ff6Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Rated PG-13

The Plot: After the events of Fast 5, Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and the crew have a ton of money and are living life large on the lamb in Spain. Brian and Dom’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) welcome their first child into the world, and the biggest source of friction is if the baby will be fast and furious in a foreign or domestic ride.

That is, until CIA agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson) breaks the illusion that they’re off the grid. Surprisingly, he’s not there to arrest them, but to ask for their help. Turns out that evil twin of Dom’s group — they’re evilly fast and furious — is knocking off convoys in various countries to steal pieces of technology that will allow them to build … something evil (It’ll knock out communications for a nation for 24 hours or something? Doesn’t matter — it’ll be bad if they build it, and they can sell it for lots of money to bad guys who’ll do something bad with it). If Dom, Brian and their crew can help Hobbs put away the ringleader Shaw (Luke Evans, who looks a LOT like an older Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his group, they’ll get their records cleaned and be able to return to the good ol’ US of A.

If that wasn’t enough of an incentive, however, Hobbs shows them a photo, taken a week earlier, showing the love of Dom’s life, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) alive and well, but now apparently part of Shaw’s team. Quicker than you can say “load up the NOS canisters,” Dom puts the team back together — including Han (Sung Kang), who still died in third film (stick around after the credits) — and we’re in Jolly ol’ England (London, specifically), on Shaw’s trail.

Will Dom’s crew beat their evil dopplegangers? Will we finally figure out the chronology of these films? Will there be any cars left undented in Europe? Does physics fare any better in this film than it has in the others? WIll Brian and Mia’s child choose domestic or foreign?

Spoilers: Not at first. Yup. A few, but not many. Better than the last, but not by much. Stay tuned.

Thoughts on Fast & Furious 6:

• There’s an odd evolution to the Fast & Furious films, in that, while it’s all good popcorn-munching fun, they actually try some different things. The previous film was an Ocean’s 11 caper-style movie, while Fast & Furious 6 is much more the Bourne Identity-style of film making. International intrigue, fast cut physical action and a much more violent streak (including a chase involving a tank on a freeway that causes an alarming number of innocent vehicle fatalities).

• I really haven’t done much research, and by “much” I mean “any,” but it seems like a lot of the countries Dom’s crew have taken refuge in would have some form of extradition treaties with the United States. Again, I’ve never been on the lam; if I were, I would do the research.

• This marks one of the few times that a character played by Michelle Rodriguez has survived, although you get the feeling she was resurrected retroactively. Still counts.

• With the after-credit ending, introducing the next bad guy (Jason Statham) for Fast & Furious 7: More Ferocity, the movies have caught up with themselves in chronology. So, the running order on the timeline is The Fast and The Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6 and The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, or 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 3.

• A relative of mine had some fairly major surgery a couple of weeks ago on his neck because of some damage he took years ago after parachuting out of a plane (which was his job at the time). Given that, none of these guys are going to be able to move in three to five years without massive amounts of pain, given the flips, rolls, crashes and just general destruction they experience. Of course, physics works a little differently in the Fast & Furious universe.