It’s time to tackle another movie in The Fast And The Furious franchise on 4K. In this installment we learn that Letty did not die which comes to a shock to the street racing crew. They must assemble once again to find out the truth while taking down mastermind criminals with the help of The Rock. Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.
IMDb Storyline: Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian’s (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin’s empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home and living forever on the lam have left their lives incomplete. Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again.
To spark some life back into the franchise Michelle Rodriguez’s character is brought back. This leads the car enthusiasts to come out of hiding to provide some much needed help to Interpol and Dwayne Johnson who’s been chasing this gang unsuccessfully with the hopes of finding Letty and gaining their freedom back with pardons. They keep upping the game with the action scenarios making them more bombastic and utterly ridiculous in my mind. As of this installment, I think they know their fanbase, and it’s just for utter fun with adrenaline pumping scenes no matter how far-fetched it has become. Presumably viewers like to see these characters interact with these phonetic, heart-pumping, fast paced scenes with blaring music playing. To me this series jumped the shark long ago and has become poorly written with sloppy fight cuts and silly premises. Check your mind at the door and just grab some popcorn if you like this sort of thing. For me it’s a total avoid with blasé acting and titillating cringy-ness most of the way through.
To begin, I’d like to say that, for an action movie, this is rather boring. The story is completely uninteresting, and the only thing that saves the movie is the chemistry among the characters that we know and love. All the members of Toretto’s team have defined personalities, and they’re thoroughly likable. I especially enjoy the humor that Tyrese and Ludacris bring to this movie; there are hints all over that the movie is not serious. However, the movie itself wants you to take it seriously. It’s just a weird combination that doesn’t work. Regarding the performances, they’re okay in general. Luke Evans is the very mean bad guy, but he’s wasted on this flick. The Rock sticks out like a sore thumb; at this point he just plays himself, which is both tiresome and hilarious. The action scenes are well done, with the exception of a few which are way too fast to see what’s going on. The problem is that they’re too unbelievable. I mean, you get people jumping out of cars, catching others in midair in the middle of a bridge, while pursued by a literal tank. What??? Perspective is another issue. Either you get actors that are the same height, or you learn to do perspective right. Otherwise, you get the Rock looking at Vin Diesel in a scene that should look good, only it’s painfully obvious they’re both looking at the wall behind the other guy. In conclusion, this is really just a popcorn movie if you like action flicks, fast cars, and don’t expect good writing.
4K Disc Quality:
You will be pleased with this release as it is crystal clean. This is what 4K is all about. Bright shines in objects with detail to boot. It’s not without its fault though as some of the fighting scenes come off completely fake. I have to pinpoint one strong negative though is that the black level never gets “true black” but a shade or two above it. Still though it is a vibrantly rendered image that makes you smile that you own 4K equipment to get the most detail and color that’s possible with today’s technology. The sound blares, music soars and effects wrap around you. The soundtrack is not my style but for fans that like this franchise it checks all the right boxes on the sound front. This is another strong release from the Fast & Furious series that you should own if this is your style of movie.
The 4K presentation is way too good for this movie. It’s all clear, crisp, with some really bright and popping scenes. The sound is good too, with just the right amount of rumbling. All the dialogues are intelligible, no matter how much action there is. If this is your kind of movie and you just must get it, 4K is the way to go.
Breakdown of “Furious 6 (2013)“
|BillChete: 4.5 (Avoid)||Lady Phantom: 4 (Avoid)|
|4K Blu-ray Disc Grade|
|BillChete: B (Worthy)||Lady Phantom: B (Worthy)|
Average 4K Disc Grade