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Fast & Furious 6 Movie Review: Flashy & Fantastic

It bucks conventional wisdom about sequels and is the best one yet.
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It may have been easy to dismiss the first few installments, especially after Tokyo Drift nearly sank the franchise, but with Fast & Furious and Fast Five pushing the series' domestic box-office total to nearly $700 million and over $1.5 billion worldwide, there's no denying its success. Even more astonishing is Fast & Furious 6 bucks conventional wisdom about sequels and is the best one yet. The seeds for the story were sown in the Five's epilogue. Although proclaimed dead in F&F, Dom's girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is discovered alive and working with a criminal gang in Europe, led by

Fast Five Review: Between the Rock and a Heist Movie

A fight between Diesel and the Rock. What more do you want?
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Although the previous movie, Fast & Furious, showed the least amount of creativity in its title by removing "the" and adding an ampersand, it returned the franchise to its box-office glory, and more importantly, proved to be my favorite movie of the four. The title Fast Five also inspires little confidence, but what will be the end result? When last we saw the gang, Dom (Vin Diesel) was headed to Lompoc prison on a bus, although his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and her boyfriend Brian (Paul Walker), who resigned from a law enforcement agency for the second time, intended to

Fast & Furious Movie Review: Figuring Out the Four-mula

Recommend to those looking for an entertaining action movie.
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After the disappointment of Tokyo Drift, I am very surprised director Justin Lin and screenwriter Chris Morgan returned for this next installment in the franchise, but they redeemed themselves by going back to the drawing board and increasing the action. In the Dominican Republic, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Lety (Michelle Rodriguez) are involved in a caper to steal gasoline tankers from a fully loaded gasoline land train. Their team includes Han (Sung Kang), which is a shock as he wasn't expected to be seen driving again. He talks of going to Tokyo so Fast & Furious must take place before

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Movie Review: Crashes and Burns

I would recommend drifting right on by it.
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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was the third installment in the franchise though its placement in the FF storyline would later be altered after the movie's failure at the box office. The main reason for its limited success, aside from being a bad movie, is likely due to the filmmakers making the spectacularly bad decision to use a completely different set of characters. It's as if they found a script about racing and thought cars and the Fast and the Furious title would be enough to please people. The movie opens at a high school where Sean (Lucas

2 Fast 2 Furious Movie Review: 2 Dumb 4 Me

"All right, let's see what this thing can do." - Brian O'Connor
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With the overwhelming box-office success of The Fast and the Furious, there was no surprise the sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious was released two years later. Unfortunately, the filmmakers appear to have incorrectly thought the movie was a success on all fronts and didn't deal with its flaws. After allowing Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) to escape, former undercover cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) went on the run. He ends up in Miami where he gets into the illegal racing scene down there. We are told he needs money, but that's hard to believe when he's able to come up with

The Fast and the Furious (2001) Movie Review: Start Your Franchise Engines

"My hobbies are fast cars and fast women because uh... that's why my... the guys in my car club call me the 'cruiser'." - Cruiser
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With the sixth movie in the series, the creatively titled Fast & Furious 6, about to hit theaters on May 24, 2013 and the recent announcement at CinemaCon of the seventh, the equally imaginative Fast & Furious 7, intended to be released on July 11, 2014, now seemed like the best time to check out the franchise, which has already earned over $1.5B at box offices around the world. Based on a Vibe magazine article about street racing in New York City, The Fast and the Furious opens with an impressive action sequence as an unknown group of thieves using

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