spoilers I guess ... but come on
It pulls my least favorite action movie move - my least favorite of all time - when it frees itself from a narrative corner by having villains appear out of nowhere with bazookas. That's such a cheap, uncreative move.
The series inches nearer to the absurdity of comic book movies (or, sure, Michael Bay) in its final moments. Don't get me wrong, the series has always been absurd, but nothing as absurd as the final act of this one. To a certain crowd absurd = great. Gee I wish that crowd has been present at my showing, I'd have had a great time like RegularKarate. Unfortunately there were about ten people at my Saturday 1030 showing, and if you have to actually sit in the theater and deal with this movie, actually process what's happening, the ending is too much to take. Certain sudden developments almost made me hate the engorged running time.
It does matter if you've seen the previous Fast movies, because for example although overall the movie was spoiled for me by creative decisions that disappointed me and an underwhelming audience, I was still able to engage with the odd intimacy and charm the series has and continues to cultivate. The great thing about the series that Lin continues to perfect is the right balance of over-the-top and completely serious. The 6th is set up during the credit sequence. I got excited. I think this was a transitional one. It's indeed won new fans and brought people around, getting the big bo numbers, so I hope the next one is batshit nuts and really works.
Will the success of this one will keep Justin Lin around, or will he jump ship? I hope on the one hand he doesn't jump because the next one will undoubtedly be bigger and badder, but on the other hand he's done three of these and delivered mega success so deserves to have whatever project he really wants.