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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…
Those were the humble beginnings as a mix of mid-budget exploitation movie and undercover cop drama for teens. It’s watchable, even more than once, but not exactly great.
Having heard that this series has actually matured into something pretty decent recently, I thought I would start at the beginning and see how it goes. I vaguely remember watching this film many, many years ago but I gave up after the second installment.
This film is certainly not terrible but neither is at really good. It's middle of the road with some good races and a story bolstered slightly by a few short but nice character moments - the bbq scene for example.
I'll see how the rest of the series goes but at this early stage I don't see anything spectacular. Just mediocre
Cheesy and jumbled and a bit too fast for its pace to get through development, unless if you turn your brain off and and enjoy drag car races, action set pieces and strong chemistry between Vin Diesel Paul Walker, The Fast and The Furious is one hell of a fun ride.
That scene where Paul Walker was calling in an ambulance for the hurt guy and revealed he was a cop and Vin Diesel was all getting angry, was actually pretty good.
Cars. Pretty women. A fearless attitude. The film and franchise that makes life seem so wonderfully simple.
Although the film won't be remembered for how much of a classic it was, it will for sure be remembered as the movie that launched the career of the late Paul Walker and how it kickstarted Vin Diesel's.
A "fast" paced action film, The Fast and the Furious successfully shows off racing nightlife with a relatable and colorful cast and makes the spectacle of beautiful cars flying down night roads surprisingly interesting.
The film that started the greatest street-racing franchise in modern cinema. See it today.
The Fast and the Furious has become a little dated over almost 15 years but for the most part the film has stayed fairly relevant. The action is great in the film and only inspired better action and stunts in the later movies. This movie is solid and makes you interested the see more and lots more were coming. The film launches the success of the late Paul Walker and action star Vin Diesel and is the start of an era that still continues.
The Fast and Furious is a racing movie, with crime, that also serves thrills and spills all over the workshop. This is the kind of movie we so often dislike but for me, this isn't dislikeable and is actually an OK piece of film, a kind of "give it a go" kind of movie. The whole show is pretty well made and no one can deny the stunts involved aren't fantastically done, and the plot is actually not half bad at all.
Brian O'Conner(Paul Walker) is a cop racing in street races, trying to infiltrate racing gangs and the like, and to be fair Walker does it kind of nicely. I did feel out of the main cast that Walker…
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