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Every summer a film comes around that takes everyone by surprise. Last year
it was Scary Movie and I'm sure in 1977 it was a film like Star Wars and
then in 1981 it was Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now I am not saying that The
Fast and the Furious is in the same class as Raiders and Star Wars, just
that it surprised everyone on the same level. F&F is short on plot and
dialogue and even some of the acting is lame, but what it is oozes is
testosterone. It pumps your blood, increases your adrenaline and attacks
you with fast cars, sexy women and that one invariable that I think it has
going for it... Vin Diesel. There is just something about the guy,
something that you really can't put your finger on, but he just has it.
Maybe it is charisma, maybe it is charm, maybe it is just that he resembles
some of the action heroes from the 80's with his chiseled triceps and his
slabs of pecs. Maybe it is all those things and maybe it is none of those
things, all I know is that F&F is exactly what I had hoped it would be and
nothing more. This is the summer movie that I have been waiting for. It's
not that the films that have been out so far aren't that great because some
of them are, it's just that this is the one that epitomises what summer as a
teen ager is all about. It is no wonder that exit polls for this film were
around 65-70% under the age of 21. And maybe that is why I enjoyed it so
much. I am pushing 30 but isn't it cool to lose yourself in a film that
reminds you what it was like to be in highschool. And isn't it cool to
watch street racers break 140 miles an hour wile they shoot NOS through
their vehicles? Well isn't it?
F&F doesn't contain any machinations similar to a film like Mission Impossible and it doesn't dazzle us with special effects of impending doom like Armageddon did, but it takes us into a world where people live life "a quarter of a mile at a time."
Vin Diesel plays Dominic Toretto, a massive, bald mechanic that owns a garage but street races on the side to make some extra cash. Paul Walker ( The Skulls, Varsity Blues) plays Brian Spindler. He is a cop that has infiltrated the street gang to find out who is highjacking trucks and stealing all their merchandise. There are about four rival street gangs in L.A. and one of them is pulling this off. He has to figure out which one. Of course along the way he seduced by the life, but that is not what we really care about. All we want to see is lots of racing, a few crashes, some fights and some sex. F&F doesn't disappoint. If what you have seen in the trailers of the film excites and entices you, then you know exactly what you're in for. This is not going to win any Oscars for anything but what it will do is entertain you. It will expedite you for 90 minutes into a world where Honda's are souped up to look like Dragons and junkyard scraps are rebuilt from scratch to be better than they were before, better, stronger and faster. If this film appealed to you in the commercial, it will appeal to you on the screen.
And of course there is Vin Diesel. He first made a name for himself in Saving Private Ryan where he played Capparrzo. Then he jumped onto the scene with his excellent and grandiose turn as Riddick in Pitch Black. I think this is the film that got him noticed because no one had even heard of him before this. Then he did Boiler Room and he showed a different side to him. But F&F is all muscle and sheer bravado. I think Vin is going to do great things in the years to come. He is not a nobody anymore. This film will take care of that. And face it, isn't it cool to see the genesis of a new action hero?
8 out of 10- The ultimate summer rush!
Today I saw Tokyo drift and yesterday I saw 2 fast 2 furious for the
fifth time, but I still find myself drawn toward the original. It stars
Paul Walker as an undercover cop who infiltrates the street racing
underworld of LA to catch a crook who has been hijacking millions of
dollars worth of electronics from 18wheelers, causing the truckers to
take matters into their own hands, ultimately ending in deaths and
multitudes of money stolen. Now, you would think that because of the
semi weak plot, this movie wouldn't be that good, however, the main
storyline is just a small part of this movie, the other elements being
action and some interesting relationships regarding vin diesels
character. Diesel plays a street racing god, one of the best in the LA
scene. Walkers character, Brians, way into the world is through Dominic
Toretto (Diesel). Toretto has an air about him which draws other in,
and Brian is no different. Throughout the movie, Brian is getting to
know Dom, earning his trust, etc, but at the end of the movie, both Dom
and Brian are forced to make a decision about each other... The whole
relationship is interesting to watch. As for the action, there is
plenty of it. Besides the many races, there is also some gunplay and
some hand to hand fighting, and some interesting hijacking sequences.
All in all the cars are hot, the girls are hotter, the cars are fast, the guns are loaded, and for the more serious, the relationship between Dom, Mia, Vince, Letty, and the others is amazing.
