Where did you get that from? Papa Smurf?
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.
I don't get it. I never have. I've never been interested. I don't drive. I don't really want to.
I don't like car racing. I'd rather staple my bollocks to my leg than watch Formula One, the tedious spectacle du turd that it is. And I don't like car racing films.
So obviously, when you're in my position, what's the first thing you do when you're planning a month of action films? Well, you decide to watch all of The Fast And The Furious series. OBVIOUSLY. IT ALL MAKES PERFECT SENSE. I could use the excuse that I've been internet bullied into watching them by my mate Dave on Twitter because he's insistent that the latter half…
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…
in high school i had a lazy driver's ed teacher and he let us watch this and GONE IN 60 SECONDS while he talked to his girlfriend on the phone instead of taking a final. i remember being embarrassed that i was into vin diesel and my friends fawned over paul walker. anyway, this is one of the cutest movies ever made, like the dorky 13yr old brother of POINT BREAK if POINT BREAK had been made in the 70's. yes, it could have been sillier or looked a bit more exciting but i care about that just as much as paul walker seems to care about being a cop
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?"
I first watched this film a year ago while massively jetlagged to fuck and wasn't feeling it all. This time was completely different! The Fast and the Furious is a brilliant piece of earnest entertainment - if you go into it with intention of ripping the piss or turning your nose up, you're only hurting yourself.
It's great to watch a film with a diverse, multiracial cast that doesn't feel condescending as fuck. Plenty of entertaining subversion as far as gender goes, too. Despite being 15 years old, it kinda feels ahead of its time in many ways.
The acting is serviceable - the actors deliver a lot of quotable clangers with conviction in a way that reminds me of…
"I live my life a quarter mile at a time." Lulz.
Well, that was a Movie
"You almost had me? You never had me - you never had your car... Granny shiftin' not double clutchin' like you should. You're lucky that hundred shot of NOS didn't blow the welds on the intake! You almost had me?" Dominic Toretto
Somewhere between Dystopian Nightmare and Schlocky Car Porn sits The Fast and the Furious, twiddling its dick between its fingers and licking a photograph of Tony Hawk.
It's like a remake of Point Break only with cars.
A generic racing film with by-the-numbers action, hammy dialogue and comically dated effects in the first race. It was clearly made to be the 'lads' favourite film: fast cars, women, rock soundtrack, some guns and shit, the 'popular' Vin Diesel. Ends up being shallow.
Fast February! is my February project.
It's got lots of action films in it. I like action films.
I've always been interested in what other people are seeing and watching, and naturally, I love looking at Weekend Box…