Fast & Furious is the fourth installment of The Fast and The Furious series. It also brings back the casts from the original movie reuniting them for the first time since 2001 when the first movie was released. It is glaringly obvious that without Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner then the sequels are just not as good as the original.

Fast & Furious takes place somewhere between the 2nd (2 Fast 2 Furious) and the 3rd (Tokyo Drift) movies. In this movie, Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are together in the Dominican Republic running heists on transport trucks. But the police are getting too close and Dom has to break up his new gang. Han from Tokyo Drift is part of this gang and will be heading to Japan as he and Dom part ways. Meanwhile, Dom also leaves Letty so that she may start a new life without him and the baggage that he brings.

Time passes by and Dom, living somewhere in South America, receives a telephone call from his sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), letting him know that Letty was murdered. Letty’s death forces Dom back to the United States, still as a wanted fugitive. Because of his love for Letty, Dom vows revenge. His quest to discover the perpetrator leads him to, what else, a street race where the racers vie for a job as a driver for a known big-time drug dealer.

At the same time, his former racing mate and a recently reinstated FBI agent, Brian O’Conner, is investigating the same drug dealer with plans of his own to bring him to justice. O’Conner also enters the race.

And those are enough excuse to put these guys behind fast cars and begin entertaining the audience with racing action at breakneck speed. Director Justin Lin is excellent with car chases in urban streets (the best parts of Tokyo Drift). The one drawback in this movie is that there aren’t enough car race scenes, but the story doesn’t call for it. Nevertheless, action movies like these are enjoyed by viewers. It has a lot of action scenes that keep you on the edge of your seat and blow you away, making the impossible look possible.

The storyline is no doubt flimsy but it is enough to keep going. You don’t buy tickets to a movie like Fast & Furious and expect dramatic story telling. You want action!

Now, the trailers lead us to believe that the whole gang is together again. But really, only Dom and O’Conner have the significant roles. And that’s enough to rake in $72.5 million in the first weekend. The movie is built around fast cars, but no doubt that Vin Diesel as Dom is the main attraction. This is obvious when everyone got excited as he made a cameo in Tokyo Drift.

All in all, Fast & Furious is recommended. It’s a highly entertaining movie. It is best to just head out, don’t think about it, sit down, and enjoy a movie that will blow your mind.

Jun 21st, 2017 | Posted in Movies
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