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    Posted: 09/June/2013 at 17:41
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fast_and_the_Furious_(series)

Amazed we don't already have a topic on these films in here but the search engine came back with nothing, so after seeing the sixth instalment of the series at the cinema at last I thought it was time for a thread. Im a big fan of these films so my views may be a little biased.

The sixth movie continues the story with the theme now moving away even more from street-racing and into a a pure action movie, this metamorphosis began in the fourth film but has become far more apparent with the fifth and sixth installments. This has been a smart move as its allowed the movies to appeal to a broader audience and has seen the fifth and sixth movies pull in much larger box-office numbers.

This one see's the now retired team who are all now living away from the US in non-extradition countries lapping up the luxury thanks to the $100 million heist they pulled off in the fifth film, but Hobbs(Rock) tracks down Dom(Diesel) and tempts him and the rest of the team into helping him catch a group of International criminals by revealing that Doms presumed dead girlfriend Letty(Rodriguez) is still alive and working for the criminal group.

The action scenes are all full of the usual over the top big budget destruction and there are several great fight scenes, the dialogue contains alot more witty banter and one-liners than the previous films, and it also finally pieces together the missing parts that take us up to the end of the third film(the third instalment was originally designed as a spin-off film as it featured none of the the main cast apart from a small cameo from Diesel, but the following films would all backtrack to the events that took place before the story in the third flick, and one of the main characters of Fast 3 Han would be revealed in the later films as a close friend and allie of Dom), anyway the sixth movie in a short post credits scene shows Han in Tokyo(as in the third movie) and you see the first appearance of a new character(played by a well known actor)who will no doubt be the star villain in the next movie, this will also allow the seventh instalment to pick up pretty much from where the third film ended taking it to the present day.

I really enjoyed this movie, not quite as much as the fifth( which I still rank as the best in the series) but it was pretty close, strongly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of this franchise or just anyone who likes big budget action films.
Unfortunately it would appear Dwayne Johnson may not feature in the next film as the filming schedule may clash with that of Hercules which Johnson is already commited to. Fast and Furious 7 is set for a July 2014 release at present and as things stand is said to be the final film in the series, however I reckon that plan could change due to the business the last two films have done at the box office.
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not seen it yet, will do when it either comes out on DVD or when it goes on Sky, but I really hope Michelle Rodriguez's part in this as a dead character who is bought back to life is much better than the dead character bought back to life in the last RE film, which was fucking dire.
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Originally posted by ihatethatmonkee ihatethatmonkee wrote:

not seen it yet, will do when it either comes out on DVD or when it goes on Sky, but I really hope Michelle Rodriguez's part in this as a dead character who is bought back to life is much better than the dead character bought back to life in the last RE film, which was fucking dire.

Its funny how similar the 2 are though. The common trait among the 2 is that it is a series that has been drawn out way too long and is getting milked for every dollar its worth.
On top of it, I stopped caring for both series after about the 3rd movie, so the only way I'll watch this is if its on Netflix and I'm having one boring weekend.
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Fast and Furious has been a weird franchise as it had meager beginnings really and after the ill-fated Tokyo Drift movie about 7 years ago the franchise was left for dead basically. The 4th installment came out to relatively little fan fare but did decent enough at the Box Office to do a 5th film.

Then the 5th film came out and got great reviews from both fans and critics and people kept going to see that movie. (It was the first Fast and Furious movie I saw) it became a box office smash hit and number 6 has outdone the 5th films box office already I think.

The franchise started out slow and it took awhile but once it kicked to a high gear with the 5th movie, the success has been truly great for the franchise.



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Gonna wait until it comes out on DVD-PPV to watch this one. Ticket prices are just too much for me, especially when I know that the oldest 2 kids will want to go as well.

