Review: ‘Fast & Furious’ may be six, but it hasn’t lost any speed

2013-05-31-Fast-and-Furious-6-movie-posterIf there has been a theme laced through the entire “Fast and Furious” series, it’s one of family. They may be a family of criminals, but they are still a family. And it’s been no more central to the story than in “Fast & Furious 6,” which builds off the final scene of “Fast Five,” which showed that Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), thought killed in the fourth film, was actually alive.

The action and the stakes have never been higher, and even though the biggest casualty may be the laws of physics, the series continues the fun and adventure of the previous film. It is one of those instances where all of the previous installments, whether good, bad or simply mediocre, have given us the chance to know and care for the various characters, so now that the series has truly found its stride, it’s almost like welcoming back old friends for a few hours to catch up with what’s new and maybe crash a car or 30.

Director Justin Lin has turned into a solid action director and has corrected his mistakes in the fourth film to create a connected trilogy which more or less concludes here. That’s not to say the series is over, as with the previous film, “Fast & Furious 6” ends with a final scene that sets the stage for the next installment, one that is already in pre-production.

The film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language.

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