The fast and the furious
Faster than Gone in Sixty Seconds and more furious than Driven, The Fast and the Furious is a racing film aimed at a younger audience more concerned with tricked-out cars than stories of old-man redemption. Based in the world of illegal street racing, it tells the story of an undercover agent (Paul Walker) who must infiltrate this hip underworld of fast wheels and fast women in order to bust a hijacking ring. To these ends, he befriends a gang led by Vin Diesel and eventually earns their respect as a smart and savvy racer.
Of course, this setup leads to the typical "honor among thieves" story you'd expect: Walker gets too personally attached to the gang he will eventually have to betray, his chief busts his balls over it, and he falls in love with Diesel's sister (played by Jordana Brewster). By the end of the whole sordid affair, he will have to choose between duty and loyalty--and you can probably guess how he reconciles everything. This builds up to a rather boring ending, and the climax of the movie is an idiotic game of chicken between Diesel and Walker, who gun their cars and head for an oncoming train. It doesn't make much sense and comes out of the blue, making one wonder what is worse: the random acts of machismo, or the sappy soap opera garbage that develops between Walker and Brewster (when she finds out he's really a cop, he naturally gives her the "Yes, it was all a lie, but my feelings for you were real" speech).
Meanwhile, some of the action sequences are anticlimactic. For example, when a rival gang kills one of Diesel's friends, he goes on a vigilante spree of vengeance by chasing them in his car. But when he finally catches them, what does he do? He simply knocks them off their motorcycles, then considers his work done. Somehow I expected more from a character who is an ex-con and enraged at the death of a close friend. The Crow would have been disappointed. Also serving as a buzzkill is the formula some of the races fall into: two cars are going neck and neck, someone pushes a nitro button, and BAM--they suddenly pull ahead and win.
These faults aside, there's a lot that makes The Fast and the Furious an engaging movie that can be enjoyed on a pure adrenaline level. The racing lives up to the film's title despite the cheesiness of the nitro scenes, and when the cars come to life, special effects let us follow the camera's rollercoaster perspective at it surfs through the internal mechanics of the vehicles. The sheer speed depicted is enough to get audiences going, and a well-matched soundtrack and slinking women on the sidelines add to the overall atmosphere. The scenes in which modified Hondas are used to hijack big rigs are particularly good, with the cars swerving beneath the trucks at insane speeds.
While the characters are mostly one-dimensional, the actors are adequate. Michelle Rodriguez (Girlfight) has a modest role as Diesel's girlfriend, but she brings a lot of cool attitude to the group as the gang's most showoff driver. She talks smack to all the guys, and when she thinks another woman is putting the moves on her man, she goes the catfight route, sniffing near the other girl and asking, "Is that skank I smell?"
Vin Diesel gives the only other noteworthy performance. This is an actor who can make just about any character interesting, no matter how formulaic they may seem on paper. In Pitch Black, he played convicted killer Riddick with a compelling mix of cruelty and compassion--twisted, but
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The fast and the furious
I bougth this DVD for my son.It enjoyed him so much.Having converted most of my old video collection to DVD I was thrilled to find this film gem in digital format. If you watch this in widescreen format, it really does the battle scene great justice; coupled with surround sound, you'll be gripped by the amazing cinematography. I would recommend the director's cut that includes scenes about the relationship between the lead character and his estranged wife and helps you to understand the motivation behind his decision. The run time is 183 minutes for the directors cut and 120 minutes for the cinema version. I was, however, disappointed by the lack of extras, which any fan of this classic would expect to be included. There's only a 20-minute interview with the director and other shot "making-of" vignettes.
It was one of those films that, gave some fresh air into the filming world.
It's an action film based on the underground world that would be known as 'street' racing. A good film in the sense that when you first watch it, you never know who is 'behind' what is happening. They give subtle hints here and there, but the overal suspense is kept well throughout, Vin Diesel plays a good part and plays it well, based upon the 'tough guy' role, Paul Walker on the otherhand is the 'cool cop' easy going dude, who never really looses his cool.
If you like action films and fancy something different then this is it. If you like it, then they made a sequel named 2 Fast 2 Furious, and a 3rd named Fast And Furious Tokyo Drift (which acording to some isn't that great), and very recently released Fast And Furious (the 4th installment with the original cast from the 1st in the set). So those will keep you busy if you do intend to go on.
Storyline isn't too bad, although some parts are a little dull and somewhat stupid "If I win I, get your car and the respect" naaah, that just doesn't sound right within the street world.
If anyone has just bought it then Enjoy the film!
The Fast And The Furious (DVD 2002)
The best movie of the summer does not have CGI dinosaurs, exploding World War II battleships and actors in monkey suits. Instead, it has a load of cars, a cast of unknowns and a script that seems lifted verbatim from a 1950s B-movie. Yet "The Fast and the Furious" still manages to boast more action, sex and adrenaline than "Pearl Harbor", "Jurassic Park III", and "Planet of the Apes" combined.
Director Rob Cohen's game plan is simple. Where this year's other blockbusters aimed high and fell short, his succeeds by setting its sights low and reaching them comfortably.
Rookie whitebread cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) is ordered to infiltrate a team of fearless bandits who hijack trucks on the open highway in their souped-up imported cars. But first, he must win the trust of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), a leading light in Los Angeles' illegal street racing circuit. The deeper Brian digs, the more he is drawn to this high-speed, high-risk world, especially after falling for Dominic's lovely sister Mia (Jordana Brewster).
Cue a relentless barrage of auto-vehicular mayhem, which gives the aptly named Diesel plenty of room to showcase his muscular, gravel-voiced charisma.
There's nothing daring or high concept about this shamelessly derivative slice of teenage schlock. What it does offer is a visceral, high-octane, Formula One of a flick that puts the pedal to the metal in the opening minutes and does not take the foot off the accelerator until the end credits. Eat your heart out, Jeremy Clarkson!
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fast and furious
well i bought this dvd for my son who absolutely loves fast paced action films and fast cars and he loves this films, he likes the all american muscle cars and also the ultra modern japanese nitrous evo type my self i would rate this not as good as the orignal but better than the new sequel tokyo drift but all in all its a good entertaining film and thats what you want i bought it for the same reason that most people buy off ebay it was cheap and delivered fairly quickly
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