Do you even obey physics, bro? Because there is lots of bad science in it (in a Fast and Furious movie? Impossible)!

Featuring

Paul Walker as Brian O’Connor
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as Luke Hobbs
Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz
Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto
with Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Sung Kang and Gal Gadot as the rest of the crew
and Luke Evans as Owen Shaw

I‘m going to start off this review with a simple question. How long was that bloody runway in the last car chase scene?

Ah, Fast and Furious, the loud, skimpily dressed, muscle (and Japanese-robo) car racing, tyre smoking, physics defying franchise that just keeps on going on. You get giant V8s, fast Euros and lots of randomly under dressed dancing girls, although there is much less of that in this movie. I love Fast and Furious, the car nut in me, and the man with manly desires too I might add. The movie doesn’t pull any punches in setting up the story. Within five minutes of the film starting, we have everyone pretty much assembled and out hunting Generic Super-genius Manufactured Villain with Crew Cut #1637983568. Or Owen Shaw to his mates. Oh and also, Dom wants to find his long lost love, Letty who isn’t dead, but alive and bad arse as ever.

Shaw is like your typical ex-military crazy. He’s smooth, he’s clinical and he has a pseudo Formula 1 car that can flip other cars as they drive over it. Wait…scratch that. I want one of those. It would certainly make peak hour traffic less painful. The reason everybody wants to get him is because he’s building some sort of superweapon (gasp, horror) that can knock out all the communications systems of any country in the world for at least 24 hours. In America’s case, probably a whole week. This is dangerous because they could get invaded and have no way to coordinate a defense. So, to fight professional military trained stunt drivers and technology experts, the good side’s only hope are a bunch of misfits and criminal street racers. And so begins a lot of bad science.

For a start, the scene on the bridge with the tank. It crushes everyone’s car except the white Mustang of Roman. It actually nibbles it with the tank treads until a certain point – when he jumps off its roof and into Brian’s. THEN, it gets squished. Why would it demolish giant SUVs with ease and then, when met with a soft, old, low slung American car not immediately crush it too? Then there’s the bit where Dom flies out and catches Letty in mid air to save her and manages to execute a perfect turn in doing so such that his back shields them from the impact when they land on the windscreen of a car. At those sorts of speeds, I’d expect the windscreen to shatter with the force of the impact, not just crack. Then…there’s the twenty minutes or so the giant, half loaded Russian cargo plane spent at near takeoff speed on a runway. That runway must have been over 100km long. There was so much not right about that scene I don’t even know where to begin…

Don’t get me wrong, I loved this movie, but it seems like that issue with Fast and Furious is that to captivate audiences, they need more and more ridiculous stunts rather than a decent, engaging storyline. Actually, Fast and Furious 5, where the crew steal 100 million dollars was just that kind of film. I just hope that the next one, where Dom and Brian meet The Transporter has a better storyline, better character development and a bit less cheese in its dialogue.

Rating

Best Fast and Furious yet. Less about cars and more about action.

Should I watch this?

Yup. Sit back, relax and enjoy the ride with some popcorn and ice cream. Don’t think, it’s not required.

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