Originally posted by Fletch Fletch wrote:

Unfortunately it would appear Dwayne Johnson may not feature in the next film as the filming schedule may clash with that of Hercules which Johnson is already commited to. Fast and Furious 7 is set for a July 2014 release at present and as things stand is said to be the final film in the series, however I reckon that plan could change due to the business the last two films have done at the box office.
I know the Rock has said that he wouldn't be able to Fast 7, but the studio & producers have said he's going to be in it. Where or not he deserves it, the studio credits adding the Rock to series is what boosted the international box office. But I wouldn't be surprised if his character of Hobbs gets reduced. 

I just watched about half of Tokyo Drift. I've never been able to get thru the film as I hate the character Sean. But I liked Han a ton. It wasn't until I looked at the Wikipedia article that I learned that Tokyo Drift chronologically sits between Fast 6 & 7. 

Agree with Willy, this has to be one of the weirder film series. It's rare that a sequel is better than the original film. But when else has the 5th film been better than the previous 4? 
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Apparently the series may be set to run until Fast and Furious 9(at least) according to Vin Diesel.

It is rare for sequels to be better than their predecessors but you have to look at this series of films as two separate trilogy's, 1, 2 and 4 were the first then 5, 6 and 3 were the second, apparently 7 is set to start a new trilogy.

I enjoyed Fast 3: Tokyo Drift, I agree that the Sean Boswell character was very weak and poor casting, but the good news is its unlikely he will reappear for anything more than a small part in future films, producers must surely have acknowledged the negative feedback he got for his part and in any rate the actor who played him is now 30, so if he is to appear in Fast 7 it would be a 30 year old portraying a 18 year old. But despite the weak lead on the whole I thought Tokyo Drift was still a very watchable addition to the series and as we now know it links up events between Fast 6 and 7.

The main reason for the huge success of the later films compared to the moderate success of the earlier films is transitioning the movies from street racing flicks into all out action/heist movies which traditionally draw big at the box office and appeal to a wider audience.

I've now read that Dwayne Johnson will appear in the seventh film, but his role will be comparatively small compared to 5 and 6 I would think. The ending of 6 kind of draws a line under his involvement in the story for now at least anyway.

Other notes from 6 are: Gina Carano is great in fight scenes but a terrible actress, she looks alot more butch than what I remember as well. The two Hispanic guys from Doms team don't appear in 6, reason given is they can't be located, they are not missed as the cast was very loaded already. Events in the film will also see the current cast members trimmed down slightly further as well by the end, but I won't give anything major away. Bringing back Michelle Rodriguez was smart, she's hot and I like the Letty character she plays, also as someone mentioned earlier they don't bring back a dead chick, it's revealed she survived but suffered amnesia from head trauma.
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technically, they do bring back a dead chick; she is named as dead by Mia, though it's been a while since I watched F&F so I can't remember if a body was found or if it was felt that what happened meant there wasn't much to be found, but yeah, bringing her back was smart, have always liked Rodriguez.
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In the fourth movie(Fast and Furious) she is said to have been murdered and they hold a funeral service, it's unclear as to if a body has been found and in the film it's suggested she dies via a gun-shot to the head after her car crashes, but it's later reavealed in Fast 6 the killer instead shoots the car fuel-tank causing it to explode.

Can't remember for sure but I think in Fast 6 it's implied a body was discovered but it obviously wasnt Letty, I don't think it's ever said who it was. This is one piece of the story that could probably have been done better, but in fairness dead characters are nearly always brought back under fairly ridiculous circumstances.
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I enjoyed the seventh instalment like I have all these films but I think it should be the last.

As entertaining as it was it did have a very more of the same feel to it despite the addition of Jason Statham who was excellent as the lead villain.

The Rock played less of a key role this time around, I think other filming commitments meant he couldn't feature as much as before, but even in a semi-cameo he was great as ever as Hobbs.

The very touching and well done ending designed as a tribute to Paul Walker would be a very fitting ending to this franchise which is another reason I think they should make this the final film in this series.
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