The Fast and the Furious (2001)

Live life 1/4 mile at a time.

Domenic Toretto is a Los Angeles street racer suspected of masterminding a series of big-rig hijackings. When undercover cop Brian O'Conner infiltrates Toretto's iconoclastic crew, he falls for Toretto's sister and must choose a side: the gang or the LAPD.

***Kinetic, “hip” street-racing flick with Vin Diesel and Paul Walker***
A newbie to Los Angeles (Paul Walker) falls for a café host (Jordana Brewster) while trying to join a street-racing gang led by her brother, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel). Meanwhile the LAPD are trying to apprehend a radical group on the highways that targets semis and their valuable cargo. Michelle Rodriguez is on hand as Dom’s babe while Matt Schulze plays an angry member of his gang.
“The Fast and the Furious” (2001) was the beginning of the popular street-racing franchise that currently has eight movies with two more planned. The over-the-top action is akin to “The Road Warrior” (1981) while the tone mixes the comic book melodrama of “The Warriors” (1979) and “Torque” (2004) with the more serious air of “Grand Canyon” (1991) and “Training Day” (2001). (Yes, I realize “Torque” and “Training Day” debuted after this one; I’m just providing comparative references).
Speaking of the tone, there’s no goofiness and the actors take everything dead seriously, which is good in my book, but the flick has several unintentional laughs because, while quasi-realistic, the thrills & posing are so exaggerated.
Brewster and Rodriguez are effective in the feminine department, but neither do much for me personally. There are a few good-looking ladies in the periphery, however.
The soundtrack contains several dynamic urban numbers, including the excellent “Deep Enough” by Live.
The movie runs 1 hour, 46 minutes and was shot in Los Angeles & nearby areas (San Bernardino, Hemet, Malibu, Westminster, Beverly Hills, etc.).
GRADE: B

Ardustry Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Original Film, Mediastream Film GmbH & Co. Productions KG by Rob Cohen, Ken Li, Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist, David Ayer.
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster.

Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

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06/22/2001

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