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Fast And Furious

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Vin restarts his engine...

"How long have we been doing this?” sighs Michelle Rodriguez at the start of Fast & Furious, a question audiences may be asking themselves as burly baldie Vin Diesel reunites with bland blondie Paul Walker for a fourth helping of gas-guzzling auto-porn.

In truth, it’s been eight years since Diesel’s ex-con Dom first went up against Walker’s dogged cop Brian in The Fast And The Furious. Paul returned for 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious, while Vin popped up at the end of 2006’s otherwise negligible The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift.

But F&F marks their joint comeback to the franchise that made their names, with Jordana Brewster and Rodriguez also returning to the fold as their respective love interests Mia and Letty.

That is the chief point of interest in Justin Lin’s film, which otherwise presents a carbon-copy of its predecessors’ slightly camp blend of taciturn machismo, sneering villainy and tyre-squealing, clutch-crunching mayhem.

Since the leads always played second fiddle to their four-wheeled co-stars, it feels odd to place such stock in them being back in the driving seat. It’s also something of a swizz, one of the original quartet making such a hasty exit in the first act it temporarily puts the entire movie in neutral.

This messy departure provides a convenient catalyst for what follows, Dominic and Brian reluctantly teaming up to bring down a shady drug lord using street racers to smuggle his heroin across the US-Mexican border.

In order to land a spot on his crew, Walker and Diesel compete in a free-for-all road race across LA that, an opening raid on a fuel-laden road train notwithstanding, gives the flick its most satisfying set-piece.

Alas, the car-nage that ensues is confined to a maze of underground tunnels, too dark and claustrophobic a setting to appreciate stunt scenes already made hard to follow by the epileptic editing.

Neil Smith

Verdict:

Slick action, hot hardware, shame about the screenplay… Still, it’s the best since the original TFATF, and fans of Diesel’s gravel-voiced swagger will get a kick seeing him reprise the role that put him on the map.

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User Reviews

    • Jack24Bauer

      Apr 11th 2009, 1:13

      Everything you expect, much better than the past 2 sequels, but poor script fails to match the high jinx car action..

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    • Crush

      Apr 18th 2009, 12:27

      1

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    • ClatterOwls

      Apr 23rd 2009, 18:10

      4

      Overall a good film with a reasonable plot. If you liked any of the past 3 Fast And Furious its definatly one to watch. As usual loads of fast cars hot girls and action as always. For me the movie is a hit on the grounds of a good(4out of 5)soundtrack and good editing (not epileptic.)

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    • graham6

      May 11th 2009, 23:54

      4

      Brainless fun with no script = brilliant boys film.

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    • duncan1964

      May 15th 2009, 14:21

      2

      The original cast return in an entirely pointless sequel. The stars look as though they would rather be somewhere else and the cars look CGI rather than real. And for a film about car racing, there is precious little in it. A petrol heards wet dream, but for the rest of us, an annoying nightmare

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    • giveital68

      May 16th 2009, 2:28

      2

      needed more car races

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    • JD1994

      May 17th 2009, 21:33

      2

      worse than first film, and hardly as good as the second.

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    • Phoenix81

      Jul 28th 2009, 14:49

      2

      Better than the other 2 sequals, but still without the heart of the 1st

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    • captainchod

      Nov 10th 2009, 15:36

      2

      One decent car chase in a film about car chases. Not good...

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    • peterp

      Nov 1st 2010, 10:34

      3

      i didnt think it was to bad film wise but the stars have aged in that 8 years and, i think people like PW have done better films like Into The Blue from 2005. I love cars and you'll find that on my blog i have had numerous fast car. but in honesty some of the CGI was a little to much

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