The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Release Date: June 22, 2001
Runtime: 1 hour 46 minutes
Director: Rob Cohen
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez
Rewatched: December 23, 2013
The first installment of the street racing franchise establishes the all too familiar undercover cop ruse to infiltrate a racing gang to gain information. The late Paul Walker plays Brian O’Conner a LAPD officer that goes undercover and befriends the leader of a local racing crew, Dominic “Dom” Toretto (Vin Diesel). While undercover Brian falls for Dom’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and he must decided where his loyalties lie, to Dom or to the police.
This film has an abundance of fast cars that are sleek and sexy…ya know if you’re into that sort of thing… The camera work was very well done as to not make you feel car sick or dizzy trying to keep up with races. Soundtrack was A++ gave it the classic ’00s feel with the backtrack of the scene being accompanied by Ja Rule’s Hip Hop freestyles. While the plot is predictable, the film is just plain fun. Fast cars and illegal plots and backstabbing just make it enjoyable to watch. It’s not trying to be anything than what it is and that’s what makes it great. The cast gave good performances and worked well together but let’s not kid ourselves, it’s the action scenes that really make this movie and is what keeps the audience engaged.
Film Rating: 6/10
Film Re-watchability: 7/10
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Release Date: June 6, 2003
Runtime: 1 hour 47 minutes
Director: John Singelton
Stars: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes
Watched: December 22, 2013
The sequel to comes in a bit 2 fast and 2 furious for it to really be taken seriously, but I don’t think it was supposed to be. The plot of this film is essentially the same with now ex-cop Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) going undercover this time with childhood friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) to find some “dirty” money for the guys at U.S. Customs.
More fast cars, girls, action and definitely more fun! I have to admit I wasn’t expecting much from this one but I found myself actually enjoying it. It’s just harmless fun to watch street racing and perhaps even more of a treat to watch Tyrese Gibson try to act. Though he did have some funny lines. There wasn’t much substance to film as one would probably think but there wasn’t a shortage of cheap thrills to help you get through it. Music again was used quite well, it just makes you wish that you had a tricked out ride with Nos and a $1000 dollar sound system.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Release Date: June 16, 2006
Runtime: 1 hour 44 minutes
Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Lucas Black, Zachery Ty Bryan, Bow Wow
Watched: December 23, 2013
The third film takes on a totally different vibe than the first 2 of the series. With a whole new cast and characters not to mention location this film brings forth something fresh. That’s not saying that this movie is amazing because it’s not but it does have it’s moments.
This film follows a country teen, Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) to Tokyo after getting into some trouble with the law. He is sent to live with his father in Japan to avoid serving time in juve in America. While in Tokyo, Sean meets Twinkie (Bow Wow) who shows him the world of race drifting. From there he gets mixed up with the top player known as the DK (drift king) and must learn that you can’t run every time you get caught.
You can tell with this film that technology has definitely changed between the first film up to this one. Everything just seems so much smoother and more cohesive regarding actual filming but script wise, dialogue is pretty lame and again not much substance that will make anything stick other than the races. The bit at the end I thought was a cute way to merge all 3 films together. Really the same ‘ole shtick with different faces. I felt this one was targeting perhaps the younger audience more towards teens than of young to mid adults. Not terrible but most likely this film won’t get a second watch from most.