Bare with me ladies an gents. I have only watched the first Fast & Furious movie. I found it okay, but not enjoyable enough to watch any further. Skip a few years and I am doing this Cinema Geekly thing, and the F&F movies are still going (stronger than ever) I wanted to see what all the hubub was about. Honestly, after watching it, I can see why it appeals to people, it just doesn't appeal to me.
To quote Tom Medley of The Tolucan Times "If you want car crashes, ridiculous fights, car crashes, meager acting, car crashes, not much story, car crashes, nice scenery, and car crashes, this is a wild ride."
The film totally feels like an amalgamation of other elements from successful films. It's one part Avengers in that it features a super team of people apparently capable of super human feats of strengths and defying gravity (even though, as far as I know, these are all suppose to just be normal human beings), part James Bond (villain has super high tech dangerous weapon), and basically all the worst parts of The Transformers series (sans the Michael Bay racism).
Sometimes the action is spectacular, truly a sight to behold, but there is almost zero substance behind it. For me, none of it makes an impact. Now I'm not saying that Fast 6 or any previous or future films have to contain Oscar winning screenplays I'm not looking for that in my action flicks, but I also don't really want a movie where it feels like they wrote out all of the action beats first, and then tried to fill in the gaps as best they could with a story that will take you from one thing to the next.
Ultimate that is what Fast 6 felt like to me. The story gaps in the between the action were pointless at least in so much as the movie had so much action in it that by the end it felt like 98% of the film was actually just action scenes, be it racing cars, crashing cars, shooting, hand to hand fighting, or just blowing things up.
It sells though, they know their target audience. Fast cars, scantily clad Women, guns, and explosions. It is essentially porn that their parents will let them watch. Obviously it also appeals to VFX and action junkies that don't mind the lacking elsewhere in the movie. Sometimes I even fall into that category, I can freely admit that I like a lot of terrible brainless movies, but those had some kind of intangible charm that Fast 6 does not.
I suppose it doesn't help that virtually everyone outside of The Rock ranges bad or outstandingly bad in the acting department (looking at you Vin Diesel). I mean the A-Team was a gratuitous action movie too, but at least they had Liam Neeson!