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Critics' review: Fast & Furious 6 is worth it

Hindustantimes.com  New Delhi, May 24, 2013
First Published: 17:31 IST(24/5/2013) | Last Updated: 19:48 IST(24/5/2013)

A uniquely successful franchise of films, The Fast and Furious series has churned out yet another super-hit. Fast & Furious 6 is not only an audience winning film, but has also shaken up the critical critics from their plush theatre seats.

Justin Lin's sixth has made a mark that takes it a notch above the previous films in the series, critics say.

As Peter Suderman notes in the Washington Times, "The Fast films offer a rare, possibly unique, example of a franchise that takes six installments to truly find itself. Fast & Furious 6 takes everything that Fast Five did right, and then does it more: It's louder, it's funnier, it's bigger - more exciting, more over the top, and more delightfully absurd. In every way, it is a movie that is truly faster and, yes, furiouser than any of its predecessors." 

Making a quick point about the film's obvious intention Suderman adds, "Of course, ridiculous, and ridiculously entertaining, is what the series has always strived for. But it's only now that Mr. Lin's confidence and execution have caught up with his ambitions. Looks like sixth time's a charm."

Neil Genzlinger writes appreciatively in The New York Times, "These flashy smashies and a climactic sequence… make the movie a satisfying thrill ride, at least on a par with the earlier installments. A nice twist near the end is well disguised, and a coda hints at what's to come in Part 7."

The Guardian goes poetic whilst singing praises for the film. Philip French writes, "The endless chases, stunts and fights are as spectacular and preposterous as the occasional verbal exchanges are sentimental and childish. An illegal road race through the night streets of London's West End is particularly brilliantly staged." So is nothing rather new about the film? Is it thrilling because it is supposed to?

Todd McCarthy begs to differ. He writes for The Hollywood Reporter, "One new element in the series is its sense of high-living. These were low-end working-class characters to begin with but now, with $100 million socked away, they've entered the world of expensive electronics, private jets and fancy international destinations."

Not too far from good old Bollywood, eh?

But that is not all. Rotten Tomatoes has given the Fast film sky high ratings with an 81% on the tomatometer and a one-line review that reads, "With high-octane humor and terrific action scenes, Fast & Furious 6 builds upon the winning blockbuster formula that made Fast 5 a success."

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