If you haven't seen this movie, rent it tonight
Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) wants to join the family of the head of
California street racing (Vin Diesel)...but why?
The plot is comic book level; the dialogue is very VERY bad...but who really cares? This is a throwback of those dumb 1970s drive-in movies...it's for people who like loud, fast films filled with mindless action, attractive women, cars...and nothing else. I didn't like the film. It was too loud, too silly and way too long for a dumb action flick. What saves it is some truly incredible action sequences (the "hijacking" sequence towards the end was unbelievable), some very nice, innovative direction, a cast that manages to be good despite the script and a very good performance by Vin Diesel. This was supposed to be Walker's breakthrough film but Diesel steals it away. Also it looks kind of silly to have tall, lean, pretty boy Walker against tall, muscular, severe-looking Diesel.
See it for the action and Diesel. During the slow spots admire the cars or the women.
FAST AND THE FURIOUS does not try to be something it is not. Therefore, it
surprises me to no end that I will say that FURIOUS is a decent movie. For
dialogue, everything is one-lined crazy nonsense. Most characters are
ultimately cruel to everyone and each other. Some lame brained antics are
done. But it all works out. FAST AND THE FURIOUS is definitely for these
times and shows all aspects of the real world and who survives in it through
cars and the people that drive them.
After losing his job to Dominic Toretto, an untouchable to some, Brian sets out to win his respect by putting his car on the line against the speed demon. Meanwhile, the cops are desperately seeking the perpetrators of several truck hijackings and believe Toretto is the man behind it.
With a built of guilt in me, I am proud of saying that FURIOUS was impressive in its execution. The editing was top notch, the camera work well laid out and some surprising acting from a script made of cardboard. There was not much you could do with FURIOUS, but then it starts to feature more on the engines than the cars themselves. It also never forgets the story. FAST AND THE FURIOUS smokes the competition in its genre, if only for the moment.
The Fast and the Furious is probably the first movie to get me into
cars while at the same time enjoying myself without having to worry
about a plot.
Paul Walker plays Brian O'Conner, a hot shot police officer, who goes undercover as a car junkie Brian Spilner to see if a local street racer/mechanic by the name of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diseal) has anything to do with hijacking a bunch of cargo from DVD's, TV's, entertainment sets, and so forth while at the same time falling head over heels for Dominic's sister Mia (Jordana Brewster). Brian comes so close while at the same time gaining trust to the target (Dominic) itself where it's only a matter of time before the truth comes out.
The film itself has the best action sequences involving street racing and high octane action where despite a so-so plot to follow, or one that's been seen before (such as Point Break), you don't have to worry about a thing. It's just pure fun.
The film also stars Michelle Rodriguez (S.W.A.T.) as Dominic's girlfriend, Letty; Ted Levine (The Silence of the Lambs) as Sgt. Tanner, and singer Ja Rule in a small cameo as a contestant against Dominic.
If you like cars - this movie is for you. Sure, the cars in this movie
are not what an ordinary European lad would regard as decent, some of
the parts are quite alluring (T66 with NOS you know... ;-)) but among
the car bodies there are some that look way too stereotype (Honda
The story is entertaining, though rarely sophisticated. This, I guess, is the reason for why someone reader of IMDb commented that in this movie Vin's talent was wasted. I consent to this to quite some degree and really suggest to those of you, who haven't already familiarized themselves with the work of this convincing actor to do so as soon as there is a chance to.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I love ''The Fast and the Furious''. Many people are criticizing it in
a bad way, saying that this movie have ruined the street car culture
among other things.Well, I can't judge very much because I am not(yet)
a car expert, but I can say that what this movie did was show to other
people who never saw or heard anything like that, another reality that
they are not used to see or hear. I became much more interesting in
cars(specially tuning them) after watching ''The Fast and the
Furious''and a whole new world have become a reality to me. Vin Diesel
is awesome and hot (as usual)as the character Toretto,the respected
leader of a famous street gang that is under suspicion of stealing
expensive electronic equipments. The plot itself is not a profound or a
big thing, but the cars and the races in this movie are really awesome!
