BASED ON CHARACTERS CREATED BY
GARY SCOTT THOMPSON
The original stars of The Fast and the Furious franchise return in a sequel with the least original title, as Fast and Furious unashamedly lives up to its reputation of worn out plot clichés and thrilling yet fickle visuals.
In part one of his return to the franchises that made him, Vin Diesel reprises his role of gear head antihero Domenic Terreto, who is first seen leading a group of road pirates in a daring “you’ve got to be bullshitting me” heist of an oil tanker in the Dominican Republic.
Using the failsafe plot device of revenge, Terreto returns to the States after a close friend is murdered. When inquiries into his friends death leads him to a notorious drug kingpin, Terreto once again crosses paths with Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker), now an undercover FBI Agent determined to bring the very same drug cartel down.
Placing old differences aside, the two decide to work together. While doing so, a sense of déjà vu is felt as the film quickly settles into its tired and true formula of male bonding, auto carnage, and T&A. In between, dialogue is watered down to a rehash of stereotypical one liners, which viewers will be able to guess before they are even muttered.
For all of its banality, Fast and Furious does succeed in playing to its core audience: hip hop loving thrill seekers, looking for their fix of CGI augmented auto fantasy, and the odd lesbian snog or two. The cars presented are mechanical beauties; muscles and ultra miniskirts reign; while totally ridiculous yet thrilling action sequences – such as a dizzying yet spectacular four way drag race through the busy streets of Los Angeles – will successfully keep even the disinterested take notice.
A nostalgic trip purely for the fans. For everyone else, a little bit of research will find much better auto thrills than this franchise ever had to offer.