For logically-minded types, the outrageous stunts sail over the top as the film nears its finale, but if you can suspend disbelief then the big finish will prove satisfying. Still, I can’t help but wonder why, with all their money and high-tech toys, the team relies on hand-held walkie-talkies to communicate while they’re on the road. At those speeds, shouldn’t they keep both hands on the wheel? Please?

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Alcohol of various kinds is consumed by a variety of people in a wide variety of places.
  • Language/Profanity: The d-word, s-word, and f-bomb make a few appearances each; the Lord’s name is taken in vain at least twice. He** is mentioned; people are referred to as bit**es and sons thereof, the b-word is also emblazoned on an airplane; a reference to "Team Pu**y"; anatomical references; one character give another ‘the finger’ but it’s a friendly insult.
  • Sex/Nudity: Just like at most car shows, there were a number of scantily-clad women strutting their stuff. Couple shown embracing in bed; her bare back is shown. Some kissing.
  • Violence: Pervasive. Fighting with fists (and anything else that comes to hand); shooting (some leading to death); police officer brutally beats suspect in interview room, flinging him against ceiling and walls; one man breaks another’s nose. People die. Then there’s the driving, which is violent all by itself. Massive pileups and untold damage ensue at almost every turn.
  • Spiritual Themes: There is a nice sense of family among the team, they don’t turn their back on each other even when one of their members seems to have betrayed them. The film ends with a prayer, which is played perfectly straight and is actually sweet.

Publication date: May 27, 2013