The Fast and the Furious
Director: Rob Cohen
Writer: Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist, David Ayer
Based on: Ken Li’s article Racer X
Cast: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg, Johnny Strong, Matt Schulze, Ted Levine, Ja Rule
Brian (Paul Walker) is an undercover cop who is investigating a series of truck robberies and their ties to the underground racing community. In particular, her tries to infiltrate Dom’s (Vin Diesel) gang in which he finally succeeds after saving Dom’s ass after a race raid. But soon Brian finds himself sympathizing more with Dom than he thought.
[I think I’ve seen The Fast and the Furious once before, a while ago. Anyway, I’m not treating this as a re-watch because even if I did, I don’t remember anything about it.]
I’m not somebody who enjoys cars or (car) chase scenes a whole lot. With those prerequisites I probably enjoyed The Fast and the Furious as much as I could enjoy it, apart from a few cringe-worthy moments. It’s not particularly awesome, but it is fun.
The first thing that hit me about this film is how utterly 90s it is. I mean, yeah, it wasn’t even shot in the 90s, but everything about it just smakes of about 1994. Especially Michelle Rodriguez and her outfits. I swear, when she comes first on screen, I didn’t know whether I should cringe or laugh or cry or all three at the same time because it was all so ridiculous.
I don’t think it’s Rodriguez’ fault. The script just tries way too hard to be cool. To me it felt like a soccerparent trying themselves at gangsta speak (after a very good introduction to it). Everything just felt off, slightly wrong and a with that a little laughable. Not that I’m a great expert at gangsta speak, I’m probably more in the soccerparent territory myself. But that’s just the vibe I got.
But even though the script and the characters are pretty clichéd and the acting is not really top-notch (though Vin Diesel at least has a good presence on screen and Michelle Rodriguez kills it, when her character allows it) and the constant objectification of women and I just don’t know what to do with cars and car chases and car explosions and car everythings… Despite all of that, the film is somehow bigger than the sum of it parts.
I didn’t love it, I’m not going to go out and buy the DVD and plaster my walls with The Fast and the Furious posters, but I had fun in a turn-your-brain-off kind of way. Plus, the kiss scene with Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez is pretty steamy.
Summarising: If you like cars and/or action movies, you can do a lot worse than watch this.