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The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

by

Jeff Nelson

While the movie definitely has quite a few flaws, it manages to be a little bit better than the previous sequel

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
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There are two different types of trilogies that are made in the film industry. The first being those who are trying to tell a story and putting out sequels to tell the rest of the story. The second is a series that is just squeezing the cash from the public. As soon as production studios see that audiences have some interest in paying to see the new film, they'll continue to make sequels. I recall fans of The Fast and the Furious series being rather nervous regarding how this sequel would turn out due to the differences being made.

In order to avoid a jail sentence, Sean Boswell moves to Tokyo to live with his father. In a low-rent portion of the city, Sean gets into the underground world of drift racing. The first two films of the series centralized around Paul Walker's character. However, the filmmakers made a lot of changes here. A very big change in scenery with a whole set of characters. The movie doesn't just show racing, but focuses on drifting as indicated by the title. Fortunately, this is an upgrade from 2 Fast 2 Furious in the writing department. While it still isn't a good screenplay, it's a step up from the previous movie in the series. Don't expect The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift to be a deep and meaningful film. It knows what it is and doesn't try to be anything else. It's a fun ride that's most certainly a guilty pleasure.

Excluding a short cameo, the entire cast is new. Lucas Black takes the leading role of the film as Season Boswell. While the writing is a little bit better than seen in the previous sequel, the acting is around on par if not worse. There are some scenes where it's bearable. However, the acting is cringeworthy for a majority of the film. Nobody in the movie is convincing or feels genuine with the characters. While the roles remain very flat, the fault clearly goes to the actors for this one. For those interested in watching, get ready to laugh at some truly terrible acting from start to finish.

With each sequel being released, the new one attempts to outperform its predecessor. The idea to bring drifting into the film was a smart move. This definitely is a nice change to the franchise. Director Justin Lin delivers some awesome car chases. It's needless to say that many people are seeing this film for the attractive asian women and the cool cars. This movie has quite a bit of both. Once the montage has passed and the real races have begun, the drifting becomes even better.

When observing the trilogy, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was a smart move. 2 Fast 2 Furious showed that the material was getting old very quickly. This is the exact opposite of an intellectual film and those who are expecting that should stay as far away as possible. This is a fun movie that will be either loved or hated. It splits audiences right down the middle. To those of you who end up seeing it, do yourself a favor and don't expect anything more than a fun popcorn flick. While the movie definitely has quite a few flaws, it manages to be a little bit better than the previous sequel.

My Rating = Two and One Half Stars

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