Movies: Favourites re­turn for fast, furious film fun.......

Fast and Furious 6 is great, mind­less fun, writes Lou Lu­menick

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STILL go­ing strong in its sixth – and ar­guably most en­ter­tain­ing, or at least loud­est – in­stal­ment (with a sev­enth al­ready an­nounced), you could look at the 12-yearold Fast and Furious se­ries as a steroid-pumped 21st-cen­tury ver­sion of the Smokey and the Ban­dit films.

That one ran out of gas mid­way through the sec­ond in­stal­ment and ex­pired af­ter Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields re­fused to re­turn for the third.

In its third out­ing, Fast and Furious re­placed its en­tire orig­i­nal cast with cheaper per­son­nel – but all of them even­tu­ally re­turned and are now re­assem­bled with ad­di­tional re­cruits from over the years.

Justin Lin, who helmed that third one, Tokyo Drift, and ev­ery one since, now per­fectly un­der­stands what au­di­ences want – eye-pop­ping stunts in­volv­ing a wide va­ri­ety of ve­hi­cles, as­sorted mar­tial arts, stuff blow­ing up and just a soup­con of plot, com­edy, bro­mance and ro­mance.

In many ways, Fast and Furious 6 is more fun than Sky­fall and a lot more fun than the deadly dull Star Trek Into Dark­ness, both of which ask you to take their silly plots way too se­ri­ously.

There’s no such dan­ger in Fast and Furious 6, which plays fast and loose with cred­i­bil­ity and the laws of physics, al­low­ing souped-up cars to tum­ble end over end and char­ac­ters to leap across a chasm be­tween two lanes of an el­e­vated high­way from which a tank is dan­gling pre­car­i­ously.

Es­pe­cially en­joy­able is a lengthy set-piece where the crew is pur­su­ing an enor­mous cargo plane, which they try to pre­vent from tak­ing off by lash­ing their cars to the un­der­belly. This takes place on the run­way of a Span­ish NATO base some­thing like 50 kilo­me­tres long.

And yes, there is a story that sur­faces now and then over two quickly mov­ing hours.

Dwayne John­son’s fed­eral agent re­cruits the crew of badass driv­ers to stop a generic Bri­tish bad guy (Luke Evans) with his own crew from steal­ing a com­po­nent for a dirty bomb he plans to sell to ter­ror­ists.

Mere money be­ing an in­suf­fi­cient in­duce­ment for driv­ers who scored mil­lions at the end of Fast and Furious 5, John­son of­fers amnesty so the fugi­tives from jus­tice can re­turn to the US.

As an added in­duce­ment for Vin Diesel’s crew leader, John­son re­veals Diesel’s for­mer girl­friend (Michelle Ro­driguez) – pre­sumed dead at the end of 2009’s Fast and Furious – is alive, con­ve­niently suf­fer­ing from am­ne­sia and cur­rently the squeeze and chief lieu­tenant to the Bri­tish bad guy. Got that?

The cast of Fast and Furious 6 – in­clud­ing co-leader Paul Walker, Tyrese Gib­son, Lu­dacris, Jor­dana Brewster and se­ries new­comer Gina Carino – seem to be hav­ing a grand old time chas­ing bad guys, stir­ring each other and bust­ing heads on three con­ti­nents.

If you’re will­ing to check your brains at the pop­corn stand, you prob­a­bly will en­joy your­self, too. And you won’t have to wear those stupid 3D glasses.

– The New York Post

Fast and Furious 6 opens to­day.

Left: Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in Fast and Furious 6.

Michelle Ro­driguez, as Vin Diesel’s for­mer girl­friend, re­joins the cast of the Fast

and Furious fran­chise.

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