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Well this second and final trailer for Fast & Furious 6certainly gets its payoff from the CinemaCon footage Eric got to see a couple of weeks ago. Lots of great action scenes take place with all amounts of hell breaking loose in the middle of a busy highway, and the end of this trailer puts this large-scale sequence front and center. Justin Lin is in full “Michael Bay in his Bad Boys days” mode.
It seemed like the first trailer revealed too many of the film’s more technical stunts, but this one is just as fiery orange and explosion-filled. Dwayne Johnson’s bounty hunter Luke Hobbs takes a backseat here as the focus shifts more towards our pardon-seeking team of renegades--led of course by Brian (Paul Walker) and Dom (Vin Diesel)--and their opposition, the mercenary-turned-bomber Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). In fact, quite a few of those new explosions are caused by Shaw, as part of his effort to bring London to its knees. As a villain, he certainly won’t be as interesting as Star Trek Into Darkness’ John Harrison, but now that all the bad guys are the good guys in this franchise, the bad guy doesn’t really matter anymore, so long as he keeps detonating things.
The rest of the returning characters –including Tej (Ludacris), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Han (Sung Kang) – get more time in this trailer as well, spouting off lines and looking shocked to see the ridiculous amount of high-pressure situations surrounding them.
I’m not at all what you would call a fan of this series of films, but that's just out of disinterest, not total dislike. Hopping onto a bandwagon for the sixth film probably doesn’t win me any cool points, but this looks like a worthy trip to the theater. And you can make that trip when Fast & Furious 6 gets its release on May 24.