Fast & Furious 6 (2013 movies)
Director:- Justin Lin
Written by:- Chris Morgan
- Vin Diesel
- Paul Walker
- Dwayne Johnson
- Michelle Rodriguez
- Jordana Brewster
- Tyrese Gibson
- Chris “Ludacris” Bridges
- Sung Kang
- Luke Evans
- Gina Carano
- John Ortiz
Music by:- Lucas Vidal
- May 7, 2013 (Empire, Leicester Square)
- May 24, 2013 (United States)
Country:- United States
Budget:- $160 Million
Box office:- $160 Million
Following their successful heist in Brazil, Dominic “Dom” Toretto and his professional criminal crew have fled around the world: Dom lives with Elena; his sister Mia lives with Brian O’Conner and their son, Jack; Gisele and Han live together; and Roman and Tej live in luxury. Meanwhile, DSS agent Luke Hobbs and Riley Hicks investigate the destruction of a Russian military convoy by a crew led by former British SAS Major and special ops soldier Owen Shaw. Hobbs persuades Dom to help capture Shaw by showing him a photo of the supposedly long-dead Letty Ortiz, Dom’s former lover. Dom and his crew accept the mission in exchange for their amnesty, allowing them to return to the United States.
In London, Shaw’s hideout is found, but this is revealed to be a trap, distracting them and the police while Shaw’s crew performs a heist at an Interpol building. Shaw flees by car, detonating his hideout and disabling most of the police, leaving Dom, Brian, Tej, Han, Gisele, Hobbs, and Riley to pursue him. Letty arrives to help Shaw, shooting Dom without hesitation before escaping. Back at their headquarters, Hobbs tells Dom’s crew that Shaw is stealing components to create a deadly device, intending to sell it to the highest bidder. Meanwhile, Shaw’s investigation into the opposing crew reveals Letty’s relationship with Dom, but she is revealed to be suffering from amnesia. Dominic’s crew learns that Shaw is connected to a drug lord who was imprisoned by Brian, Arturo Braga. Brian returns to Los Angeles as a prisoner to question Braga, who says Letty survived the explosion that seemingly killed her; Shaw took her in after discovering her amnesia. With FBI help, Brian is released from prison, regrouping with the team in London.
Dom challenges Letty in a street racing competition; afterwards, he returns her cross necklace he had kept. After Letty leaves, Shaw offers Dom a chance to walk away, threatening to otherwise hurt his family, but Dom refuses. Tej tracks Shaw’s next attack to a Spanish NATO base. Shaw’s crew assaults a highway military convoy carrying a computer chip to complete his deadly device. Dom’s crew interferes while Shaw, accompanied by Letty, commandeers a tank, destroying cars en route. Brian and Roman manage to flip the tank before it causes further damage, resulting in Letty being thrown from the vehicle and Dom risking his life to save her. Shaw and his crew are captured, but reveal Mia has been kidnapped by Shaw. Hobbs is forced to release Shaw, and Riley, revealed to be Shaw’s covert accomplice, leaves with him; Letty chooses to remain with Dom.
Shaw’s group board a large moving aircraft on a runway as Dom’s crew gives chase. Dom, Letty, and Brian board the craft; Brian rescues Mia, escaping in an onboard car. The plane attempts take-off, but is held down by excess weight as the rest of the team tether the plane to their vehicles. Gisele sacrifices herself to save Han from Shaw’s henchman; Letty kills Riley and escapes to safety, but Dom pursues Shaw and the computer chip. As the plane crashes into the ground, Shaw is thrown from it, seriously injuring him, and Dom drives a car out of the exploding plane. Dom reunites with his crew, and gives the chip to Hobbs to secure their pardons. Dom and the others return to his old family home in Los Angeles. Hobbs and Elena, now working together, arrive to confirm the crew’s freedom; Elena accepts that Dom loves Letty. As Roman says grace over the crew’s meal, Dom asks Letty if the gathering feels familiar; she answers “no, but it feels like home.”
In a mid-credits scene, which takes place in Tokyo, Han is involved in a car chase when he is suddenly broadsided by an oncoming car. The driver walks away from the scene after leaving Letty’s cross necklace by the crash, and calls Dom as Han’s car fatally explodes, saying, “You don’t know me. You’re about to.”
- Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, a former criminal, and professional street racer who has retired after their successful heist of $100 million dollars with his crew in Brazil and is now staying with Elena.
- Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner, a former FBI agent turned criminal and professional street racer who has retired and settled down with his wife, Mia, and their son, Jack.
- Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs, a Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent who allies with Dom following his last encounter with Dom and his team in Rio de Janeiro.
- Michelle Rodriguez as Letty Ortiz, Dom’s former lover who has suffered from amnesia and was presumed dead in Fast & Furious until she was found by Shaw. She has amnesia and is working alongside his crew, but later chooses to remain with Dom and his team.
