Fast & Furious (2009)

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Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Back on track.

Not many series get into the category of “saga”, especially not with the same actors used throughout. Yeah, here and there, this guy or that wasn’t in a film, but for the most part, The Fast and the Furious maintained its cast all the way through, and yeah…it’s a saga. Weirdly enough, I know plenty of people that would consider 4-6 better than 1-3, and I am starting to understand their point after seeing the fourth film, Fast & Furious. The original cast is back and better than ever…maybe not so much with the plot, but you can at least see the direction is back on path, and loads better than it’s predecessor.

The last scene of Tokyo Drift showed Vin Diesel reprising his role as Dom. Basically, Dom was saying he was a friend of the guy that died in the film, Han. Fast forward to 2009, and Han is alive and in Dom’s crew. Turns out Tokyo Drift…is the last film in the franchise chronologically speaking…thus far. For that reason alone, I actually respect Tokyo Drift that much more. Anyways, we learn Dom and his crew are back to the semi-truck robberies, but when the police keep getting closer to his team, Dom runs. Three months later, we learn that his girlfriend, Letty, was murdered in his absence. So he returns to find out who did it. Meanwhile, Brian is working for the FBI, and runs into Dom. Before you know it, the two of them are working alongside each other to take down a big drug lord.

This is where it gets confusing, because to take down the drug lord, they have to street race for a position on his team. Dom wins, but Brian cheats to get into place as well. My main confusion settled in when I started to wonder why this drug lord really needs five different people on his drug trafficking team. I decided that he didn’t. Basically, the movie wanted five different cars to advertise the pretty cars and to make it look more like a race than what it really was. That’s not accurate though, and thus…it kind of subtracts from the story. That, and it’s the same problem I had with 2 Fast 2 Furious…a lame plot about drug lords.

NOW, this film at least had all of the crimes centered on moving cars. Letty was killed after being run off the road by a car, Dom starts off the film with a semi-truck robbery, and the whole drug-trafficking was geared around cars – so in that respect, I can appreciate this film so much more, because that’s something the second film didn’t have. So technically, I think the plot could have still been so much better, but you can see where the film series is going, and it’s something that looks good, and I’m glad.

As for the rest of the film, well this series is clearly nothing without Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. When they all returned for this film, I’m sure it had people cheering after losing all hope in the series. Seriously, that third film was a doozy, but they picked themselves right up. No, I can’t say it’s better than the first film, but it sure is getting there. I was spoiled on a few things further in the franchise, but that comes with the territory of six movies…it’s hard to ignore. We’ll just say that for now, I liked Fast & Furious and look forward to the next few films in the series.

The Good:

This film got back on path to what we loved about the first film especially. The counter-balance between the FBI and the street racers is so important to the series, and because it came back here, I felt refreshed. Also, the teamwork between Brian and Dom is always fascinating to watch, because without them…the series is clearly nothing. Also, adding Han randomly was unneeded, but because they did that, they made the fact that Tokyo Drift is the last film, and that’s just amazing.

The Bad:

The plot again dealt with a lame drug lord that needs the characters’ help smuggling something across the border. I remember that the first time it happened – in 2 Fast 2 Furious, but I digress. It needed a better plot, and if it just kept to the murder mystery, I really think they could have had something there. Also, the title is really confusing and looks way too much like the title of the first film.

Memorable Quote:

Dominic Toretto: I’m a boy who appreciates a good body, regardless of the make.

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3 thoughts on “Fast & Furious (2009)

  1. I’d heard this film re-energized the series, and I can see that part of it since Diesel is finally back. However, it’s also kind of a mess and has some awful dialogue. I think it’s a big step up from 2 Fast 2 Furious (I haven’t seen Tokyo Drift), but it mostly sets the stage for a lot of improvements with Fast Five.

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