Last weekend was packed with fast cars and hot men (and women) when we watched the 6th installment of Fast and Furious.
Clearly, the series is one of my favorites as I followed the team’s escapades since the first movie. Truth be told, there’s a warm fuzzy feeling when I was watching this movie because I’ve seen the team grow in number.
I know it’s a bit off to be teary-eyed in an action movie but I can’t help but be a bit emotional during the confrontation between Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) after Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) drove away. While Shaw was talking about his code which is precision, he also taunted Toretto’s code which is family, telling him that the code he lives by is predictable making him vulnerable and makes him an easy prey to break. I particularly like the fact that Toretto didn’t back down that time and told Shaw that he will only leave when Letty leaves; but on the next confrontation when Toretto’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) was taken by Shaw’s mates, he backed down and let Shaw get away to give his family a better chance of rescuing Mia.
The echoing theme of the movie for me is sticking to your family, in good and bad times, never leaving anyone behind. It’s saving each other and watching everybody’s backs.
Other scenes that stand out for me was the constant saving of Gisele by Han with Han always prompting to say “I got you”. But in the end it was Gisele who had to sacrifice to save Han.
And for me that’s being family. Your readiness to offer your life to save someone and always being in the lookout for their welfare.
Which leads me to the love angle of the movie between Toretto and Letty – it just showed that nothing beats the original. Toretto’s new girlfriend Elena is a lovely girl but she cannot and is never going to be Letty; and in the end she accepted that Letty and Toretto are meant to be together. I also have to give credit to Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) and Mia’s love story. The anguish on Brian’s face when he learned that Shaw’s men got Mia was something you can’t deny. It’s true that nothing and no one can mess up with someone’s family and get away with it.
The movie may be classified under the action genre but for me, it would always be a story of fast cars and sticking it with your family.
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