The Fast and the Furious
The Fast and the Furious: an undercover cop infiltrates an LA street racing scene in the hopes of busting a ring of hijackers with crazy-good driving skills. So it’s not the most ambitious, smartest, or brilliant piece of film-making, but ‘TFATF’ does what it does really well. It’s brimming with bicep-bulging machismo, dangerously-torqued grotesque muscle cars, nearly-nude dance / club girls, thick green wedges of dead presidents and general glorification of the thug life… There’s a pretty cool soundtrack (for the time), but it’s a little dated now – although dance/trance/rave pounding through entire scenes makes it feel like an arcade game. The characters are all fairly stereotypical, the script’s as cheesy as they come, but these are cancelled out by some decent action set-pieces, some serious stunt-driving, and what’s essentially a ton of car-porn. My biggest gripe is that it feels far too derivative of previous undercover action films like Point Break and No Man’s Land. It’s easy to sneer at a film this dumb, but you’ve got to admire how a bunch of car fanatics could get together and turn out a film with a decent story, awesome cars, great stunts and above all – keep it broad and entertaining.
I am really not a car person, and not an action film person either, but really liked The Fast and The Furious because it is just so SILLY. My favourite from that series is ‘Tokyo Drift’, which is 200% more ridiculous, but the stunts are fun and I think it showcases the drift cars really well. They’re much more glamorous in a fast-driving film than going at 15mph along the bouley.
Did Lee make you watch the ENTIRE box set? Picked it up dirt cheap with Christmas vouchers – cracking investment so far. Definitely silly, and ridiculously focused on FMH/Maxim readers. Have you seen Fast Five yet? Absolutely loved it?
Fast 6 on the way next year.
These are very entertaining films and I have to say I really enjoy them.