Fast and Furious 6 Invades Super Bowl | Edmunds

Fast and Furious 6 Invades Super Bowl

Just the Facts:
  • Fast and Furious 6 will open on May 24.
  • It will star Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson.
  • The movie will feature everything from a Ferrari Enzo to a Jensen Interceptor.

LOS ANGELES — Ready once again for ludicrous stunts? For fantastic cars defying physics? For some state-of-the-art, hard-core jaw-clenching acting from Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson? And for Paul Walker's super-dreamy blue eyes?

If there's one car commercial that will be remembered from Sunday's Super Bowl MMCXLVIIEIEIO, it's the one minute spot from Universal Studios announcing the release of Fast & Furious 6 this coming May 24. Even if it's not technically a car commercial.

First, let us consider the featured vehicles. There's the '69 Dodge Daytona, an early-'70s Ford Escort RS rally car that flies, a '69 Mustang that gets crushed by a tank, a Ferrari Enzo got in there somehow, a Nissan GT-R going fast, some weird-looking tube-frame things that have ramps built into them, a Land Rover Defender that goes all Greg Louganis, a bunch of tuner cars upon which hot chicks in really short skirts dance, an Alfa Romeo that's red, a Dodge Charger SRT8 that bursts through the nose of a crashing C5 Galaxy cargo plane and Michelle Rodriguez in a pimped-out Jensen Interceptor. In summary, everything expected from the well-established formula that forms the substance of the insanely popular Fast & Furious movies.

This movie. Will. Make. So. Much. Money.

Here's the plot as reported on from a Universal Studios press release. "Since Dom (Diesel) and Brian's (Walker) Rio heist toppled a kingpin's empire and left their crew with $100 million, our heroes have scattered across the globe. But their inability to return home coupled with forever living on the lam have left their lives incomplete.

"Meanwhile, Hobbs (Johnson) has been tracking an organization of lethally skilled mercenary drivers across 12 countries, whose mastermind (Evans) is aided by a ruthless second-in-command revealed to be the love Dom thought was dead, Letty (Rodriguez). The only way to stop the criminal outfit is to outmatch them at street level, so Hobbs asks Dom to assemble his elite team in London. Payment? Full pardons for all of them so they can return home and make their families whole again."

So there's a plot. Big deal.

Back in 2001 when there was still a sport compact/tuner car scene worth covering, the first film in this series — The Fast and The Furious — was produced as a quick way to cash in on the craze. It was a modest production with barely known actors that returned astonishing profits to Universal. After the successful sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious and the stutter-step second sequel The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift, the series became a box office juggernaut with 2009's Fast & Furious and Fast Five in 2011. Forget all the prestige pictures that nab Academy Award nominations, the F&F films are how Universal makes money.

Respect? This isn't about respect. This is professional, slick exploitation filmmaking. It's what Hollywood has always done best.

So you'll get more coverage of this sixth film's cars and action on's What's Hot button than anywhere else on the Internet. Count on it.

Edmunds says: Just when you thought every car had been crashed and every plot line had been beaten to death, Fast and Furious is back again.

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