Fast and the Furious, The (2001) is a high speed roller coaster ride of thrilling, high octane action. It certainly doesn't waste time with intricate plots and cleverly developed characters, but then that would defeat the whole point of it.
This film is a must see for anyone into the world of racing and performance cars and a should see for those looking for an action packed bit of escapism. As the name suggests, The Fast and the Furious is fast, and with the excellent sound track blasting out there's no chance to leave for more popcorn half way through.
Director Rob Cohen sets out to convey the adrenalin rush of illegal street racing, and achieves it in every scene. The sense of rivalry with the aim of gaining power and respect on the streets of Los Angeles is what this films all about. But this comes at a price, and to fund what is a way of life for Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his gang, they turn their skills to lorry hijackings.
Undercover cop Brian Spindler (Paul Walker) has the job of investigating the hijackings carried out by the gang and as he works his way into the underworld he discovers a strong loyalty and when he gets involved with Toretto's sister, Mia (played by Jordana Brewster) his new found allegiance is tested to the limit.
The powerful nitrous injected cars play as much a part as the actors and are sometimes more impressive, particularly than the lead role, played by an uninspiring Walker, who was to be fair, probably cast for his looks rather than his acting ability. The dialogue for all the characters is kept short and to the point, which leaves more time for action scenes, some of which rank alongside other films of the same style such as gone in 60 Seconds (2000). Expect a familiar storyline which I'm sure will remind many of films such as Point Break (1991) and Drop Zone (1994).
Although not groundbreaking, The Fast and the Furious accomplishes what it sets out to do, so prepare for a non-stop, high velocity nitrous burning spectacular.
With thanks to the Warner Village Cinema at
Clifton Moor Centre, York.