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Fast and the Furious

A movie directed by Rob Cohen

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High octane, poor acting

  • May 4, 2009
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Dominic Toretto: "Just like old times."

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) pumps adrenaline, this time in the fuel hijacking business.
2. The action is high-octane and highly impossible, but immensely enjoyable.
3. Things start to get too hot
4. The gang splits up, but things don't work out so well for at least one of them.
5. Toretto's out for vengeance (haven't we heard this before?)
6. He crosses paths again with Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) which leads to (drum roll) an exciting no holds barred car race or two.
7. Same old, same old ... and more of the same coming in movie five.

Movie four in the franchise gives more fast cars, wild car chases, bad boys and girls and a modicum of plot to link the driving scenes together. This time we're talking drug dealers and border crossings.

They could have saved a few modicums and some giggles from the audience by cutting the scenes with stone-faced Diesel trying to look tender and emotional - he's just not into that sort of thing.

Not recommended for anyone who's not into fast cars, strong silent macho types and rudimentary storylines.

Amanda Richards, May 3, 2009

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May 05, 2009
You know that Hollywood has run out of good ideas when they not only resort to sequels, but use the exact same title as the first film minus the two thes. :)
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THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS is a nitro-burning joyride that makes outstanding use of special effects, innovative camera work, and a nonstop throbbing soundtrack. From the opening sequence--a high-speed, high-tech truck robbery--the film never drops below the red line. Roaring along at breakneck speed, Dom (Vin Diesel) and his crew meet on the streets of L.A. each night to show off their high-powered racers. When new guy Brian (Paul Walker) wants to add his fuel to the fire, he can't cough up the cash to race, but offers up his car as collateral. In their tiny jacked compacts, Dom, Brian, and Edwin (Ja Rule) burst into a high-gear race with Brian nearly beating perennial champion Dom. But in the final moments, he loses the race and his car. Brian's debt is quickly cleared, however, when he saves Dom both from the cops and from a potentially violent encounter with Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), a rival gang lord. Dom takes Brian under his wing--a decision that disgusts his gang but delights his sister Mia (Jordana ...
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Director: Rob Cohen
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: June 18, 2001
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Gary Scott Thompson
DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
Runtime: 100 minutes
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