The Fast and the Furious ★★½

So, this is actually a pretty bad movie. It's poorly paced and structured, the acting and dialogue are terrible, and it doesn't really seem to have much of a point. But a couple of intense action sequences make it watchable, plus -- and this is the important bit -- knowing what these characters, these actors, and this franchise evolve into, it's entertaining and worthwhile retroactively as a result.