Sunday, April 19, 2009

Fast & Furious

Plot-wise, this film tries to be minimally okay without taking itself too seriously. However, Fast and Furious is what you'd expect from it: a thin script that probably could have been better and fast cars. Any surprise here? Well, the less you expect to see a masterpiece, the more you should be either: 1) entertained or 2) irked by the scriptwriter's unwillingness to make something good with the script.

Situated after 2 Fast 2 Furious and The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the story begins a few years after FBI agent Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) let Dominic Toretto (Vin Diessel) get away with a crime. With his girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and his friend Han (Sung Kang), Dominic is making money in the Domican Republic by hijacking fuel tankers (and selling the gas afterwards to racers). To avoid being arrested (he's considered as an international criminal) and keep Letty out of his problems, Dominic flees to Panama and Han to Tokyo.

However, Dominic will return to L.A. after he heard about Letty getting killed by someone who works for a drug lord. On the other hand, Brian is asked by his superiors to arrest the drug lord in question. Of course, in order to get close to the drug lord, Brian and Dominic will strive to win an illegal race in the streets of L.A. By winning it, they can become cross-border heroin transporters. Although they have different goals, Brian and Dominic have to team up and trust each other.

Obviously, some people will certainly be happy to see Paul Walker and Vin Diessel reunited again. However, that doesn't necessarily make this film a masterpiece if you take in consideration the very thin - albeit fast-paced - script. Speaking about its qualities, the script has the merit, unlike that of Tokyo Drift and 2 Fast 2 Furious, to not be a ludicrous parade of clichés that you see in cop or even teenager films. With that said, this is where any praise for the film's artistic value ends.

Indeed, even though Fast & Furious is not entirely bad, its script is as simplistic as the one of Quantum of Solace. Therefore, don't expect any character development in the film. In fact, the only purpose consist in leading Brian and Dominic to drug lord and show us the action scenes without any interesting plot twists. This means that there are two points that we'll talk about. First of all, it's impressive to see how much the director put his passion into the car chase scenes. With that mind, I don't need to tell you how entertaining the car chases are. Secondly, the performance from the cast is even more bland than Lucas Black's performance in Tokyo Drift or Tyrese Gibson's in 2 Fast 2 Furious if you want a comparison. After all, there's not much interaction between the characters in this film since the characters are animated by one-liners.

Finally, just like my fellow movie blogger R2D2 at Random Ramblings of a Demented Doorknob, I agree that the film has a relatively decent storyline without necessarily being a masterpiece. However, I wasn't impressed at all with the acting because anyone, with a little bit of enthusiasm, can spill out the characters' lines without any difficulty. On another note, you can see for yourself how entertaining the film is.

Rating: 2.5/5

Origin:USA (2009)
Length:107 minutes
Screenplay:Chris Morgan
Director:Justin Lin
Vin Diessel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Gal Gadot and John Ortiz

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