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      05.09.2013 00:47
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      Great fun! Possibly a bit too real, but keeps the die-hard racers happy!

      I recently reviewed the most recent of the franchise (Fast 6 - out on DVD this month...woo!) and it prompted me to go all the way back to the beginning and re-live the Fast and Furious experience.

      The Fast and the Furious hit the silver screen waaaaay back in 2001.
      The idea is painfully simple - an undercover cop infiltrates the world of street racing in order to identify and bring to justice a team of hijackers. Along the way, friendships and allegiances are formed and in the end our hero has to decide which side of the fence he falls on!

      The star of the show was Vin Diesel (playing Dom Toretto), a 6 foot powerhouse with a voice like gravel which is easily as menacing as his muscles! He is our anti-hero, the bad guy we desperately want to root for.
      Paul Walker plays the lead, Brian O'Connor (undercover name Brian Spilner) and is equally as believable as a star-struck testosterone fueled kid looking for a thrill in the underground racing world as he is playing the ambitions straight laced police officer trying to make detective.
      To list the whole cast would be pointless - there are dozens of secondary characters but the screen comes alive when these two appear together.

      Key cast (to re-appear in later films) include;
      Michelle Rodriguez - Letty
      Jordana Brewster - Mia Toretto
      Matt Schulze - Vince
      Thom Barry - Agent Bilkins
      Ted Levine - Sgt Tanner

      There are also cameos from such stars as Ja-Rule (Rapper who assisted with the soundtrack) and real life modifiers and street racers such as R.J De-Vera.


      PLOT:
      So the movie kicks off with a truck heist, the latest in a recent spate of them. Three modified cars driven with extreme precision take control of a truck and trailer on the move. The police (correctly) conclude that the hijackings are being carried out by thieves with links to the racing world.
      Cut to Brian in a deserted car park pushing his new car to its breaking point. He loses control and struggles to control the resulting spin almost killing himself. We soon learn that he's actually practicing his skills in order to race against local celebrity of the racing scene, Dominic Toretto.
      The race takes place, Brian loses the race along with his car but the police raid the scene, arresting every street racer they can grab. In the commotion Brian rescues Dom and is therefore instantly in his good books.
      We then discover why.
      Brian is the LAPD's undercover agent working with a local 'mod' shop, the owner of which is being investigated for receiving stolen goods so forced to co-operate.
      Without wishing to post spoilers (difficult, given that the next 5 movies give you a decent idea of what has occurred!) Brian infiltrates Dom's gang so deeply that he has a hard time choosing a side - his allegiance to the charismatic Toretto (and attraction to the guys sister!) means he finds it difficult to see his guilt and bring him to justice.
      Dom invites Brian to a legal racing festival out in the desert (Race Wars) to test his mettle as he tries to decide whether to fully integrate him into his team, but things take an ugly turn leading to a high speed chase down empty desert highway and a showstopping climax through the suburban streets of LA.

      The Cars:
      Probably the films best selling point were the cars on show. Instead of hiring someone to buy or build cars for the film they actually reached out to racers and modifiers through worldwide publications (I was a subscriber at the time to Redline and Max Power) asking car owners to come along and audition their cars! 99% of the cars seen in the movie were owned by people who belonged to the scene they were trying to replicate, so it added an infinite amount of realism.
      This first film in the series was all about the LA racing scene, so most of the cars are highly tuned imports (mostly Japanese, but a few European models in the mix).
      For example, Brian has a Mitsubishi Eclipse at the beginning and a Toyota Supra towards the end.
      Dom drives a modified Mazda RX7 and a tuned Honda Civic, and his crew all drive similar beasts (Letty - Nissan 240SX. Vince - Nissan Maxima. Leon - Nissan Skyline. Mia - Honda Integra Accura. Jesse - VW Jetta)
      It would have been easy for the crew to throw in a load of American Muscle as those US directors often do, but it would have lacked the realism.
      As a nod to Detroit Muscle, however, Dom has a huge 1969 Dodge Charger that he's been working on. Raw power, zero maneuverability - but you just know we're going to see it in action at some stage!

      Most of the cars shown racing had nitrous oxide canisters fitted for extra power. The movie was actually involved in a lawsuit for accidentally referring to the tanks as NoS thinking it was the correct chemical name and slang for the substance, but NoS is actually a copyrighted brand which was not paid royalties for its use in the movie so was forced to sue.

      At the time I was collecting 1:18th scale diecast cars (Movie, TV and Music related) made by Ertl, who are Americas answer to Corgi. They turned out some magnificent replicas of around 15 of the movie cars which fetch a pretty penny these days.

      Reception:
      To teenagers like me, stuck in a fairly dull 9-5 and looking for some excitement, this movie leapt off the screen. It gave birth to a new generation of modifiers and racers alike, though sadly, perhaps inevitably claimed lives.
      Perhaps that's why it got such a frosty reception in the mainstream media, receiving rather mediocre reviews as critics blamed this movie )and others like it) for a lot of existing problems.
      Average review scores were in the 4-5/10 range.
      Despite that, it shattered box office predictions, taking all of its $38,000,000 budget back in the opening weekend and going on to claw in almost $150 million all told.


