Fast & Furious ★★

Slick and glossy surface; expectedly thin plot and one-dimensional, stereotypical characters under the hood. The action scenes are at least moderately effective and quite impressively staged, with the promising opening sequence being particularly well executed and exciting. Weak and artificial low-key moments, and there are arguably too many of them in the movie. The scene in which the main character is standing at a grave is strikingly composed. While the ending does not really feel like a proper ending, it is nevertheless fairly satisfactory on some level. Stylish, atmospheric cinematography. Mediocre performances by Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in the lead roles, although the former’s screen presence is not insignificant; John Ortiz and Laz Alonso are appropriately slimy and menacing as the two main villains. Directed by Justin Lin.