You gotta love or hate it! :)
This is a great movie. Far from being superficial pulp, this movie has a complex plot. Vin Diesel's performance is tremendous; his screen presence is dominating. He succeeds in carrying the movie. Although the movie contains lots of glitz, it also tells a story that deals with themes such as loyalty and betrayal. The rest of the cast is excellent too, especially Jordana Brewster and Paul Walker. Michelle Rodriguez is as usual wonderful. It would be easy to dismiss this movie as being little more than a live action cartoon, but the movie really is full of surprises. It has several intensely dramatic scenes, some of the most incredible car chase scenes, and some deeply esoteric verbal exchanges fraught with emotion. Whether it's Vin Diesel pouting or Paul Walker being heroic, the results are same: nonstop action, intense dialog, and interesting characters, all of which together produce great entertainment. It's more than just about automobiles.
This movie, has by far the best car racing scenes ever filmed, as well as the best cars. They are gorgeous machines, and these guys certainly can drive them. Great story, not just another Gone in Sixty Seconds where all they did was steal cars, there actually weren't very many race scenes as you might expect, but every shot is filled with cars, and lots of them. The acting is great as well, as usual Vin Diesel gives a brilliant performance, as Dominic Toretto. It has already earned a massive following, and when you leave the theaters you will be filed with such a massive adrenaline rush, that you and all your buddies will be left with the feeling that you must go out and race. Everybody I have talked to have said the same thing, it just has this crazy adrenaline rush it gives you. I highly recommend this to all fans of cars, and racing, but it has something for everybody so see it even if you are not a fan of either, bottom line, just see it!!!!!!
It begins with a spectacular action scene where three Honda Civics execute a
high-speed highjacking of a cargo truck, and from there, the action never
stops. With The Fast and the Furious, director Rob Cohen seeks to capture
and thrill the audience with a booming soundtrack and non-stop action, and
he seems to have succeeded.
The film follows officer Brian O'Connor as he infiltrates a street-racing gang in order to capture the drivers of the three enigmatic Hondas, which have been terrorizing truck drivers in Los Angeles. The gang is led by ex-racer Dominic Toretto. Toretto immediately takes a liking to O'Connor, while his gang seems a bit skeptic. Toretto's right-hand man Vince is O'Connor's main problem, as he suspects the truth about his identity from the very beginning.
The plot is slightly dry, as the movie incorporates many typical aspects of other films of the genre. For example, there's the fact that Toretto is the only one to trust O'Connor. The rest of his gang except for, of course, Vince, quickly follows him. Then there's the whole falling-in-love-with-the-sister-of-the-guy-I'm-about-to-get-arrested subplot. And then there are your typical problems from rival gangs and the hero's attempt to prove himself by striking against them. Yet despite the many stereotypical aspects of the script, the well-developed characters and interesting relationships save the movie from becoming just another heap of typical Hollywood sensationalism.
The movie features strong acting, as the actors work well together and compliment each other's performances. This is only Michelle Rodriguez' second major performance since her film debut in the independent drama Girl Fight, which was a hit at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Not just another bad girl, Rodriguez shows a strong acting ability, which is apparent in her portrayal of Lena. Vin Diesel is also a fairly good actor who seems to be climbing through the ranks of Hollywood. Best known for his role in the failed science-fiction thriller Pitch Black, Diesel sports a memorable attitude and strong screen presence that promise to make him a contender for future stardom. Opting to cast less known, yet strong actors instead of more commercially viable ones, Rob Cohen has created a well-rounded cast, which gives the movie its fresh attitude and memorable mood.
Yet it is the action scenes that are the real stars of the movie. Featuring three races and four equally spectacular action sequences, the movie delivers fast and furious action from beginning to end. Accompanied by a rocking soundtrack, the action sequences are put together by flawless editing and elaborate stunts, effectively creating a maddening adrenaline rush in any viewer.
A long time producer and Harvard graduate, Cohen has achieved success a director, with movies such as Dragonheart, The Skulls, Daylight, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (which he also wrote and starred in) and several episodes of the series Miami Vice. He is also a screenwriter and has had small roles in some of his movies. He plays a pizza delivery boy in The Fast and The Furious.
Although the slight semblance of a plot does not make this something for the serious moviegoer, the relentless action more than makes up for it. Not too long and filled with fantastic cars and non-stop entertainment, The Fast and the Furious will leave you dazed and breathless.
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