It is summertime which means sun, holidays, festivals and birthdays.
On Sunday it was my boyfriend Tom’s 24th birthday and I baked him a two-layered chocolate cake to celebrate. Then we went out to watch Fast & Furious 6.
Fast & Furious 6
Fast & Furious 6 was one hundred percent Tom’s choice of film. He loves cars, car races and action films so Fast & Furious is the perfect film series for him.
For me, however, it is probably the last film I would choose to watch at the cinema. I am not a car fan and fast cars terrify me but it was Tom’s birthday. He made the decision and he even upgraded our seats to D-Box which meant they moved and felt like we were in the cars in the movie.
As for the Fast and Furious series, I know it is about cars and racing but not much else. I have watched parts of the first movie, half of Fast and Furious 3: Tokyo Drift which is actually set after the sixth movie, and parts of the fifth movie so I had a rough idea of who the characters were.
This did not matter though as the movie is so easy to understand and full of clichés. The thing is, that does not matter with a Fast & Furious movie because people go to see it for the fast cars and the action, and that is exactly what they get.
The Fast & Furious films follow a professional criminal gang led by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). In this movie they are still wanted in America for the various crimes they have committed in the previous films which largely surround underground car racing. This is the first movie which moves away from that. The gang have gone their separate ways, living the dream on their earnings. Former FBI agent Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) has settled down with Toretto’s sister and started a family and Toretto is enjoying retirement. Then Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson AKA The Rock) shows up on his doorstep but instead of arresting him he wants Toretto to help him. There is a new criminal gang in London lead by Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and they apparently have Toretto’s dead girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) working for them as well. Letty was presumed dead in a previous movie but turns out she was still alive. The only problem is she has amnesia and is on the side of the bad guys.
The hard part for me was not the cars or the racing which I actually quite enjoyed as I got used to the seats throwing me. The hard part was it was an American film set mainly in London and the stereotyping is rife. The Fast and Furious films have been pretty notorious for it in the past and this film was no different. I am British and I can tell you that not once has someone said “All right treacle” to me. If you are British in this movie then you are either a bonehead Vinnie Jones wannabe or a snob who walks around like a fairy. Thank you Hollywood.
Once I had eventually managed to over look the cringe worthy stereotypes, the actual film was very entertaining. Lots of action with plenty of car chases, fight scenes, explosions and moments where The Rock punches someone which is what you are paying for. The finale is particularly brilliant and well worth the wait. Also, remember to wait until the end of the film for an extra piece of the puzzle.I have given the film four stars but it probably would have been three without the D-Box seats.
Next week I will be going to Download Festival so my next post will be in a fortnight. Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain!