Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Review: Fast and Furious

Grade: B-

New Model, Original Parts. That’s how they kept advertising the new Fast and Furious movie, indicating that they got the original cast back for this new installment, that original cast being Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Paul Walker and Michelle Rodriguez. To a point this is true, but Jordana Brewster is only in it sporadically and doesn’t really have a major part and Michelle Rodriguez dies is the first fifteen minutes of the movie. No, I am not giving anything away as that is a major plot point, but still, fifteen minutes and she’s gone, so really they got back Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. I am ok with this as it is nice to see Vin Diesel back in movies after taking what seems like close to three years off.

In the movie Letty, played by Michelle Rodriguez, is murdered which brings Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, back to the states in order to find her killer and seek revenge. Meanwhile, Brian O’Connor is back with the FBI and is working on a case to find and stop a heroin smuggler who is somehow bringing in large amounts of heroin undetected, he finds a clue that to get closer to the smuggler he must enter and win a race because the smuggler is looking for the best drivers, and wouldn’t you know it, Toretto finds out that the way to find Letty’s killer is to enter and win the same race. Toretto wins but Brian manages to find a way to get a spot on this driving team.

The movie really was enjoyable and the action in it was very entertaining and fun to watch. The races around the city, with traffic, are exciting and the dash across the Mexican desert was tense and thrilling. Vin Diesel was fantastic and as I said before I was just happy to see the man back in movies. Paul Walker was ok, I never really cared for his acting and he sure hasn’t seemed to improve. Michelle Rodriguez was great for the ten minutes and three lines she spoke. Jordana Brewster was good in the sporadic scenes she was in, where her character Mia, Toretto’s sister, reignites her love slowly with Brian. As far as I can tell this movie actually takes place before the events in Tokyo Drift for a number of reasons, mainly that in the first action packed scene of the movie that is in all the trailers were they are stealing the Gasoline tanks in transit, one of the drivers is actor Sung Kang reprising his role as Han Lue from Tokyo Drift. Then in the next scene Han says that he hears of some new stuff going on in Tokyo, so he might check that out. Also, Han, if you haven’t seen Tokyo Drift yet this is a SPOILER ALERT, dies towards the end of the movie, then at the very end Toretto shows up and says he used to know Han. So really this is The Fast and the Furious 2.5 instead of 4.

Basically this movie doesn’t really show anything new involving these characters and doesn’t really break any new ground in terms of movies like this or the franchise it’s self. Although the action is good and it is still a fun movie to watch especially if you enjoy the franchise.

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