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Fast and Furious 6 has everything one could possibly want in a big budget summer popcorn flick. All-star cast of returning favorites, plus a few new badasses thrown in for good measure, check; death-defying stunts involving a bevy of fancy sportscars and monster utility vehicles set to bumping hip hop jams, check; hot babes and muscle dudes kicking ass in exotic locales as various things explode around them, check. This time, the action moves from the steamy streets of Rio to the cobblestone corners of Old World Europe, but director Justin Lin, along with star and producer Vin Diesel knows not to mess with something that aint broken, and delivers another high octane crowd pleaser.

Since we last saw them, Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) have been living off the massive spoils of their previous heist, hiding out with their ladies on one of the breathtaking Canary Islands. Of course they still feel the need for speed, but Brian’s just had a baby with Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Dom truly seems to have found happiness with the tough and loyal Elena (Elsa Pataky). Naturally, this peace is short lived for our complicated heroes though, as they soon receive a visit from old “friend”, Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) who presents them with an offer that they simply cannot refuse.

Apparently another group of gearheads, led by the enigmatic and sociopathic Shaw (Luke Evans) is intent on causing massive global destruction. Shaw’s henchmen have already blown up a government building in Moscow, and this is just the first step in a plan that will see the thugs systematically cripple many of Europe’s venerated capitals. But not if Hobbs, Dom and Brian have anything to do with it!

That’s because somehow a back from the dead Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) has gotten herself mixed up with these gangsters, making things beyond personal, especially for Dom. Before you can say fast and furious, the guys have reassembled all of the old familiar faces, including Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), Han (Sung Kang), and Giselle (Gal Gadot) to rescue fallen Letty and take down these crafty criminals.

Who am I kidding? The specific plot points of this film are about as important as the dialogue. Like the rest of the franchise, Fast and Furious 6 is simply an excuse to see amazing cars do amazing things. Don’t let things like plausibility or Vin Diesel’s wooden line delivery prevent you from enjoying the two-hour thrill ride that he and Justin Lin have fashioned. Can’t remember or didn’t see the last installment, no worries! The film’s opening sequence serves as a highlight real of the last 5 films so by the time the action begins, and it quickly does, you’ll be perfectly caught up.

The cast serves up much of the same chemistry and physicality that’ve made this series such a fan-favorite, but particularly kick ass is new addition and former MMA superstar Gina Carano whose fight scenes with Michelle Rodriguez are beyond badass! Otherwise, Tyrese gets the most laughs as cheapskate Roman, while The Rock brings the bulk- seriously, the guy’s massive arms should have been giving separate billing.

Similar to the best guilty pleasures in life, Fast and Furious 6 is best enjoyed at face value. Like McDonald’s fries or reality tv, this thing has been engineered to be enjoyable in every possible way, so why would you want to screw it up with too much pesky critical thinking!