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The Fast and the Furious
Live life 1/4 mile at a time.
Domenic Toretto is a Los Angeles street racer suspected of masterminding a series of big-rig hijackings. When undercover cop Brian O'Conner infiltrates Toretto's iconoclastic crew, he falls for Toretto's sister and must choose a side: the gang or the LAPD.
FURIOUS marathon to prep for FURIOUS 7 and upcoming Top 5 Fast & Furious Moments
Top 5 Contenders: N/A
Not Top 5 Contenders: Any Ja Rule scene... Paul Walker's horribly unconvincing lie explaining why he was prowling around a competitor's garage... Vin Diesel's insipid, uninspired (you know, by the story) family confession and "quarter mile at a time" speech.
Far more watchable than I remember it, but alas, no real revisionist history here. If you're going to rip off POINT BREAK that blatantly, then I'm going to say that, despite Walker's best Bill & Ted effort, Brian Spillner doesn't come anywhere close to matching Johnny Utah's earnest intensity or (much-needed, considering) sense of humor... Diesel left me longing for the charisma of Patrick Swayze... and it would have been nice to have even a hint of true internal conflict over Brian's attraction to Toretto's team and ethos. Suppose they'd actually have to give Toretto an ethos first.
Vaya con Dios, Brah.
A surprise hit of its year whose unexpected success spawned a franchise that continues to churn out sequels even to this date, The Fast and the Furious is the sole reason why both Vin Diesel & Paul Walker are a household name today and even if it seems a bit dated now, it's still capable of delivering a cinematic ride that's thrilling & fun for the most part.
The story of The Fast and the Furious is set in Los Angeles and follows an undercover cop who's assigned to find the gang responsible for stealing expensive electronic equipments, and uses his cover to infiltrate into this world of illegal street racing but soon begins having doubts about where his loyalties lie when…
Let's be honest, this film shouldn't work. It is stupid, shallow and lacking originality apart from perhaps the setting. It deals in stereotypes, dishes out action tropes by the second and has a plot as skinny as all the girls that apparently inhabit the realms of drag racing. On top of that it stars one of the most uncharismatic leading men ever produced in Hollywood.
Now, if you can't step over this you are bound to hate it. If you can, you're in for an enjoyable romp that provides just the right amount of testosterone induced adrenaline, making it entertaining enough to forgive it that it is a complete no-brainer.
Rob Cohen isn't the subtlest of directors, but his filmography…
Me: "What's the difference between a car and a woman?"
TFatF: "They both got sweet ass curves, and you can ride 'em both all night long, brah!"
Me: "No. The difference."
Me: "The difference. How are they different, distinct, dissimilar, disparate?"
. . .
TFatF: "The woman one cooks me food?"
Almost every night I put a film on my DvD player or whatever to “watch” while I fall asleep; usually I pick films I've already watched many times and I never log them on Letterboxd because I only end up watching 20 or 30 minutes of the film in question. Yesterday my pick was The Fast and the Furious and to my surprise I didn't fall asleep because of how entertaining and strangely stimulating it is. Normally I pick truly entertaining stuff like a random Tarantino film or a nostalgic childhood classic I've watched over 30 times and I still fall asleep so I don't really know what happened yesterday but the truth is that I couldn't take my eyes…
Part 1 of One Last Ride
"You never had me. You never had your car."
14 years ago, in a (mall) theater in Laughlin, Nevada, I sat with my brother and my mother in a quiet, empty theater watching Cats & Dogs. My dad had it easy because he was in another theater watching The Fast and the Furious, an action movie about street racing. After my brother, mother, and I figured that we had suffered enough torture at the hands of Cats & Dogs, we decided to pay my dad’s theater a “visit” and join him to watch the remaining minutes of this new street racing movie.
When we got into his theater, the movie was…
This ends so abruptly you'd think it was a Hitchcock film!
The truck heist near the end is pretty exciting, but I can understand why my brother fell asleep while watching the stuff that came before. Maybe if you're really into cars and drag racing, it'll appeal to you, but the cinematography and special effects leave a lot to be desired. I kind of think they were trying too hard to make the plot...a plot. This kind of movie needs more action and less exposition.
I heard that the later ones are entertaining. I'm guessing it doesn't happen until the fourth installment, but I'm a completist, so I've got to watch them all.
Last night I was feeling somewhat masochistic, so I watched Rob Cohen's 2001 action opus The Fast & The Furious. I expected the film to be pretty dire, and it was - and yet I found it perversely charming, too. It's a simple story of an undercover cop (Paul Walker) who infiltrates a gang of street racers/hijackers led by Vin Diesel. Walker's character finds himself developing considerable empathy for Diesel and his gang, particularly his sister, who becomes the film's romantic interest.
The plot, such as it is, exists only as an excuse to put gorgeous cars on display and race them in quarter-miles through the streets of Los Angeles or in the desert. It's an unapologetic advertisement for the American…
This is a series that definitely got better with age, but this first film in the series is enjoyable in a fairly vacant way. It's tough to buy that Walker is anything like a halfway decent cop given his ridiculous behavior, but then again, this film hardly takes place in the real world, so you can forgive a certain amount of nonsense.
the only thing that was fast and furious was me turning off the fucking dvd player. Vin Diesel was good though
A genuinely gripping action flick, it's not high art and Paul Walker was an unintentionally funny leading man, however every set piece has more invention than most modern blockbusters.
Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster starts this unlikely franchise. Based on an article about street racing, before the series became more like video games.
Every minute of this movie feels dated, from the floppy disks, the fashion, the paint jobs, Ja Rule being included in the soundtrack (and cast). And with the exception of Vin Diesel, the acting is pretty horrible all around.
Yet there's still something about this movie that manages to keep me entertained for the duration, probably nostalgia. The story is actually pretty well-written, and the action is...well also pretty dated. And having only seen the first three films in the series, I can't claim any real attachment to any of these characters. So yeah, has to be nostalgia.
And I don't care how many parts you bolt onto your Toyota Supra, you're not beating that Ferrari.
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