      Street racing wasn't an entirely new concept, in fact street racing in its current high powered/high speed form has been around in a big way since the 1950's, but it was one that hadn't been glorified to this extent since the 1970's 'muscle era' with films like Two Lane Blacktop and the original Gone in 60 Seconds.
      Naturally, a movie this centered around street racing courted controversy, lots of people - including police and politicians - campaigned to get the movie banned for the reasons above.
      It should be noted that the sequel hugely exaggerated the action sequences, pacifying critics and making it far less likely that people would try to copy scenes.

      Noise:
      The film was accompanied by a bang-up soundtrack with lots of Rap, Nu-Rock and R&B - always a perfect match for the on screen action. Ja-Rule (cameo performer) wrote and performed several tracks for the soundtrack.

      Tech Spec:
      The runtime is a perfect 104 minutes, bumped to 109 with the DVD only mini-movie which rolls this film into 2Fast 2 Furious.

      Fast and Furious missed a lot of awards (despite a pile of nominations!), but amongst those it won were a 'Best breakthrough male performer' for Paul Walker, a Film Music award and a 'Best on-screen team' for Vin Diesel and Paul Walker!

      My views:
      This film wasn't life changing, but it had a huge impact on me in that time despite looking a bit cheesy now. It brought to life a scene I'd only ever really seen on paper and made it real enough to touch.
      Looking back, I have very fond memories of F&F. It is the first movie I really immersed myself in, buying into the whole lifestyle and guaranteeing me as a loyal fan of the franchise for life.

      Looking at it objectively, taking any emotion out of the equation and being critical of it as another Hollywood blockbuster, this still holds its own. Some of the acting is a bit hammy, but by selecting real people from the world they are attempting to portray and bringing their cars along too they give this film a grounding that most blockbusters can't even aspire to.

      As long as they don't milk this sequel business (hang on, 6 with number 7 on the way??) I feel that this is destined to be a future classic with a cult following to rival Vanishing Point, Two Lane Blacktop or the more recent Drive.

      A must for gear-heads, but with enough 'crossover' appeal to keep any action/thriller fan satisfied.

      Cheers.

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        21.04.2010 19:09
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        Vin Diesel is great

        I watched the Fast and the Furious on DVD recently and really enjoyed having avoided it for some time as it's not really my sort of movie. However, I found it very entertaining and fast paced throughout and would watch again. The movie was originally released in 2001 and stars amongst others, Vin Diesel. Now I haven't seen too many of his movies but he was pretty good in this one...Esentially the movie is a series of races and speeding through numerous streets based around a plot.

        As for that plot stated above, it surrounds Brian played by Paul Walker who is an undercover policeman. He has the unenviable task of infiltrating an illegal street racing group to ascertain who is behind a series of truck robberies. He needs to find out who is stealing these trucks and more importantly why..

        Dom is the leader of the underground street racing circuit played by Vin Diesel and is very cool customer. He owns the fastest car around and it also has the most control. He has also done some time in prison too. He is at the centre of investigation and the police are convinced it is him. Despite his background I felt myself rooting for him in this film as the reasons why he went to prison did not seem justified to be honest.

        As with alot of these sorts of movies it's not quite that simple and Brian finds himself falling for Dom's sister while carrying out his investigation. To make matters worse one of Dom's friends hates him.

        There are some fantastic visual effects and action as the racing heats up in the streets and there are some great cars and high speeds on display here too. Vin Diesel is perfect for this role to be honest with you and really makes it all believable with the portrayal of his character. I would recommend this movie to watch if you like these sort of movies or even if you don't it's worth having a look.

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        25.10.2009 11:48

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        great film

        If you have not seen this film yet then where have you been?
        I will not talk about the story line (many other reviews have already done so).
        I love this film. Being a fan of action films this is one of my favourites. The cast is excellent (vin diesel is SICK in it). Basically this is a film you should not take too seriously, just sti back and enjoy the fact paced action.
        The driving scenes are amazing, and the cars used are perfection (makes me want a muscle car). The dialogue is a bit simple but its too be expected. This would make an excellent present to any man...or woman.
        If you want to get into the series of f&f (4 in total) then you must watch this one first. The third movie kind of does not fit in with the others but the 1st 2nd and 3rd film have a kind of flow to them (especially th 1st and last films).
        If you want a fun, action packed movie with cool cars, beautiful girls and crazy action then this is the film for you.

