Fast and Furious Movie Review
FAST AND FURIOUS: RENT GONE IN 60 SECONDS INSTEAD
STEPHANIE M. WILSON
With Fast and Furious, the original cast is back for this new installment. It tries to put life back into the series but fails miserably. More focus is placed on using CGI tricks and girls making out, as opposed to a quality storyline and legitimate acting.
Dominic (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are living it up in South America stealing gas by hijacking trucks and selling it. Dominic knows it won't be long before he is caught. He leaves Letty and moves on. When his sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster) calls him and tells him that Letty has been murdered, he goes back to Los Angeles to find her killer. This leads him to teaming up with Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), who is now working for the Feds to catch a drug dealer who is transporting drugs across the border by using drivers who compete for the honor in street races.
The story is somewhat entertaining at best. But believable it is not. Flashy cars, beautiful women, and fast cars are supposed to make up for the lack of story. It is more of a music video than a movie. The cast is not known for their excellent acting skills. But they all look good and play their part accordingly. The opening hijacking scene is the one bright spot in the movie. But the rest of the car chases are all equally lame. CGI is used so extensively that all the fun is missing. What happened to good old fashion car chases? The last good one could be seen in Gone in 60 Seconds.
These type of movies are never going to win awards but popcorn films can still be good. The director/writers need to have more faith in the audience and give them a solid plot and not just think flash is going to keep their attention.
The reunion of the first cast of The Fast and the Furious should have made this film. But nothing about this film makes it new or different from the others. It almost feels not as much effort was made. Skip this one and rent the original.