Movie review – Fast and Furious 6: Hot cars and rock-hard abs

2013-05-26 10:00

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Fast and Furious?6 opened this weekend. This car-chase franchise has been coining it at the box office since 2001 when its R365?million budget was recouped in its opening weekend in the US alone. Gayle Edmunds and Babalwa Shota put together what goes into a money-making movie.

Hot boys

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker flexed their muscles as adversaries in the first film, with Diesel fulfilling the “bad boy” fantasies, while Walker’s “pretty boy” looks made sure this was a suitable date-night movie.

To add to the beefcake offering, Tyrese Gibson joined the cast in the first sequel, and in Fast 5, wrestler-slash-actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson added some serious biceps action.

The makers really righted this series of well-packaged car chases when they got Diesel and Walker back in the driving seat, kept Gibson and added Johnson.

They’ll be adding The Transporter’s Jason Statham in the next one, which has already gone into production.

Hot girls

Since her breakout role in Girlfight (2000), Michelle Rodriguez seems to have been perpetually angry.

That’s what makes her so perfect for the role of Letty, the tough on-off love interest of Diesel’s character Dom.

She’s been kidnapped, beaten and shot at, but still manages to look sexy.

That her career seems to have stalled outside of this franchise is something her management has obviously turned a blind eye to.

Another hot Fast and Furious alumni whose career is going nowhere fast is Jordana Brewster, who plays Diesel’s sister and Walker’s lover.

She drives those cars just as hard as the boys do and is as adept at jumping buildings and shooting guns as any of them are.

It’s just a pity the ladies have been so typecast, Hollywood is shying away from them.

The gear change

Sure sequels are more of the same and this franchise is really just a showcase for shiny bodies and races, but the audience gets something that seems new each time.

Dom changes sides of the law more frequently than a taxi running late on the highway, as does Brian.

There are limited plotlines with nasty druglords and would-be bank robbers, but the writer of these scripts manages to keep the audience enthralled in spite of themselves – and that writer, Chris Morgan, has been on board as long as the director, Justin Lin.

They took over from Tokyo Drift, learnt the lesson that sequels shouldn’t have second class casts and they haven’t looked back since.

Shiny bodies

The cars are just as much the stars of the movies as the actors. While some of the chases have been a right royal mess, there’s no denying that the wheels have been drool-worthy.

Dom’s real love is the 1970 Dodge Charger, while Brian (Walker) started off in an acid-green 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse.

The souped-up 1987 Buick Grand National GNX gave the brand some street cred, the 1997 Mazda RX-7 in Tokyo Drift made petrolheads dizzy and the 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback was too retro-cool for words.

There’s just too many cars to count, so we’ll leave it at that.

» ?Fast and Furious 6 opened on Friday. 

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