federal agent? Why not just ask   Hobbs to interrogate the guy? Why doesn’t Hobbs shoot Shaw when he has the chance?

So many questions. But plot has never been the driving point of “The Fast & The Furious.”

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