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        24.10.2009 18:18
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        First film in the Fast and Furious franchise

        The Street Racing culture in downtown LA is getting out of control and in particular someone from that scene has started hijacking lorries. Worried that the truck drivers will take the law into their own hands the LAPD put one of their own cops, Brian O'Connor, undercover on an FBI lead investigation to try and find out who is behind these attacks. O'Connor gets himself in with one of the Street Racing scene's top dogs Dominic Toretto, the main suspect for the watching FBI. It's down to O'Connor to get a result before things go too far and someone is seriously hurt.

        It's been 8 years since the release of the original Fast and The Furious and despite the 3 sequels that followed it. It has remained the best film in the series. It has a little something for everyone with fast cars and a lot of action the film can appeal to a broad spectrum of viewers. The plot on the whole isn't too taxing and while it keeps a decent story moving at a reasonable pace it is exactly what it says on the tin, an action film with Cars.

        For director Rob Cohen it is fair to say that this was his big Hollywood movie. He hadn't really directed much of importance before this film and for the first time Fast and the Furious put him out there and made a name for him as a director. It's a very well made film with some magnificent special effects that look realistic and add to the overall effect of the movie. Like all good car films though it's the driving scenes that really set the Fast and Furious apart from most racing and car based movies at the time.

        He uses some very clever camera angles and views to really bring the race sequences to life. The car chases and races are shot very well and you feel like you're almost there watching and waiting to see what's going to happen. Some of the stunts will have taken very careful planning and Cohen along with Gary Scott Thompson take what starts off as just a magazine article and turns it into a very enjoyable Hollywood blockbuster. Of course the storyline isn't the most involved but it doesn't need to be and it's fair to say that Cohen does most of his talking through the well choreographed race sequences that made this film a huge success.

        Of course even with the direction the casting had to be just right and I think it's fair to say that the two leads couldn't have been any better cast. The choice of Paul Walker as the LAPD cop was an inspired choice and like Cohen and co star Vin Diesel this film was really the making of Walker's career. He plays the cop incredibly well and despite some rather naive character traits which he portrays seems to pick up with relative ease he becomes a lead character you care about. With that naive streak in his character it works well in forming his relationship with Dominic Toretto played superbly by Vin Diesel.

        The pair seem to have an instant connection on screen and the characters are so well suited to them that it adds something to the plot. It takes what would have been a rather one dimensional plot and gives it some real character and appeal to non car enthusiasts that the film could so easily have missed. Then when you add a supporting cast that includes Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and Matt Schulze to name but a few it has the recipe for success that Fast and the Furious delivers.

        It's a film that over the years has really shown some staying power and that is pretty important. The first two sequels were poor in comparison with only the recent 4th instalment coming even close to the success and enjoyment of this movie. Of course there's an element of mindless entertainment about this film but that's why it works. There are moments where it seems to take itself a little too seriously but they are quickly swept to one side and the result is an enjoyable action movie that mixes fast cars and a reasonable plot with a large amount of success.

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          18.08.2009 20:27
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          I loved it even though I didn't think I would

          The fast and the furious was released in 2001 and is an action/ car racing film. The film is rated 15 due to sexual references and a fair bit of violence and the film is 106 minutes long. It is not a remake of the 1955 film of the same name.

          The fast and the furious had quite a big budget of $40 million but went on to make more than this in it's opening weekend and a total of $207 million worldwide.

          Plot
          As a trio of black Honda Civics are hijacking trucks on the motorways, Brian O'Connor is given the task as an undercover cop to go into the street racing scene and figure out who is behind the crimes.

          Dominic Toretto is the main guy on the racing scene and is the main suspect for the hijackings. Brian knows if he is to get any information out of him, he must beat him in a race and befriend him. The first race ends and the police are all over it and even though Brian lost, he gains Dominic's respect by saving him from being arrested.

          Brian is a good driver, but not such a great racer as Dominic keeps pointing out to him. As Dominic teaches him the ways of the underground racing scene, Brian is still no closer to finding out who the criminals are. At least he is getting closer to Dominic's sister Mia though.

          Brian keeps telling his supervisors that he doesn't believe Dominic and his crew aren't behind the hijackings but they don't seem so convinced. Time is running out and the truck drivers want to take matters into their own hands but will Brian find out who is behind it all?

          Cast
          Paul Walker - Brian O'Conner,
          Vin Diesel - Dominic Toretto,
          Michelle Rodriguez - Leticia "Letty" Ortiz
          Jordana Brewster - Mia Toretto
          Rick Yune - Johnny Tran
          Chad Lindberg - Jesse
          Johnny Strong - Leon
          Matt Schulze - Vincent
          Ja Rule - Edwin

          Trivia
          - Neither Michelle Rodriguez nor Jordana Brewster had driver's licenses before production of the film.
          - Vin Diesel accidentally broke a stuntman's nose.
          - Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Eminem were all considered for the part of Brian O'Connor before Paul Walker was cast.
          - There were more than 60 Japanese vehicles in this movie.

          My Opinion
          The fast and the furious is my all time favourite racing film and as a girl, I didn't even think I would like it at all. First time I watched this was years ago when my boyfriend wouldn't stop bugging me about it so I finally gave in and I'm so glad I did.

