The “Fast & Furious” franchise has received a fair amount of coverage in recent years for its semi-accidental emergence as a standard for unaffected movie multiculturalism. For their own part, Vin Diesel and the “F&F” handlers seem eager to assert how they’ve molded a series of installments into, yep, a saga, complete with expansive, twisty continuity. None of which is really the reason that we’re turning out for “Fast & Furious 6,” of course. Matter-of-fact progressiveness and Michelle Rodriguez’s screen resurrection are swell, but how’s the stunt driving?
Director Justin Lin and writer Chris Morgan, back for their fourth outing, certainly do show enthusiasm for mining “the story so far.” (All that’s missing is a “Star Wars”-y opening crawl.) So we’ll be courteous and pass along the setup: After their big Rio heist in “Fast Five,” Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and cop-in-another-lifetime Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) have retired to the Canary Islands. Brian’s honey and Dom’s sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), is a new mom. Clearly, as Dom says, “our old life is done.” (Sure.)