Movie Review: The Fast and the Furious (2009)

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Plot: Brian O’Conner, now working for the FBI in LA, teams up with Dominic Toretto to bring down a heroin importer by infiltrating his operation.

Rating: 7/10

Dominic Toretto in the Dominican Republic? Yes, he has his own republic (that was a JOKE)Man, I love Vin Diesel, and this franchise is his legacy. He gets to be a motor-head without being disgusting as most of them are. I am astounded everytime he puts on a shirt that covers his guns, because 1) who would cover them and 2) where does he find shirts big enough to fit over it? I take exception to those awful yellow shoes – YUCK. They were probably in fashion way back and is probably still in fashion in honky-donk places, but sweet holy cow, they are UGLY. Back to his character – it is quite funny that we are rooting for the criminals and not the cops in this franchise (though kudos to the cops always being depicted as good and not corrupt), and how everyone wants Dom to be as free as a bird when he highjacks trucks for a living.

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The moment between Dom and Lettie is so sweet and hot stuff, but he leaves, and isn’t that typical of a man to believe that only he knows what is good for a woman?Lettie’s death was really sad, but you have to wonder how she got back there and got herself killed. It is discussed a while later, but not in great detail. I really do like Michelle Rodriguez as Lettie Ortiz. She was a bit of a joke in the first movie but finally in the fourth one it is clear why everyone loves her when they are fans of the movies. I’ve never loved her in anything except this franchise, but she rocks so much as Lettie.

Also so much pain seeing Han. I love that guy way too much. He has the calmest eyes. It also helps to understand why Dominic would want to avenge his death later on, because that barely made sense at the end of Tokyo Drift.

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Brian O’Connor is back to being a cop. We will ignore how they allowed him back in as he dropped out and lost a criminal everyone is looking for, because we don’t want to spoil the happiness of seeing him in a suit and being all serious. Part of his FBI team is Tring, played by Liza Lapira, one of my favorite bit part actresses. She was awesome in Stupid Crazy Love and she has that same vibe in here that tells me we will get on so well – her facial expressions is pure sarcasm and disbelief. Brian has also stopped saying “BRO” after everything, and that is the best thing that has ever happened, ever. He probably said “bro” six hundred and eighty five times in 2Fast 2Furious. Brian has lost his need to wear board shorts and loose T-shirts – probably to fit in with his “incredibly offensive racial-profiling” black friends in 2 fast 2 furious.

Jordana Brewster is the most wooden actress. In theory I enjoy her presence in the movies – as Dom’s sister and Brian’s love interest she’s yet another thing that binds these men together, but her acting is absolutely awful.

The introduction of Gal Gadot is successfully done, and I really enjoyed her. She has this calm way about her that obviously means you should just never mess with her. I think her accent is gorgeous and so is she, and like I said, I really like her and her work in this franchise.

Fast and the Furious is the first true sequel to the first movie. It is actually far better than the first movie, which was full of racial stereotyping, awful dialogue and even worse acting. This fourth movie returns all of our favorite characters, includes some heartbreak and cause and makes much more sense than those before it. It is certainly better than 2 FAST 2 Furious, the WORST in this franchise – a movie didn’t even suit the theme of the franchise, and Tokyo Drift, a movie that I enjoyed more than the second but was introduced way too early.

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Fast and Furious, as mentioned, made the correct decision of bringing back the old cast. It kept the good things – the cast and the strong male bonding theme, and introduced better graphics, better storylines, much better acting and stronger females (who for once didn’t need saving!). I really loved this movie, but it might be because number two and three is of questionable value.

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See you back for review of Fast Five, a movie with the most memorable scene in all the Fast movies!

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