Actors: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
Director: Justin Lin
Writers: Chris Morgan
Producers: Vin Diesel, Neal H. Moritz, Clayton Townsend
Format: Color, Widescreen
Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
Subtitles: French, Spanish, English
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Number of discs: 2
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Universal Studios
Blu-ray Release Date: December 10, 2013
This was supposed to be the last film of the Fast and Furious franchise; the real last film amongst what seemed many. The only problem came down to a timing issue for Actor Jason Statham, who was set to play the final villain. When he was unable to film this one this franchise set up for Fast and the Furious 7, boasting even more cast members in the already impressive ensemble. With the early departure of Paul Walker, the film franchise’s main protagonist from film one, the last film’s future looks uncertain. Fast and the Furious 6 is not a masterpiece, but it is a solid action film from the initial racing premise, only slightly less exciting than Fast Five.
Two films prior had seen the demise of Michelle Rodriguez’s character, Letty, who suddenly comes back from the dead with a case of amnesia in Fast and the Furious 6. This revelation brings the whole gang back into action, in pursuit of a mastermind criminal (Luke Evans) leading a team of mercenaries on a mission to steal a top secret weapon. Teaming up with the government officer previously hunting them (Dwayne Johnson), Dom (Vin Diesel) and his team of criminally good drivers set out on a mission to take down this deadly enemy.
The racing aspects that the series originally started with has all but disappeared, turning this franchise into a higher caliber of action film. Along with car-related action that even includes a tank, there is also some gunplay and a great deal of hand-to-hand combat with some of the bulkier cast members. This is rarely believable, but it is always entertaining.
The Blu-ray release boasts an extended version of the film, though it is less than a minute added to the theatrical cut. It isn’t even an unrated cut, because whatever is added only gives the film a bit more length without altering anything noticeable. There is also a sneak peek at the next film in the franchise. It will be interesting to see what happens next. The exclusive Blu-ray special features are plentiful, including several hand-on viewing features for film fans and gear heads alike. Also included are deleted scenes, a making-of featurette and a commentary track with director Justin Lin.
Entertainment Value: 9/10
Quality of Filmmaking: 6/10
Historical Significance: 7/10
Disc Features: 8/10