Welcome to the Fast and the Furious week!
Furious 7 opened this past weekend. I did end up going to see it on Sunday evening.
The Fast and the Furious series may have had its up and downs in the first few in the series but its turned into something that’s pure brainless entertainment full of over the top sequences, loud race cars and a signature crew that aren’t friends but have become a family. Together, they pull off the unimaginable. Can you tell that I have a massive love for this series? The release of Furious 7 is something more. I’ll elaborate on that when I get to that review but I decided that before that review goes up, I’m going to review all the ones before 🙂
Its a last minute decision. Sorry that it didn’t go up earlier….
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Director: Rob Cohen
Cast: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg, Matt Schulze, John Strong
FBI agent Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) is sent to be an undercover cop to find out who is behind a series of hijackings connected to the street car gangs. He tries to get himself known to Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who is the best of the best in the street racing world. After saving Toretto after a race, he get introduced to his “family” and not only understand and respect Toretto a little better but also fall in love with his sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster). As he starts getting involved into the street racing world, he starts questioning where his loyalties lie.
The Fast and the Furious is kind of like Need For Speed in a movie. Side note: its also why I didn’t think Need For Speed needed to be made into a movie. Back on track, this series starts with tons of flashy fast cars and there’s heists and cops and undercover. Its the first step into the world of street car racing world and getting to know that this crew is as respectable if not more than even the righteous cops. Maybe that’s why, Brian O’Connor would make the choices he made when he was undercover. Its a beginner’s guide to what being a street racer is and especially about respect and loyalty with a crew.
What makes The Fast and the Furious iconic for me is Vin Diesel and his role as Dominic Toretto. His family: Mia (played by Jordana Brewster) and girlfriend Letty (played by Michelle Rodriguez) both have a significant way to show who his character is. Dom is the brother and the leader. He takes responsible and does what is the best for everyone. He may be in the illegal racing world and does other stuff on the side that isn’t exactly legit but his character is really great and that makes The Fast and the Furious such a great watch.
Starting this series is kind of like my long goodbye to Paul Walker. I have to admit that Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor isn’t all that memorable when the series first starts. Although he is the central character and brings the audience into this different world, he never shines. There’s something off about who he is but what makes his character a little funny is that he tries REALLY hard to fit in and somehow he just doesn’t get it, until he eventually does.
The Fast and the Furious may be a little cheesy at times but its a good way to start the series. It introduces the street racing world with its flashy cars and the world of surrounding Dominic Toretto and his family. At the same time, we get to know Brian O’Connor a little. The main players enter the Fast and the Furious world and although not quite solid in this one, they show potential for a further development.
Now, the question is how does it hold up in its sequels, right? 😉 I’m sure everyone’s who has seen the series will have a different opinion on it. You’ll just have to wait for the next review coming up really soon to see what I thought 🙂
Did you like The Fast and The Furious? Was it a good way to start the series?
6 thoughts on “The Fast and the Furious (2001)”
I think the first one is actually a decent little stand-alone movie. Vin Diesel is terrific and it is a great action. Let down by the next few sequels.
Agree! 🙂 Vin Diesel has an irreplaceable presence in this series.
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Stupid, but kind of fun. Kind of. Nice review Kim.
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Thanks Dan! 🙂 I don’t think Fast series was ever smart…just saying..haha! Its brainless fun 😉
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