05/22/2013 06:58 am ET Updated Jul 22, 2013

Movie Review: Fast & Furious 6

Here's the nicest thing I can say about Fast & Furious 6:

It's not in 3D.

That's apparently the only restraint that the makers of this high-end piece of cinema junk-food indulged in.

Otherwise, as exercises in preposterous mayhem go, Fast & Furious 6 is, well, preposterous. And full of mayhem.

That's not meant as a compliment.

I'll admit that I have a predisposition to dismiss any movie with the number "6" in the title. It smacks of the assembly line.

Except, of course, that these movies are like the latest model muscle cars, with newer and more souped-up special effects. Gee, we've hijacked semis and buses in the past - how about if we stop a tank? Whee.

The cars, in fact, show more expression than most of the actors. But acting is beside the point. So, for that matter, are narrative sense and character development.

Really, they should just put out a stunt reel and call it good.

This review continues on my website.