Michael's Movie Grade: B-
A completely silly, over the top and absurd action movie, but a ton of fun.
What do you call it when a franchise starts off about car racing and then later ends up with cars in space and over the top supervillain plans? Jumping the shark. What do you call it when a franchise so gleefully and knowingly jumps the shark that it simply decides to see how over the top it can go? A heck of a lot of fun. It seems that each Fast and Furious tries to outdo the last in sheer absurdity and this is no exception. We have left reality far behind long ago and to enjoy this movie you need not only to accept this but embrace it as well. With so many gleefully over the top action scenes and some truly funny scenes this is not hard to do. Believe it or not this movie has a somewhat dramatic story at time about the rivalry between two brothers who different reactions to a tragedy lead them down two completely different paths. While the emotion of this story wisely stays in the background it does work. No you are not going to cry or find that this movie has a large emotional effect on you but it does its job pretty well.
This movie does however suffer from overlength, an excessive use of flashbacks and some obviously very expositional scenes. Despite the overlength and plenty of scenes that could have easily been cut, the ending of the storyline between the two brothers feels extremely rushed. One wishes they could have cut the unnecessary scenes and replaced them with scenes that would have made what happens after the final action scene work better.
This is a mindless action movie but it knows it is. So turn your mind off and have a good time.
-Michael J. Ruhland