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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…
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…
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?"
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…
My relationship with this series is a bit of a divisive one. For the first four films, I watched each one the year the film was released, if for no other reason than to enjoyable some mindless bit of car racing/chasing action. By film 4, which was easily the worst of the series, I decided to call it quits with the series and didn't bother to see 5 and 6 until 7 came out (with admittedly the off-screen tragedy of Paul Walker's death making me curious to see how the final film would turn out). Turns out I actually missed quite a bit, as the latter three films reinvented the series and made for terrific action entertainment.
It's somewhat fascinating…
my favorite films of all time are the Fast And Furious films.
Marathon Time #1 but in Chroncologcal order.
The Fast and the Furious is basically a dumb muscle car movie trying to be a serious crime drama, with a little bit of Mad Max thrown in for good measure.
I thought the fast and the furious was a great movie leading up to the whole franchise.. I think the acting was very well done as well as the cast and character chemistry I highly recommend this movie.
R.I.P Paul Walker
The charismatic leads carry the film almost completely as the plot is derivative and predictable and the action while competently shot isn’t as exciting or interesting as it should be. It feels more dated than it should, coming off as an early 90’s film in all the worst ways despite being released in 2001. Michelle Rodriguez is surprisingly likeable here, given her usual movie roles are often unpleasant gruff caricatures but she is unfortunately underutilized. All in all it’s a mediocre action film with a few decent lines and a few decent car chases.
Better than I thought it would be. But I can just skip ahead to Fast 5, right?
Point Break With Cars? Yeah pretty much. The first fast and furious is a fucking solid movie.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Kind of a boring movie with none of the humour of the later films of the franchise. It's a shame.
I really don't like films where I'm supposed to be rooting for people who are unequivocally violent criminals. I don't care if Vin Diesel is good to his friends, he beat the shit out of a guy with a wrench, killed truckers who were only doing their jobs and stole thousands of dollars of merchandise. How am I supposed to enjoy him riding off free at the end? It's very weird.
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