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The Fast And The Furious (DVD)
Member Name: Mcdaddy
The Fast And The Furious (DVD)
Date: 18/09/01, updated on 19/09/01 (1253 review reads)
Advantages: Some amazing cars, and stunning stunts!
Disadvantages: Can effect driving after watching!
I don't honestly know how long I can cope writing this opinion; this is due to the fact that since last night I have not been able to stop drooling for a period longer than three minutes. I am also guilty of making whooshing noises and whistles when changing the gears in my car.
The reason for this is that last night I was in car heaven, I was in the cinema watching the action packed, high octane fuelled, Nitro burning extravaganza! Also known also as 'The Fast and the Furious'. And to any guys or girls out there who liked the spills and thrills of 'Gone in 60 seconds', I can quite honestly say that this film leaves it very far behind in a huge cloud of exhaust and gritty dust!
The film starts rather tamely at a dock with a ship unloading its cargo of DVD players and video cameras onto the back of an awaiting truck. Then a rather shady looking worker makes a quick call of his mobile to let someone know that the 'shipment' has arrived. It is at this point that the 'key in the engine is turned' so to speak and we are taken on a very fast ride for the next 107 minutes. The Truck is unexpectedly car jacked by three extremely fast and well driven modified black Honda Civic's, and when I say modified I mean modified. Whoever made this film must have been a major car enthusiast! All of the three cars have been completely rebuilt, all with computer controlled fuel injection systems, dump valve gear change, and Nitro burners. For anyone unfamiliar with what a Nitro burner actually is, I shall now explain. In this country it is illegal to have Nitro, or Nitrous Oxide, fitted to your vehicle, as it allows a car to accelerate to up to speeds of 170MPH in a few seconds depending on the vehicle. It burns in the same way that fuel does on a jet fighter so you can appreciate the reason why the government have banned it here (they are such party poopers :-<) One example of a vehicle that has such a Nitro system fitted is t
he Dodge Viper; capable of speeds of up to 200MPH due to its Nitrous Oxide enhanced thrust. Anyway back to the movie. As I was saying these three Civic's proceed in hijacking the truck at speed and driving off with its contents.
The film then changes and we are now sat in a little coffee shop run by brother and sister duo Dominic and Mia Toretto (played by Vin Diesel from 'Pitch Black', and Jordana Brewster from 'The Faculty'), a hang out for Dominic's team of elite street racers. The team comprises of Dominic the leader, and five other drivers who rule the roads with speed and precision built cars. As you can imagine their lifestyles are as fast and dangerous as their cars, and as a result do not appreciate strangers and new faces in their territory. And this is what appearing innocently enough Brian Spillner (played by Paul Walker from 'The Skulls') has to contend with when he comes to get his Tuna Sandwich from Mia every day. If there is any romantic subplot in the film this is between Mia and Brian, and that is only on for about 2 minutes. I warn you now people that this is not a movie for the lovey dovey couple to hold hands to. There is no romance, no sweet whispering in the ears, just raw speed. As it was the case however, I had taken my girlfriend with me to see this and you will find out at the end of this opinion what both of us thought about this movie.
As would be expected the team doesn't take kindly to Brian and a scuffle erupts, Dom breaks it up and Brian is determined to earn his respect and become a part of the elite team. However Brian is not all he appears. He is really Brian O'Connor, an undercover cop working for the police and the FBI in an attempt to infiltrate and bring to justice the group who has been hijacking the truckers, before they turn into vigilantes and take matters into their own hands. So how do you impress a speed freak with a super car? Yep you guessed it, you beat him a
t his own game.
So that same evening Brian enters into the street race of his life against Dom and three other racers with cars that make you just want to scream with delight. I heard one guy who was sitting behind us moan when one of the stereos in the cars was turned on and you were greeted with the low hum of Dolby digital bass. Personally I was more impressed with the laptop that Brian was using to control the use of Nitro in his car. Once the police scanner confirmed that the area was free of activity the signal was given. And with that the race had begun, with Brian desperately trying to win for the money and prove himself to Dom, and to make matters worse he has entered his car in as the entry fee of $2000 so if he loses the winner takes his $80,000 beast.
