Blu-Ray Review: Fast & Furious 6

fastfurious6 Blu Ray Review: Fast & Furious 6

I’ve always enjoyed the Fast & The Furious franchise.  Big reason for that is the banter between Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker).  It’s full of cheese but it’s also a lot of fun.  The anti hero vs. the good cop.  Fast & Furious 6 followed that tradition.  This time, the gang is working with Hobbs (The Rock) as they try to take out Euro trash versions of themselves.  The movie isn’t as fun as part 5 but it’s still a well made and fun.  The fight scenes in this movie was the highlight.  Sure, the car action scenes were cool but it was cool seeing the gang get their butts kicked by the bad guys.  The hand to hand combat was surprisingly well done and the catfight would’ve made Ronda Rousey proud.

This movie turned out to be Paul Walker’s last movie as he passed away in a car accident.  I was saddened by the news because he seemed like a real cool dude in past interviews.   It turned out he contributed a lot of his salary to charities and even organized his own organization.  None of this was in the limelight until the tragic incident, which is a true testament to his humbleness.

Fast & Furious 6 shows us the mature relationship between the characters.  Families are involved and it’s not about the heists anymore.  They want to be clean in order to do that, they have 1 more mission to do.  The end of the movie ends in a cliffhanger and I’m wondering how the filmmakers will tackle the next movie with the issue of Walker’s death.  I hope they’ll approach it in a classy and respectable manner.

The presentation for this movie is above average.  It’s no Man Of Steel but the video and audio is still impressive.  The night scenes are beautifully photographed and there’s no signs of grains and mosquito noise while the skin tones and colors look natural.  The audio has good bass and the dialog is easy to comprehend.  The action scenes are when the speakers come to life with the subwoofer getting a good workout as gunshots are heard and tanks are running over cars.

The set is packed with extras including commentary by director Justin Lin and an unrated version.  I only counted an extra minute or so for the unrated, most of it was added CG blood during the action scenes.  There’s also breakdowns of the action including the fight and car stunts.  Lastly, there’s a preview scene for Fast & Furious 7.  This is an actual scene and I can tell by the tone, it’ll be more serious.  With Walker passing away, who knows if they’ll continue in this direction.

Fast & Furious 6 is a fun movie with great presentation and insightful extras.  This blu-ray is worth owning.

Grade: A


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