The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

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Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Yep. Car commercial.

Hey, kiddos, fasten your seatbelt, because I’m going to tell you a story. A little over seven years ago, my family and I took a trip to Los Angeles for my high school graduation vacation. It was the perfect trip, seeing how big of a fan I was of film. We saw celebrities and took a tour of Universal Studios…it was nothing short of amazing. 2006 was the year, which so happened to be the same year of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Well guess what, on that same tour, we had the opportunity to witness a presentation of a couple cars hooked up to some machines doing drifting. It was purely promotion for the film, and for that reason only, I was interested in seeing this movie. I knew it was going to be pretty bad, but hey, it’s the only film in the franchise that I ever felt up close and personal with, so I had to give it a go. Was it pretty bad? Oh yeah.

Alright, so 17 year-old Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) is always getting into trouble because he was born to go fast. Two years and three schools later, his mom just can’t take it anymore, so she ships the booger to Tokyo to live with his daddy. Immediately, Sean gets into the street racing gig again, with a bunch of drifters, a style of racing that Sean hasn’t even heard of before. It’s like doing a doughnut without the ice. When he crashes someone else’s car, he starts working with him in order to pay him back for damages, and they soon become friends. Let the racing mayhem ensue.

Everyone find your clothes hanger clippers and put them on your nose, because this one is a stinker. In my humble opinion, there was one vital element that held the previous films together, apart from Paul Walker – the counter balance between street racing and the police. It was really important and gave the film some serious edge. It wasn’t just about cars, therefore, I really appreciated them. Now this film rolls around and is all about the cars. Don’t lie, you know the film didn’t want to really do anything but show off pretty cars.

Now, normally I wouldn’t be so against that if they at least had good characters, but I couldn’t have cared less about the characters here either. You got the guy playing Sean, and call me biased against southern people, but I don’t like their accent. I think it has something to do with so many girls fawning over them for the stupidest reasons. Apart from that…he is no Paul Walker. It’s fine to be your own person, but good golly, at least pick a role that’s cool. He’s the repeat offender that always gets into trouble and disappoints his folks before they learn they can’t control him. Oh boy…originality at its finest.

I don’t hate everything, fellers, just more than I don’t. I do like the fact that this film has claimed itself apart from the others, in so many ways. The whole drifting element was neat, and the decision to start off with high school-aged kids was a bold one to be sure, but somehow in the end, it makes sense to be called a Fast and Furious film, even though I’d say enough of this film would suggest otherwise. For the most part, though, it just doesn’t make the cut. You can’t have a Superman movie without Clark Kent, and you can’t have an effective F&F movie without Brian and Dom. Yes, I’m making that claim without seeing the rest.

The Good:

The only amazing thing about this film –is the very tail end of it. If you have seen the movie, I can almost guarantee you’d agree with me.

The Bad:

Bold decisions for changing a movie up can be great, but for the most part, they are really risky. Their decision to change the age-range, setting, and formula mostly hurt this film more than anything. It turned the film into what I’d call a generic Hollywood sequel made just for the bucks.

Memorable Quote:

Drift King: Do you know who I am, boy?

Shawn Boswell: Yeah, you’re like the Justin Timberlake of Japan, right?

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5 thoughts on “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)

  1. This is the only Fast and Furious movie that I hated, mainly because Lucas Black lacked the appeal of either Vin Diesel or Paul Walker to pull off the lead in this type of franchise. Even the casting of Han in the movie was able to save it, and they killed him!

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