You can read the synopsis on Wikipedia, but sometimes it’s just best to get first hand what movie is like from everyday people like myself to give a review based on the dynamics.
So in the beginning of the movie, Hobbs played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, recruits Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his “family” to capture Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez). By this time, Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) had settled in the Canary Islands and had a son they named Jack. Mia stays behind with baby Jack while the rest of the crew capture Shaw and Letty. The crew at this time consists of: Dominic, Brian, Tej Parker (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Han (Sung Kang), and Giselle (Gal Gadot).
This movie consists of custom built types of Formula One type of cars that are made of military grade metal. The audience will get to see Mercedez Benz SUV’s be totaled as well as American muscle cars. Cars and trucks are blown up throughout the whole movie. Even a military aircraft is supposedly blown up towards the end. There is a disclaimer at the end of this movie that the stunt driving should not be duplicated! After the first movie that had come out over a decade ago, movie goers have NOT taken the advice that the action driving sequence should not be replicated and that the real driving in the movie is only done so by professionals who are trained to drive that way.
I do say, the audience in the screening that I attended, did in fact get involved in the movie as if it was really happening in real life right before their eyes. The driving scenes did get intense but at the same time a good portion was obviously too fake. There are some fight scenes between Letty and Riley (Gina Carano) that were VERY intense and even in the dark, the straight males were turned on! The crowd got wired up when there’s a fight scene between Hobbs (The Rock) and one of Owen Shaw’s henchmen who’s also a massive in size body builder with tats. When Dom was fighting Owen, it was obvious who’d win that fight because in reality, it’d be Vin Diesel since Luke Evans is a bit scrawny in comparison!
Best lines from a scene:
“There’s one thing you boys are forgetting, he’s a man.” –Giselle
“…..If it’s not a big rock, you gotta be big somewhere else.” –Roman to Han.
Han response to Roman, “Is that why all your girlfriends wear so much bling?!”
Oddly enough, I do recommend this movie for anyone who may be interested in Formula One type of cars. Plus stay through the credits when Owen Shaw’s older brother Ian Shaw, played by Jason Statham, chases Han in Tokyo, causing him to crash and shoots him as he tries to get out. As he walks away from the flames, Ian calls Dominic to tell him, he’s after the rest of them and then hangs up!
My movie grade for this: A- (too much dialogue in some scenes that were made for action sequences)