'Fast & Furious 6' is a deeply romantic movie; in fact the sentiment of love is so great that it transcends categories.

There’s love between man and his machine (aka: shiny paint jobs on cars most of us can only afford to download images of); the love of the adrenaline (aka: there goes the neighbourhood, and the city’s reconstruction budget); the love of a man with his fellow man (aka: bulked-up biceps and unrelenting I-shall-not-look-you-in-the-eye bromance).

There’s also love for the family and the urge to keep it together but most importantly to the antagonist of the movie – the love of money. These last two factors play a big role in Fast 6 (also known as Furious 6). The former of the reasons include the misleadingly deceased Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodrigues), Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel’s) former girl-friend, turned amnesiac female muscle of the villains.

Letty’s actual necessity – as the necessity of any of the parts of the Fast franchise – is questionable. Perhaps it is just as much as the plot device about the villains needing a chip to make a ‘Nightshade’ contraption capable of blacking out the power of an entire region (seriously? Well we experience the use of same device daily, I guess).

This matters not, because for whatever its worth, the Fast movies are beyond unexciting. Mr. Diesel and co. is the reason behind the sale of the tickets; later DVD’s; much later the commercials on television. His recent workmates include Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs and Gina Carano as Riley Hicks – aka the anti Letty.

Seeing Ms. Carano and Ms. Rodrigues duke it out is one of the giddy delights of Fast 6 (they duke it out twice, so the ticket automatically pays for itself twice at one go). However, there’s still more.

In keeping with the style here’s what you get:

Hobbs and Dominic – with their bulging biceps – muscle out frames, trying out plans to knock out the bad guy mercenary (Luke Evans); Brian (Paul Walker), now relegated to a notch-above-extra status, travels back to the US to learn how Letty survived; Roman and Tej (Tyrese Gibson and Chris ‘Ludacris’ Badges) play with machines; Han and Giesel (Sung Kang, Gal Gadot) provide ancillary window dressing. And of course, let’s not forget the usual’: mean hot-rods, skimpily clad women and two road-crushing, people-crunching finales – one involving a tank, the other a runaway airplane on a hundred mile runway.

Fast 5’s climax involved a giant bank vault being through the city, so in keeping with reality is not really a priority here. But by now, you already know that.

Released by Footprint Entertainment and Universal Pictures.

Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Sung Kang, Gal Gadot, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, and Elsa Pataky.

“Fast & Furious 6” is Directed by Justin Lin; Written by Chris Morgan (based on characters created by Gary Scott Thompson); Produced by Neil H. Moritz, Clayton Townsend and Vin Diesel; with Cinematography by Stephen F. Windon, Editing by Christian Wagner and Kelly Matsumoto and Music by Lucas Vidal.

The movie is rated PG-13. Words of caution: Never let your children drive this recklessly; they do not have million dollar safety nets, CGI and visual effects, and screenwriters looking out for them.

Mohammad Kamran Jawaid has been professionally critiquing movies for a while now – say more or less ten years, exclusively for Dawn. About 400 reviews and features later (he stopped counting a long time ago), not being as young as he was before, he still feels the urge to write for another couple of centuries.

Despite living movies 24/7 (his company (http://kamranjawaid.com) helps filmmakers make movies), he is still truly, madly, deeply in love with cinema; the root cause of this anomaly requires further clinical trials. His twitter (http://twitter.com/kamranjawaid) reveals very little about him, other than him being the Senior Film Critic for Dawn.com.

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June 7, 2013 10:17 pm

I love it a lot

June 9, 2013 1:51 am

Not mind blowing. Good still. Seems more like a cartoon now. Loved Gina Carano and M. Rodriges

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