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"Fast & Furious 6" • Tyrese Gibson leaps for his life in a chase sequence in the newest installment of the action franchise, starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson.
Movie review: ‘Fast & Furious 6’ throws coherence out window

First Published May 23 2013 02:12 pm • Last Updated May 24 2013 07:34 am

No moviegoer is walking into "Fast & Furious 6" expecting to have their wits expanded — but could the filmmakers try not to be quite so stupid?

The latest installment in the automotive action franchise gets the gang, led by longtime criminal Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) and cop-turned-fugitive Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker), back together with their last nemesis, federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson).

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‘Fast & Furious 6’

Opens Friday, May 24, at theaters everywhere; rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action and mayhem throughout, some sexuality and language; 130 minutes.

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Hobbs needs the street-racing experts to catch Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), an ex-military Eurotrash villain out to heist some high-tech weaponry. Oh, and Hobbs has evidence that Dom’s lost love Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), who was killed in the fourth movie, is alive and working for Shaw.

Director Justin Lin, making his fourth "Fast" movie, treats the car chases and explosions like musical numbers in a revue: set pieces that don’t necessarily connect to each other or the flimsy narrative. Lin throws more vehicles into the mix — including a tank and a flaming cargo plane — but tosses plausibility and coherent editing out the window.

Maybe the seventh movie, which is teased at the end here, will clean up the mess.

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