Films featuring varying levels of obvious and less obvious homoeroticism.
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…
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…
Harmless fun, relatively good-natured. It’s a simplified rip-off of Point Break with far less police action and even less intelligence, but it’s quite fun. Paul Walker makes for a likable hero, even if he’s somewhat bland. Vin Diesel is also good as the leader of the gang Paul Walker infiltrates, even though his casting is sort of like movies where they try to cast Nicole Kidman or Catherine Zeta Jones as someone warm and likable. You just can’t take him seriously as a BAD BOY, he radiates nice guy dorkiness. Michelle Rodriguez is as unpleasant as always, though fortunately she has very little to do here.The car chases are well-filmed if forgettable, though the climax is fairly memorable as it…
IS this really necessary??
Still one of the best in the franchise, at this point it's a cult classic and a bit of a guilty pleasure but i still love it over what the franchise has now become.
It was different at the time. Bit weak compared to the recent batch of sequels.
Probably overrating this, but I kinda dig the trashiness Cohen brings to it and I'm charmed by how-- when you remove this from the mammoth franchise it spawned-- it's pretty insignificant and cheap-looking.
It's tricky to review this film. The CGI's crap, the writing is terrible, the whole thing is paper-thin and dated - but yet it's still a lot of fun, and it's spawned SEVEN sequels - the most recently released one ranked #6 on the all time box office worldwide chart - which speaks highly for the longevity of the franchise. Stupid but fun. (Can't wait for Gal Gadot to crop up though.)
Terribly slow start with so much cringe, but then, and I don't know how this happened, but /somehow/ it got me. I think when Paul Walker's character --- SPOILER ALERT but honestly this movie came out 15 years ago so if you haven't seen it yet please calm yourself, I am not putting this under a spoiler warning for this minor detail --- was revealed to be a cop undercover. But honestly, I have no excuse. This isn't very good, poor feminism, it fails all the tests you can probably think of, but ah whatever. I am rooting for Vin Diesel and Paul Walker to smooch at least once because there were some real longing looks.
(this is the trashiest review, because that's how I roll)
At 15, this movie is starting to get laughably dated. The primary racing sequence deploys a wormhole, sci-fi inspired element that seems like an interesting way to focus on each character, but detracts from the 'fast' part of the title. Paul Walker looks like a baby, and Vin Diesel is tiny. The fashion is incredibly dated but almost back in fashion at the same time, and instead of a score, there's a huge dependency on rap-rock and Ja-Rule.
But the charm of the Fast and Furious franchise is there; the antagonistic friendship of Dom and Brian, the shit talking, the weird 'Toretto-isims' and the nice quiet moments of family. All the dated distractions give way to the final race sequence…
kinda like being there when Jesus was born I'm guessing
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definitely not a complete list