Brian drives both himself and his car to the limit, with bursts of Nitro known as NOS, and his P.C beeping wildly telling him that his manifold is about to give way. At the end of the race it is pretty safe to say that his car would have been crying from the punishment if it had had the chance. However there is no real time to reflect as just as the race ends the police catch wind of the street race and send in a multitude of squad cars to break it up and arrest the ringleader Dom. In a burst of exhaust and a cloud of tyre smoke around a hundred cars are gone in seconds. Dom knows that he is the one that the police are after, and hides his car in a car park and decides to make the rest of the journey on foot so he doesn?t lose his pride and joy if he is arrested. And as his luck would have it a squad car notices him straight away. He makes a run for it but has no real chance on foot, that is until a car screams to a halt behind him, his saviour has appeared in the form of Brian. Together they lose the police, but are then encountered by an even greater, life-threatening situation. They are surrounded by bikes, with each driver holding an automatic machine pistol, and are directed to an ind
ustrial park. It is here that we are introduced to the sinister Johnny Tran (played by Rick Yune), a long time archrival of Dom due to racing and Dom sleeping with his sister. After the initial threats Tran leaves, only to turn around and shoot up Brian?s car, blowing it up. As you can imagine Brian is not best pleased, but he has achieved what he set out to do and earned the trust, and what will turn out to be true friendship, of Dom.
It is after this event that Brian is torn on his judgement, who is responsible for the robberies on the trucks? Is it Dom, who appears to be too relaxed and controlled, and after already spending time in prison swears never to go back. On the other hand is it Tran, who appears to be organised and ruthless with the funds and resources to pull of the jobs. Either way Brian only has a few days to crack the ring before he is pulled of the case and the FBI takes matters into their own hands, as will the Truckers.
I am sorry if I have gone a bit in depth here, but this is quite literally only the first thirty minutes of the film, and is also the entire framework for the story. In their direction Rob Cohen and John Ireland realised that when making a film about cars that can achieve speeds beyond belief the last thing that the audience who would be coming to see it is a love story. And in this movie they well and truly deliver. I was astonished to see some of the work that had been done on the cars that were being displayed in the film. One comment that was made I could have quite easily believed, 'He must have over $100,000 under the hood of that car, and you want to race him?'. In parts there was some non car related scenes, these did add in making the story, and kept the audience on track with the events; it was almost like a summary every 30 minutes on what has just flashed before your eyes in case you missed it. I can thoroughly say that during its running there was not one dull moment in this film, and if the
re wasn't a moment of high paced action there was plenty of cars for everyone to drool over and envy during the wait.
In a round up this is definitely a film for the car lovers out there, and I hate to say it but this is going to probably end up being a film for the guys. Its not all cars, there is some eye candy there for the guys in the form of Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez (from 'Girlfight') who plays Dom's girlfriend. But in all honesty I hardly noticed, as I was too busy looking at all of the super cars that they had on display.
For the ladies, well my girlfriend was more impressed with Walker while my close friend was drooling over Diesel; I guess its down to whatever blows your whistle. All I did know was that every time a race came on, or there was some high speed action, my girlfriend just looked at me while I was chuckling like a fool and dribbling, I think she shook her head at me a few times in pity. Needless to say I didn't get dumped, even though she really didn't like it, and labelled it a lads film. She also put up with the car ride home, as me and my mate sat in the front making whoosh noises every time he changed gear and I kept on looking for the Nitro button. One thing that you do not want to do after this film is drive, not unless you have watched something else straight after in order to calm you down.
Guys watch this, if you truly appreciate cars you will really enjoy this movie.
Girls, I have it on good information that both Diesel and Walker look 'Hot' and 'Would not be kicked out of bed for farting', so if you are not a car lover you can watch these two in action for a few hours. However ladies, please humour us guys if we act a little strange in movies like this, and the making noises in the car only lasts for a couple of hours/days.