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The Fast and the Furious

by

Jeff Nelson

The Fast and the Furious succeeds in what it promises, which is a fun car racing flick.

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Movies don't always need a complex plot with engaging dialogue. While there are elements that many enjoy seeing in a film, they aren't always required to have a good time at the movies. Entertainment in a film can come in different packages. Sometimes it's in a riveting drama, others it's in a terrifying horror flick, and sometimes it's in a street racing film.

An undercover cop infiltrates an underworld subculture of Los Angeles street racers looking to bust a hijacking group, and soon begins to question his loyalties when his new street racing friends become the suspects. I'm not going to sugarcoat any of these comments. The plot dwindles into nothing very quickly and the dialogue is horrid. The characters are all two dimensional with little thought put into them. There are a large amount of tacky one-liners that are sure to have you rolling your eyes constantly. However, the film accomplishes what it promises. These are some of the better car races I have seen on film. It should be needless to say that moviegoers shouldn't be watching this for an intense story line.

Strong acting is just as expected from this as a strong screenpay. People just shouldn't be expecting these things from a film such as The Fast and the Furious. The cast consists of Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, among others. This cast has become even more famous over the past decade. Each actor fits the physical description of the characters to perfection. Some of these actors have proven to have some decent acting chops, but you won't see it here. This is mostly due to the absurd dialogue that is spoken throughout the film. There is some great eye candy for both genders, so there's something for both the women and the men here.

The film definitely goes full throttle when it comes to the visuals. Each and every car race is exciting to watch. There are plenty of nice looking cars throughout the film. There are some interesting filters and transitions used especially during the scenes where turbos are used. The Fast and the Furious as well as its sequels are known for its over-the-top car races, but it's done well. Those who are looking for realistic car races won't get that here.

When observing the plot, acting, and dialogue this film is well below average . Those looking for an entertaining film with plenty of fun car races will be satisfied. The Fast and the Furious isn't a film for all audiences. I'm aware that some people aren't able to stop analyzing and just enjoy the movie for what it is. The Fast and the Furious succeeds in what it promises, which is a fun car racing flick. There isn't anything groundbreaking here, but it's an enjoyable movie nonetheless.

My Rating = Four Stars

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