          The story is highly entertaining and exciting throughout and there wasn't any point where I thought it got a bit boring as most films do at the minute. Although for the main part, the story is about the racing and the cars, there are quite a few sub stories. As well as the racing, we have Brian and Mia's kind of relationship, Dominic and Letty's relationship, the hijackings, Brian's difficulties with his job and the lives of Dominic's crewmembers. This film really has something for everyone.

          Even though we have all this going on, at no point was the story confusing. Each part of the story is explained nicely and the only thing that made my head hurt was all the car talk which I didn't understand at all.

          Even with all of this car talk, the script is fast paced and witty with some great lines from both Brian and Dominic who have a nice love/ hate relationship going on throughout.

          Vin Diesel and Paul Walker make the ultimate good guy/ bad guy team. Both of them are oozing with attitude and sex appeal. Both of them think they are the best racers and the banter between the two was funny to watch. There was plenty of eye candy in this film for the guys and I am glad to say that girls won't be disappointed either. If you don't like racing films then give this one a go purely because of these two.

          Vin Diesel plays the hard man extremely well and has a past of playing these kinds of roles in films such as Pitch Black and xXx but I think his character had something more in this film. In his other films, Diesels mainly just comes across as mean and flaunts his muscles at every chance but Dominic actually had some personality at the same time. I think it is quite difficult for this kind of character to have humour but Diesel manages this really well and seems to pull off his lines with great ease.

          This was the first film I'd seen Michelle Rodriguez in and the one I started to hate her from. Her character Letty is Dominic's girlfriend and is supposed to be the tough chick with an amazing amount of attitude but I found her performance quite boring. When she tried to be bitchy and mean I didn't really feel any passion behind the performance and I think someone much better could have had this role. As well as that, I don't really see why so many guys think she is so hot but they do so I guess that was the only half-good thing going for her.

          Although I don't know much about them, I guess I should say something about the cars for the guys. For me, they were just pretty and my boyfriend was sat there drooling saying 'How can you not like that car?!'. I just don't get it but I guess that's how us girls are with shoes. Wikipedia has a list of the cars used in this film so check that out if you're interested but the only one I semi knew was the civic. I'm such a girl, I know!

          The soundtrack to this film was pretty amazing and is a mix of RnB and rock. Sounds pretty weird but it really works. The race scenes especially had some great beats and really added to the whole experience and atmosphere of the film.

          Whereas Gone in 60 seconds only had one major race scene, this film is packed with them but they don't seem overdone, as it was such a big part of the story. You would think that after one or two, they would become really boring and old but each one was exciting and different.

          Go into this one with low expectations and it might just surprise you like it did me. After being dead set against this film, I am now a huge fan of the Fast and Furious series.

          The fast and the furious will available in September in a box set containing all four films for £17.99 from Amazon.com.

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            31.07.2009 17:11
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            It's not how you stand by your car, it's how you race your car.

            The Fast and the Furious

            The Plot

            Armed men in speeding cars force a truck off the road in a high speed chase. Undercover cop Brian (Paul Walker), has been trying to catch the ring of hijackers, he engineers a way to meet head strong street-racing champion Dominic (Vin Diesel) who he believes may be involved in some way.

            Brian has to show what he has got in some illegal street races and through some breakneck racing he infiltrates the LA street racing scene, he infiltrates it further by saving Dominic from arrest when police try to break up proceedings.

            Brian also falls for Dominic's sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) all the time knowing that if he is found out by the violent and charismatic Dominic his life could be at risk. The film is fast paced and involves numerous high speed chases as Brian begins to question if his new found friends may be the highjackers and if they are where his loyalties really lie.


            The Cast


            Paul Walker ... Brian O'Conner
            Vin Diesel ... Dominic Toretto
            Michelle Rodriguez ... Letty
            Jordana Brewster ... Mia Toretto
            Rick Yune ... Johnny Tran
            Chad Lindberg ... Jesse
            Johnny Strong ... Leon
            Matt Schulze ... Vince
            Ted Levine ... Sgt. Tanner
            Ja Rule ... Edwin
            Vyto Ruginis ... Harry
            Thom Barry ... Agent Bilkins
            Stanton Rutledge ... Muse
            Noel Gugliemi ... Hector (as Noel Guglielmi)
            R.J. de Vera ... Danny Yamato (as R.J. De Vera)

            My View

            The film reminded me a lot of an earlier film from the 90's, in Point Break, Keanu Reeves played an undercover cop who infiltrates a criminal gang of surfers and has to question whether he is a cop or one of them, this film is pretty much the same except it substitutes surf for cars.

            The film is a fast paced action film, in terms of plot and scripting its more of a B-Movie, the acting is secondary to the action and while Paul Walker makes a decent enough lead, he and all the other actors are outshone by their cars.

