Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Too Soon Too Often

We watched Fast & Furious 6 (2013) because it became available on Netflix - we considered delaying out of respect for the death of star Paul Walker. But then we thought, what would Walker have wanted us to do? And decided that we didn't know or much care, so we went right ahead.

As you recall, in F&F5, Walker and Vin Diesel's gang pulled off the big heist and escaped from lawman Dwayne Johnson. Now, Johnson needs their help to take down a worse gang. So they Get the Old Gang Back Together Again. The gang is pretty much the same, except of course, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is dead. Johnson has a new assistant, Gina Carano from Haywire.

And about that other gang - two things:
  1. They are basically the evil twins of Diesel and Walker's gang. Luke Evans, their mastermind, even resembles Walker a little.
  2. --SPOILER -- They have Letty in their gang.
They didn't really go full-on Evil Twins trope, but with Michelle Rodriguez they pulled the lamest soap opera move in the book - Amnesia. Yes, Letty survived crashing and getting shot in F&F5, but she lost her memory. So Diesel has to woo her all over again.

Rodriguez is one of my favorite movie stars - I've written about how much I love her style. She gets a fair amount of screen time here, but the whole amnesia thing doesn't help her part. As for the rest of the movie, well, to pull evil twins and amnesia out of the bag o' tricks, you have to reach way down. Not necessarily scraping the bottom, but.

I guess the next one was almost in the can when Paul Walker died, and we will watch it regardless.

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