The first full length trailer for Justin Lin’s upcoming action film “Fast & Furious 6” has been released and it’s even better than anyone could have imagined. The film, which follows directly on the heels of 2011’s monster hit “Fast Five” wherein Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his band of expert car thieves pulled off an insane board daylight bank heist in Rio de Janeiro with the help of ultra-hardcore DSS agent Luke Dobbs (The Rock). The film was a rare fourth sequel that ranked among the franchise’s best films and reinvigorated Diesel’s sagging career.
“Fast & Furious 6” follows Dodds as he recruits Toretto’s crew to take down a new group of daring vehicular based thieves, one of which is Toretto’s presumed dead ex-lover Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), a plotline which was set up in a post-credits sequences in “Fast Five.” Despite the appearance of being a brainless action series, the “Fast & Furious” franchise actually has some fairly elaborate continuity. For example, the fact that Sung Kang is in the film means that it takes place before the events of 2005’s “The Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift”, where Kang meets a fiery end at the hands of a former friend. Then again, 2009’s “Fast & Furious” made it look like Michelle Rodriguez was pretty definitively dead too…
With this series the complex plotting is really just gravy, “Fast & Furious 6” is a film that looks to feature: high-speed thefts carried out all over the world, a muscle car crashing through the nose of an airplane, a tank versus sports cars fight, Michelle Rodriguez and “Haywire” star Gina Carano beating the hell from each other in a tube station, Vin Diesel getting shot in the arm by the woman he loves, The Rock punching a man in midair, and some physics defying finale that we haven’t even seen a hint of yet.
“Fast & Furious 6” comes to Cleveland area theaters on May 24, 2013.
Mario McKellop has written about film on Examiner for the last three years and can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org