            Diesel plays his usual character a street tough with a violent personality, he is fine and has a good air of menace, but overall I found the film disappointing, the stunts are great and the cars look good, but the story and characters lack too much to make this anything more than a film you watch if it is on the television. Michelle Rodriguez is the highlight of the film for me as the Feisty racer Lefty. The film really does look like a glossy hip hop video, the sound track is bass heavy and constant with the regular car chases and adrenaline fuelled tomfoolery. Overall I think it's a lame concept but done pretty well, it's a fun film.


            The DVD

            The DVD is available for £3.98 on Amazon, I have the widescreen version which really does look great on a big TV with this glossy film, the dvd is great value with a huge number of added extras with the film, which include:

            Making of the Fast and the Furious
            Director Commentary
            Deleted Scenes
            Multiple Camera Angle Stunts
            Special Effects Featurette
            Editing Featurette
            Visual Effects Montage
            Storyboards to final feature comparison
            Racer X: Article that inspired the Movie
            Ja Rule "Furious" Music Video
            Caddilac Tah "POV City Anthem" Music Video
            Salia "Click Click Boom" Music Video
            Music Highlights
            Production Notes
            Cast and Filmmakers Biographies
            Trailer

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              23.07.2009 16:21
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              thrilling and entertaining film looking at the underground street racing world.

              The first title in the Fast and the Furious series came out in 2001 and takes you inside the world of street racing. It is set in America but features a number of Asian import cars.

              The film features the character of Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) who is a mechanic by day and owns a garage and street races to make extra money. He is also a gang leader that is accused of hijacking trucks and stealing over a million dollars worth of electronic equipment. The FBI sends LAPD officer Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) undercover into the Los Angeles' street racing circuit to take down Toretto and his team. As O'Conner becomes part of Toretto's life and gets involved with his sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), he tries to prove that Toretto is innocent.

              This film is ideal for people who like films filled with mindless action, attractive women and fast cars. Vin Diesel is great in his role and is probably the star of the show. Paul Walker was alright in his role as the undercover cop but Diesel gives the best performance in the film. The Fast and the Furious is not very clever and doesn't have a complicated plot but it is action packed and will keep you entertained from start to finish.

              The film also has a good soundtrack which goes well with the movie including artists such as Ja Rule,Ashanti and R Kelly. It does exactly what you expect it to do as a film and is probably the best of the series I have seen in terms of everything not just the cars and the women. I have yet to see the fourth one in the series but in comparison to the other two this one stands out especially with Vin Diesel. Overall it is a thrilling and entertaining film looking at the underground street racing world.

              Film Details:

              Directed by Rob Cohen

              Written by

              Ken Li (magazine article "Racer X")
              Gary Scott Thompson
              Erik Bergquist
              David Ayer

              Starring Vin Diesel
              Paul Walker
              Michelle Rodriguez
              Jordana Brewster

              Distributed by Universal Pictures

              Release date
              September 2001

              Running time 100 minutes

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              A dumb but entertaining film

              As The Fast and the Furious ends, one becomes aware that it is a very unsubtle ripoff of a 1991 action film directed by Kathryn Bigelow named Point Break. The film starred Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, with Reeves infiltrating a surfer gang that he suspected were thieves and lowlives.

              In The Fast and the Furious, the surfer background is substitued for boy racers, with undercover cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) infiltrating a gang, headed by Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Along the way, he becomes infatuated with Dominic's sister Mia (Jordana Brewster). Also along for the ride is Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), a tomboyish member of Dominic's gang that's an extremely skilled driver and knows her cars for sure.

              Although derivative, some of its actual concepts did seem rather original - it's the first film to use Nitrous Oxide cars in any grand way, with the focus of the film being that racing is now enhanced to faster, more intense level when the majority of competitors are using NO2 cannisters in their cars, as dangerous as they may be. This has also inspired a number of subsequent video games such as Need for Speed Underground, and a licensed adaptation of this film itself, to utilise Nitrous boosts in their races.

              As far as silly action films go, it's actually pretty fun - the actors are clearly enjoying themselves, and whilst director Rob Cohen is known for flagrant and extravagant direction, here it is among the most focused that it has ever been. Also, the action is exciting and fresh, and the very tone of the film, that it doesn't take itself too seriously (as was a mistake of the second and particularly the fourth film), adds to its B-movie, exploitation style charm. It's a second, perhaps third rate picture at best, but there is something undeniably entertaining about its unapologetic bawdiness.

              Whilst essentially an update of the 1991 Keanu Reeves star vehicle Point Break, The Fast and the Furious is a fun and moderately influential popcorn flick that features sizzling action scenes.

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              Decent plot meets two 'cool cats'. It is Fast and Furious!!

              I've had this DVD in my collection for a while now. It is one that I sometimes put on in the background when I am doing something else. That might sound silly but it is one that I can glimpse over a moment at a time and still enjoy. I guess this is because it has so many cool scenes.

