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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.
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…
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…
Completely devoid of any real, human interaction, almost fascinatingly stupid and just an incredibly awful, awful movie that I’m still glad exists.
One or two of the action setpieces work – primarily the first drag race when Paul Walker and Vin Diesel are driving at lightspeed because of a little red NOS button that came straight out of a video game – and though it’s the most colorful of the series, and there’s some unintentionally amazing homoerotic undertones going on, Cohen just isn’t competent enough to stage any of this in interesting ways and doesn’t come even remotely close to embracing the level of dumbness this film needed. I like the fact that it’s earnest, but Cohen’s inability to see…
Part 1 of ONE LAST RIDE
Beyond stupid, but it's almost as if the filmmakers actually took the material seriously. No, they actually did. The cold and emotionless line-delivery from Vin Diesel is a lot funnier than it should be, and I got way too many homoerotic vibes during this macho orgy of sweat and cars.
But damn if I didn't have fun with it. Some of the cheesy racing sequences are a joy to sit through, even if they're dated beyond belief (phew, that CGI). The one at the end involving the Asian gangsters was particularly entertaining, especially considering it's the only time where there's actual stakes. But sadly after this, the movie just ends, leaving the audience with…
Fast cars, chases, crashes, chicks and plenty of action. Better than I expected.
Point Break with cars. WHICH EQUALS EPICNESS.
A few things to take issue with:
- some glaring plot holes...not the least being Dom's absurd acceptance of Brian's explanation for breaking into the shop and snooping around
-an odd and confused jump into the climactic act without any setup
- and certainly a complete Point Break rip off,
but, on the whole,
pretty entertaining and much better than I remember
I'm going for it -- one through seven -- living my life a quarter-mile at a time.
SCENES WITH VIN DIESEL SMILING: 17
SCENES WITH SKYDIVING/SPECIAL FORCES SKILLS: 0
This is the first F&F film I've ever seen, I know Im coming a bit late to the franchise, but I can only hope that the rest are anywhere as good as this one. The stunts and action are fantastic and I was instantly drawn to and invested in the characters. Now we see if the next 7 films can live up. Looking forward to the ride.
-Not as bad as I had expected it to.
-Dumb and stupid story.
-But the action sequences are very well crafted. It made the whole thing so much better and engaging.
-Brilliant and curious use of sound in some moments.
-Diesel is perfect for the role. Quite cheesy though.
-Paul Walker, on the other, delivered one of the worst acting I've ever seen!!!!
The Fast and Furious Movie Review #46 💢Warning Spoilers💢 Since the new one came out recently I decided to check this out since I haven't seen any of them! Did I enjoy it? Let's find out! The story involves an police officer trying to get close to a group who would illegally race cars, but what happens when he wants to actually join them. The basis of the story was unique at the time and interesting. I don't feel as the delivery of it was the best but the story was there. The acting has two main actors who stand out. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker. Walker does a great job as the undercover police officer turned "gang" member. He…
Thus began my foray into the Fast and Furious world. It was enjoyable! And a little weird. Still excited to watch the rest.
This plays out exactly like it is. An out of touch 50 something year old Jew's idea of what cool is for young people circa 1997. It's out of touch, lame, and comically racist in parts. The culture that Cohen suggests for these characters is an odd mixture of lower class loving (the grace thing is weirdly pronounced) and disgust. It seems to be aiming for family and achieves plastic artifice. I essentially only watched this due to the cult this series has produced and this leaves a lot to want. The surprisingly good soundtrack and the homoerotic tension between Walker and Diesel though make it a perfectly okay waste of 100 minutes.
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