- Jordana Brewster as Mia Toretto, Dom’s sister, a former member of his team, and Brian’s wife.
- Tyrese Gibson as Roman Pearce, a former criminal from Barstow and Brian’s childhood friend, as well as a member of Dom’s team.
- Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Tej Parker, an ex-street racer and mechanic, as well as Brian and Roman’s friend who was introduced in Miami, also a member of Dom’s team.
- Sung Kang as Han Seoul-Oh, a professional street racer and Dom’s former business partner in the Dominican Republic, also a member of his team. He is in a relationship with Gisele.
- Gal Gadot as Gisele Yashar, a former Mossad agent who previously working as a liaison for Braga and aided Dom and Brian in capturing him by revealing his hideout in Mexico. She has since become one of the members on Dom’s team. She is also in a relationship with Han.
- Luke Evans as Owen Shaw, a former British SAS soldier who leads a group of skilled mercenaries to steal high-tech devices worth billions on the black market. He hijacked a military convoy, which brings him into conflict with Dom.
- Gina Carano as Riley Hicks, a DSS agent who partners up with Hobbs to take down Shaw’s mercenaries. She is later revealed to be Shaw’s double agent who secretly helps Shaw and his team escape custody during his chase in Spain.
- John Ortiz as Arturo Braga, an ex-drug lord who was imprisoned by Brian, who is revealed to have a connection to Shaw after his last encounter with Brian.
- Shea Whigham as Stasiak, a sarcastic FBI agent and Brian’s former colleague who was formerly at odds with Brian.
- Elsa Pataky as Elena Neves, a former Rio police officer who has moved into the United States, since becoming Dom’s love interest and later working alongside Hobbs as his new partner in the DSS.
- David Ajala as Ivory, a member of Shaw’s team, who is a lethal killer alongside Jah. While attempting to flee on his motorcycle, he is shot dead by Gisele.
- Kim Kold as Klaus, a member of Shaw’s team who is a body builder and strongman, as well as a hacker at ease.
- Thure Lindhardt as Firuz, a member of Shaw’s team, who works as a mechanic, providing Shaw’s team with flip cars and harpoon guns. He is killed in a shootout while trying to kill Gisele and Riley.
- Joe Taslim as Jah, a member of Shaw’s team who is cold-blooded and skilled with martial arts and parkour during his fight with Han and Roman.
- Clara Paget as Vegh, Shaw’s right-hand woman, and a highly trained female assassin in his team.
- Benjamin Davies as Adolfson, a member of Shaw’s team, who acts as a sniper and infiltrator, providing cover for his team while allowing the others to escape.
For Owen Shaw’s Flip Car, Lin tasked the film’s vehicle designer with developing a car capable of driving head first into moving vehicles and flipping them into the air. McCarthy and his team designed a fully functional, low to the ground, formula racing car with a ramp on its front that allowed it to catapult other cars into the air while keeping the Flip Car driver safe.
For Rodriguez’s and Carano’s fight in the London Underground, producers refused to let the pair attempt a stunt where their characters battle over a stair rail and fall down a stairwell, fearing a serious injury would derail filming; stunt women performed the practical stunt. Morgan’s scripted rendition of the fight was described as a catfight on steroids, but Rodriguez provided input to turn it into more of a street fight. Rodriguez said: “Originally in the script, it was a lot more ‘Terminator’-esque — too far-fetched to be believed… Things just happened so quick and then I’m on top? Justin and I had to bust our booties to get it more realistic. I was like, ‘This [woman] needs to kick my ass!'” Rodriguez and Carano rehearsed their fight choreography over two months, with trained fighter Carano undergoing extra practice to ensure her strikes looked credible without hitting hard enough to harm Rodriguez. Under the direction of fight choreographer Olivier Schneider, the fight was designed to be brutal but realistic, representing Carano’s “cop with fight training” and Rodriguez’s street fighting.
The parkade explosion Shaw lures Dom’s team into combined on-set pillars that could be detonated alongside dust mines which could be used as a reference for the digital artists to create the appearance of the structure sinking into itself. A scene involving Evans’ character commandeering a tank was originally intended to use CGI to portray the vehicle crushing cars along a Spanish highway, but the final scene used practical effects as the tank really ran over approximately 250 cars during filming. The scene was shot over a three-mile stretch of highway in Tenerife lined with holiday resorts that had to be digitally removed to create a desolate appearance. The segment’s finale that sees Roman leap to a nearby car and the tank flip was created digitally.