              Obviously the background of the movie can be gotten from its title. It is fast and it is furious. There are quite a lot of characters but really focuses on just two and their relationship. Paul Walker plays 'Brian O'Conner' who is a youngish man living on the edge. His job finds himself meeting and getting to know 'Dominic Toretto' who is played by the muscle bound Vin Diesel.

              The film is set in the present and follows a 'street racing' theme. There are tons of scenes where you will see cool looking 'whips', fully loaded with modifications and NOS. Lots of action and 'flesh' have the film succeed on different levels.

              You don't really have to think throughout the film, just sit back and enjoy the ride. I think the actors give a good performance and are believable in their roles. It is gritty, the directing is dark but slick and what I like most about the style is that it doesn't really feel like a 'Hollywood' movie.

              If you like a movie that is about 'respect', a 'gangster street' image this is for you. It is pure entertainment till the end and one of the best in its genre. For the price you can get it at now there is nothing stopping it being in your collection.

              4 out of 5.

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                For the petrol heads amongst us

                PC Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) is sent undercover in order to solve a spate of highway robberies.

                The assignment sees Brian mixed up in the world of "cruisers". Cruisers are car enthusiasts that spend their money on various car modifications including stereo systems that are loud enough to make your ears bleed, body kits and other cosmetic changes (to make the cars look better) and engine modifications (to make the cars go faster).




                The cruisers compete in illegal street racing, which is drag racing on the public highway. The prizes for winning involve substantial amounts of cash or the slip (V5) of the loser.

                The chief of police thinks that a particular gang of cruisers, consisting of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Mia Toretto (Jordanna Brewster), Jesse(Chad Lindberg), Leon (Johnny Strong), Vince (Matt Schultz) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), are behind the robberies although there is no proof.

                Brian's objective is to become one of the gang in order to get the perpetrators behind bars. Brian manages to become a contestant in a drag race involving Dominic and after helping him out Brian works his way in to the gang.

                Brian becomes heavily involved in the gang and when push comes to shove Brian has to make some important decisions to show where his loyalties lie.

                In addition to the main characters above, other characters include;

                Sergeant Tanner - Ted Levine
                Agent Bilkins - Thom Harry
                Johnny Tran - Rick Yune
                Hector - Noel Gugleimi
                Lance - Reggie Lee
                Edwin - Ja Rule
                Harry - Vyto Ruginis

                Whilst the supporting actors do a really good job in the context of the overall film, none of them are really memorable or outstanding.

                This is one of my all time favourite films and I can remember the first time I saw it in the cinema. Whilst I am a self confessed petrol head I am not, nor have I ever been involved in the cruising scene (although it is not so extreme in England as depicted in this film) or the car modifying scene.

                The story line is gripping throughout and kept me fixed for the duration of the film. This is no easy feat since my attention span, especially at the cinema, can easily disappear. Whilst this film is centred round the robberies and cars there is a lot more depth to this film. There are 'sub stories' centred round forbidden love, gang warfare, social acceptance and friend loyalty.

                The mix of characters, the variety of cars and how the story develops is great and very well done. It all flows through and there are never any "what happened there?" or "what is going on?" moments.

                The acting is great and all of the main characters play their part really well, especially Vin Diesel. Dominic Toretto is an interesting character and I think it would be a really difficult character to play well but Vin managed to pull it off. This really is Vin Diesel at his best and I have not seen him in such good form in any other film to date.

                The sound track to this film consists of various tunes from the rap, hip-hop genre from many artists including Ja Rule (obviously), Ludacris, Nate Dogg, Scar Face and R Kelly amongst many other famous names across the sene.

                Rap and Hip-hop music really suits this film and is the only real choice. Having Top Gear Driving Ballads or something of that nature would never have worked on this film.

                I never watch the bonus features of any DVD, regardless of how much I liked the film. According tot eh cover the bonus features of this DVD include:

                i) Exclusive behind the scenes footage
                ii) Deleted scenes
                iii) Extended scenes
                iv) Multi camera angles
                v) Much more

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                  09.03.2009 14:18
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                  An hour and a half of forgettable fun

                  Fast cars and semi-clad women are the entire premise of this movie. I mean, the semi clad woman i like, but never been a car fan. Though still, this movie was allright i guess, as it paces along pretty well, and is full to the brim with action.

                  Plot-
                  Brian (Paul Walker) is an undercover cop who has been tasked with infiltrating a group of street racers, in order to find out who is behind a string of very professional thefts. In doing so, he makes close friends with the very dangerous Dominic (Vin Deisel) and his beautiful sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) As he becomes close to the gang, he is forced to choose between them and his career, and falling for the beautiful Mia does not make this any easier.

                  Luckily for the actors in thiis movie, there was a lot of plot to work with, and although the events aren't exactly expertly written, they are done with enough stile and class to pull off a pretty cool, and very professional looking movie. The car chases are genuinly impressive, and for someone who couldn't care less about fast cars, i really enjoyed them. The film never goes over the top with the length of the action scenes, and there is a good mix of action, romance, and gang bonding throughout.

