Vroom, vrooom, vroooooom. Crash. Bang. B_I_G stunt. Enormous explosion. Then, a brief pause for breath while someone talks about being an outlaw.
Just as you sneak a peek at your watch, an explosion starts to light up the screen, followed by super car racing.
That’s been the formula for 5 successful movies in this franchise and it provides enormous pleasure of the mindless joy variety.
A packed Stratford East Picturehouse enjoyed every bit of the 130-minute running time. They clapped after several stunts and applauded the whole film, at the end.
They didn’t bother to sit through the credits, which would have given them a sneak preview of “Fast 7” and more cars and stunts. Pity. They missed a treat.
Unless you plan on racing beautiful cars with lovely people wearing very little in beautiful locations, this is the most fun you will have at the cinema this May. Or June.
Vin Diesel is back as fearless, fast Dom, now in retirement but lured back by the law. The offer is that if he does one last job, everyone in the gang will get a pardon.
Dom says “no thanks” but then sees a photo of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) who died in “Fast 4”. Is Letty still alive? How is that possible?
We move from Tenerife to Moscow to truly preposterous scenes set in London. Tourists, be warned that pretty young women in glittery shorts do no race cars around central London at night.
Still, it’s fun to watch the vehicles dash around iconic London sites which are set, as always, in American films, improbably close together.
Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster are back for this and they both look good.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson plays the head law man, in cahoots with Dom and Luke Evans is chief bad guy. Evans looks weedy next to Diesel and Johnson, so that being a balanced competition seems wrong. Evans is a great actor, but he has a girlie Johnny Depp look which made me feel he isn’t a credible action villain.
Justin Lim directs and everything moves along briskly. The music is really good and enhances the action. Women get equal racing and fighting righs, too.
It’s actually quite refreshing that it’s not in 3D yet feels larger than life. The settings are all lovely and light, except for London, which is mostly and sensibly filmed after dark when the daily gloom in the sky is less noticeable.
Being an American movie, we have no medics in London so Dom has to remove his own bullet. With a $160 million budget, that’s filmed in rather a soft focus and non-icky way.
If you haven’t seen any of the other “Fast” films, it doesn’t matter. All is explained, so this stands alone. Long-term fans will be glad to see this and to know there will be a “7”.
Yes, Diesel may be getting too old to play this role, in theory. But he is absolutely wonderful and drives this series, in every way possible.