The scene featuring Diesel smashing his car through the nose of a Soviet-era cargo aircraft during takeoff was conceived by Lin while producing Fast & Furious in 2009. At the time, the stunt was too expensive to film and did not fit into that film’s story, but Lin commissioned digital pre-visualization artists to develop a mock-up of the idea. He attempted to revive the concept for Fast Five but the technology available proved insufficient and it still did not organically fit into the story. Filming the climactic scene practically was considered unfeasible as it involved throwing tanks through the air and having cars race alongside the moving aeroplane at 100 miles per hour. Lin opted to build various plane sets instead: a thirty foot high, seventy five foot long, fifty foot wide replica of the fuselage complete with wheels; the tail of the plane with a ramp allowing the cars to drive in and out; and a full scale build of the central fuselage, with wings, engines and the nose, that could be set on fire. For Dom’s car to explode through the plane’s nose, a Dodge Charger was placed on a pneumatic cannon mounted inside a ramp which was then towed by a 4×4 truck, all concealed behind the plane’s nose replica. This was then clad in material soaked in flammable materials. The cannon fired the Charger through the nose as the material is ignited for the practical effect. The stunt driver had a burning 40-ton plane rig chasing them down the runway afterwards. The scene involved more than 200 crew members, and over 350 visual effects (VFX) artists at VFX studio Double Negative to complete. A typical shot of the craft’s destruction could take over 100 man days to complete. The VFX team combined the filmed explosions and smoke with digital augmentations to place the plane into the scene.
Fast & Furious 6 earned $239 million in North America and $550 million elsewhere for a worldwide total of $789 million. Calculating in all expenses, Deadline.com estimated that the film made a profit of $135.1 million. Worldwide, it is the sixth highest-grossing 2013 film and the fourth highest-grossing Universal film. On the weekend of June 14–16, 2013, it became the second highest-grossing film in the Fast and the Furious franchise worldwide behind Furious 7, as well as separately in North America and outside North America.
Outside North America, it is the highest-grossing film in the Fast and Furious series, the second highest-grossing Universal film and the second highest-grossing 2013 film. In the United Kingdom, the film took $4.4 million during its opening day from 462 screens, the biggest opening day for both The Fast and the Furious franchise and Universal in that market, the second-highest opening of 2013 behind Iron Man 3 ($4.7 million), and the number 1 film of the day with 54% of the market. It finished as the number 1 film of the weekend, taking a total of $13.8 million; this figure made it the biggest opening for the franchise, Universal, a Vin Diesel or Dwayne Johnson film, and the second-biggest opening of 2013 again behind Iron Man 3 ($17.6 million). The film opened in fifty-nine territories the following weekend alongside the North American opening, placing as the number 1 film in each and earning $160.3 million; it set opening-weekend records in the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East, and Argentina (the latter was first surpassed by Monsters University). In China, the Fast & Furious 6 opened to $6.9 million, making it Universal’s highest-grossing film in the territory. It earned its 66th number 1 opening, earning $23.6 million during its opening weekend, $3 million of which came from IMAX screenings.
In North America, Fast & Furious 6 debuted simultaneously with the comedy The Hangover Part III and the animated feature Epic. It opened for midnight showings on May 23, 2013, in 2,409 theaters. It took $6.5 million, nearly doubling Fast Five‘s midnight gross ($3.8 million) which faced less direct competition. On its opening day, Fast & Furious 6 earned $38.7 million (including midnight earnings) from 3,659 theaters. The film finished the 4-day Memorial Day weekend in first place, taking $117.0 million, which was the fourth-highest 4-day Memorial Day opening. The audience was diverse, with Latinos representing 32%, women 49%, and 57% over the age of 25.
Lucas Vidal composed the musical score for Fast & Furious 6. In addition to Vidal’s score, tracks by composer Brian Tyler from the franchise’s previous installments are also featured in the film. A soundtrack album to the film was released by Def Jam Recordings on May 21, 2013. It features many electronic and hip hop tracks, including songs by deadmau5, Ludacris, and many others.
A cooperative racing video game, titled Fast & Furious: Showdown, was released on May 21, 2013. Developed by Firebrand Games and published by Activision for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS, the game’s story ties into the events in Fast & Furious 6, including bridging the events between the story of the film and those of its predecessor Fast Five, as well as the story of other films in the franchise. It is a Grand Theft Auto-style action game and received mainly negative reviews. A mobile game, Fast & Furious 6: The Game, was developed by Exploding Barrel Games and published by studio Kabam. It was released on May 16, 2013, for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android devices. The story of Fast & Furious 6: The Game runs parallel to that of Fast & Furious 6, allowing players to race and customize vehicles alongside characters from the film.
A sequel, titled Furious 7, was announced in April 2013. Lin would not return to direct the sequel as Universal pursued an accelerated schedule for the film, with a release date scheduled for July 11, 2014, just over a year after the release of Fast & Furious 6. Lin was replaced by director James Wan that same month. After the death of Paul Walker, the release date was postponed to April 3, 2015.