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The Fast and the Furious (2001)


The one that started all the car-craze nonsense.

Aptly named Vin Diesel stars in this high-octane action-adventure as Domenic Toretto, a Los Angeles street racer suspected of masterminding a series of big-rig hijackings. When undercover cop Brian Spindler (Paul Walker) infiltrates Toretto’s iconoclastic crew, he falls for Toretto’s sister (Jordana Brewster) and must choose a side: the gang or the LAPD.

So looking at this film as a whole, The Fast and the Furious is about street-racing, and let me tell you there is a lot of that.

The one thing about this film is that it’s mindless entertainment, and doesn’t try to be anything else. The stunt-work is awesome, with a lot of crazy scenes here that almost reminded me of 90’s action thriller classics like Point Break or Speed, so even when the story is pretty bad, they can still rely on these awesome action scenes that will really have you entertained. This is what a B-Picture is all about: fast cars, big action, loud music, and every single awesome action sequence kicking more ass than the last one.

Now the main problem with this film is when all the racing, cars, and sexy girls are gone, the film starts to become unintentionally laughable. This film has a lot of, and I do repeat, a lot of cliches here. I mean there are certain lines here that I have heard before, and what’s even worse is the characters themselves. Each and every one of these characters are cliches themselves. You got the undercover cop who ends up loving what he was assigned to do in the first place, the bad-ass leader, and of course the sexy chick that comes in between it all. I have seen this all before, and nothing here is any different except for the fact that the action is pretty awesome.

Even though these characters are all pretty paper-thin, somehow the cast tries their best. Vin Diesel is good as Domenic Toretto who uses his scary look to his advantage. Even though Vin gets a lot of shit talked on about his acting, I still think he’s good because he is actually able to make his character seem even more scary by the emotions on his face. Paul Walker is a lame actor, but he’s OK here as Brian Spindler, the cop who’s torn between love and doing the right thing. So so so cheesy. Jordana Brewster is hot, but also good as Mia, but some of the lines she has are just so bad that I couldn’t help but laugh. And of course, what would an action film be without Michelle Rodriguez here being the bad bitch that she is in every film. Poor girl, she can never be a doctor in a film now.

Consensus: Loud, aggressive, dumb, stupid, and ultimately entertaining, The Fast and the Furious may have huge problems with its script, but it will keep you excited the whole time with it’s B-Level thrills to give you the ultimate guilty pleasure feel.

5.5/10=Rental!!

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8 responses to “The Fast and the Furious (2001)

  1. Ronan May 1, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Isn’t this the kind of Hollywood trash that is practically cinematically engineered to make as much money as possible whatever it takes? And what it takes is usually too much of the last thing I want. Those cars are pretty cool though. Can’t believe they managed to drag 5 films out of this. Have you seen Tokyo Drift? Nice summing up.

  2. Ipodman May 2, 2011 at 2:51 am

    I think I like it more than you… In fact I love this movie, I would give it a 9!

    The only thing that bugs me is Michelle’s acting.. she’s the same character in everything she appears in lol. And her character dies most of the time :/

  3. Zach May 2, 2011 at 10:09 am

    I liked it a little more than you, but excellent review man :)

  4. nothatwasacompliment May 2, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    I was exposed to this series for the first time this weekend when I watched about an hour of Fast & Furious…not to be confused with THE Fast and THE Furious. I guess what I saw was the 4th in the series.

    It definitely falls in the category of mindless entertainment. In fact, I found it to be more tolerable when I had the sound muted at one point. I can understand the appeal for some folks – hot cars, hot people – but I think the hour I saw was plenty for me.

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