                  The cast mix pretty well together. Paul Walker isn't the best actor, but his role of good guy goes well when he is thrown into a gang of 'bad guys' who clearly don't feel like trusting him. Vin Deisel was excellent in this as the leader of the gang who takes Brian under his wing, and i found him very convincing as the big bad wolf with a soft and caring side.

                  If anything, this movie probably tries a little too hard to come across as being cool, as some of the scenes are far too over the top. Imagine 100 perfect cars lined up in the dark in LA, then 200 scantilly clad woman dancing around them, plus 50 rappers break danicng in formation, and maybe you get the jist of just how over the top this can be. All we needed on top of that would be Coolio himself singing a song full of sexual conotation and licking a cars exhaust and it would be complete!

                  Though this film revels in its over the top attempts to be stylish and i guess that is part of its charm.

                  Conclusion-
                  This is a fun movie throughout, an it never really slows down. The cast and writing are sufficient to pull off a nice little joyride of a movie, but it's one of those films you forget after 5 minutes of watching it so enjoy the ride.
                  This is most definately a film for the guys, as most women will no doubt hate seeing scank after skank shaking their ***. The group who will most appreciate this will probably be teenage boys, but any manly men out there should give it a shot!

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                    03.02.2009 19:16
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                    A great film for all kinds of car lovers

                    The Fast And The Furious is one of the best car-related films in the world at this very moment. After a massive box office hit it launched the careers of the likes of Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez. A great film that has spawned three sequels, "2 Fast 2 Furious", "The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift" and "Fast And Furious". A high speed adrenaline filled film for people who like their films fast paced.

                    ***Synopsis***

                    Brian O'Connor is an undercover cop whose assignment is to infiltrate a notorious street racing gang to find out who has been stealing truck loads of electrical goods. Throughout the film he gains the respect and friendship of their leader Dominic and embarks on a relationship with his sister, Mia. Eventually Brian must choose between his loyalties as a friend or as a police officer.

                    ***Cast***

                    Brian O'Connor - Paul Walker
                    Dominic Torretto - Vin Diesel
                    Mia Torretto - Jordana Brewster
                    Letty - Michelle Rodriguez
                    Johnny Tran - Rick Yune
                    Jesse - Chad Lindberg
                    Leon - Johnny Strong
                    Vincent - Matt Schulze
                    Sgt Tanner - Ted Lavine

                    ***Opinion***

                    I love playing racing games like Need For Speed and Midnight Club but this film puts you into the action and shows you what it is like. I stop myself at the games and the films and I haven't even though about trying to go into the actual racing or modifying scene myself, at my own expense.

                    Every cast member in this film play their parts well especially the extras who don't just stand around, they help bring the film to life. The supporting actors add to the film storyline and give it that extra boost on screen making the viewer know more about who Brian is dealing with and what hes getting himself into.

                    This film has the gift of developing its storyline and characters throughout keeping the viewers engrossed in the film and keeping them keen to know what happens next. It doesnt just leave the audience baffled about whats just happened or whats happening. Not many films are able to do that and this is definetely one which keeps the audience hooked. Its kind of addictive whilst your watching it. At the end of the day its not just about racing cars theres a whole storyline and meaning to this film with many smaller stories evolving into the one larger one.

                    The way each car has had its fair share of detail done to it is incredible and adds to the reality of the film. Every car in the film is unique and stands out from the crowd. You can tell when you see the cars that the film makers have spent some time modifying each car and have done almost every part of the car you can think of like the interior, exterior and engine.

                    The soundtrack to this film is mainly an Urban one consisting of artists like Ja Rule, Nate Dogg and Ludacris. Other stars lend their tunes to this film and you can tell each piece of music has been specifically chosen for its parts in the movie. The developers have done the right job with choosing fast paced music that fits in well with the adrenaline filled theme behind the film.

                    ***Special Features***

                    Audio Commentary
                    The Making Of
                    Special Effects
                    Music Videos
                    Deleted Scenes
                    Trailers

                    ***Other***

                    Run Time - 107 mins
                    Cert - 15

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                    01.02.2009 14:23
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                    8/10

                    The Fast And The Furious is a feature length motion picture about the street racing society in Los Angeles. Disguised as a street racer himself, Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) tries to bust the street racers from the inside. He soon makes friends with the most notorious racer, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and falls for his sister, but he has to make a choice between his friends or his career when they become the suspects of a truck hijacking case.
                    The film contains, as you would expect, a lot of fast cars, hot women and guns, exactly what every man wants from a film.
                    The whole cast is excellent. Every person really becomes the character they play, therefore making it so much more believable.
                    Having seen the 2 sequals to this, i can honestly say this is the best one, as it shows the darker side to crime, rather than the glamourous side.

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                      Forget your thinking hat, get your mates in with some drinks and watch this for a laugh

                      I have seen the trilogy of the fast and furious movie franchise and remember going to the cinema with my mates because we all love cars and thought this would be a good laugh.

                      Not a bad film, full of nice cars and racing sequences if a little unrealistic, and also the 'street racing' they try to recreate is far from realistic, but hey they have to put the hollywood effect on it. I dunno how many gears these cars have but it all seems like they go through about 10 gears each in the first race :) On a straight drag race there should be no changing down so dunno what type of gearbox these cars have. Good effects of going through the engine when NOS button pressed, this was quite original and a lot of things have tried to imitate it from ads to bits in other movies.

                      Characters

                      Slightly unbelievable but doesn't take anything away from the racing scenes, its very much a 'boy-racer' type movie, acting isn't all that great, storyline could be much improved and theres no real punch to the love story either, so that doesn't really explain the movies' success. I believe this as down to either (or both of):

                      The originality of the idea
                      The undeserved hype it to start with?

                      Anywho, it wasn't a bad movie, I personally enjoyed it, my points are just to picky, but if anyone asks me what the characters are like, i'd say they have no depth to them, you don't get to really know the backgrounds of them, what they're really like which i think is important with a film.

                      But saying that if you just want a testosterone filled film with no thinking required - watch it, you'll have fun

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                        A high octane, fast film about the cruising culture

                        Written by Ken Li, Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist and David Ayer and directed by Rob Cohen, "Fast and the Furious" is the ultimate petrol head's film that was released back in September 2001.

                        ****Story line****

                        PC Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) is sent undercover in order to solve a spate of highway robberies.

                        The assignment sees Brian mixed up in the world of "cruisers". Cruisers are car enthusiasts that spend their money on various car modifications including stereo systems that are loud enough to make your ears bleed, body kits and other cosmetic changes (to make the cars look better) and engine modifications (to make the cars go faster).

                        The cruisers compete in illegal street racing, which is drag racing on the public highway. The prizes for winning involve substantial amounts of cash or the slip (V5) of the loser.

                        The chief of police thinks that a particular gang of cruisers, consisting of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Mia Toretto (Jordanna Brewster), Jesse(Chad Lindberg), Leon (Johnny Strong), Vince (Matt Schultz) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), are behind the robberies although there is no proof.

                        Brian's objective is to become one of the gang in order to get the perpetrators behind bars. Brian manages to become a contestant in a drag race involving Dominic and after helping him out Brian works his way in to the gang.

                        Brian becomes heavily involved in the gang and when push comes to shove Brian has to make some important decisions to show where his loyalties lie.

                        ****Other characters****

                        In addition to the main characters above, other characters include;

                        Sergeant Tanner - Ted Levine
                        Agent Bilkins - Thom Harry
                        Johnny Tran - Rick Yune
                        Hector - Noel Gugleimi
                        Lance - Reggie Lee
                        Edwin - Ja Rule
                        Harry - Vyto Ruginis

                        Whilst the supporting actors do a really good job in the context of the overall film, none of them are really memorable or outstanding.

                        ****My opinion****

                        This is one of my all time favourite films and I can remember the first time I saw it in the cinema. Whilst I am a self confessed petrol head I am not, nor have I ever been involved in the cruising scene (although it is not so extreme in England as depicted in this film) or the car modifying scene.

                        The story line is gripping throughout and kept me fixed for the duration of the film. This is no easy feat since my attention span, especially at the cinema, can easily disappear. Whilst this film is centred round the robberies and cars there is a lot more depth to this film. There are 'sub stories' centred round forbidden love, gang warfare, social acceptance and friend loyalty.

                        The mix of characters, the variety of cars and how the story develops is great and very well done. It all flows through and there are never any "what happened there?" or "what is going on?" moments.

                        The acting is great and all of the main characters play their part really well, especially Vin Diesel. Dominic Toretto is an interesting character and I think it would be a really difficult character to play well but Vin managed to pull it off. This really is Vin Diesel at his best and I have not seen him in such good form in any other film to date.

                        ****Sound track****

                        The sound track to this film consists of various tunes from the rap, hip-hop genre from many artists including Ja Rule (obviously), Ludacris, Nate Dogg, Scar Face and R Kelly amongst many other famous names across the sene.

                        Rap and Hip-hop music really suits this film and is the only real choice. Having Top Gear Driving Ballads or something of that nature would never have worked on this film.

                        ****Bonus features****

                        I never watch the bonus features of any DVD, regardless of how much I liked the film. According tot eh cover the bonus features of this DVD include:

                        i) Exclusive behind the scenes footage
                        ii) Deleted scenes
                        iii) Extended scenes
                        iv) Multi camera angles
                        v) Much more

                        ****Other****

                        Run time - 106 minutes
                        Certificate - 15
                        8 awards and 11 nominations

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                        An undercover cop (Paul Walker) infiltrates an underworld subculture of LA street racers looking to bust a hijacking ring. He begins to question his loyalties when his new street racing friends appear to be the prime suspects.