One Minute Review: Fast & Furious (2009)

Release Date
April 3, 2009
Director
Justin Lin
Screenplay
Chris Morgan
Distributed By
Universal Pictures
Budget
$85 million
Action, Crime, Thriller
Rated PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual content, language and drug references
107 minutes

Fast & Furious

What helps a franchise stay relevant after a trilogy is returning to form and bringing back all the original characters. “Fast & Furious” is textbook fourth film material. Taking a much darker tone, and pitting Vin Diesel against Paul Walker in a paralleling storyline, this sequel is set apart from the originals by creating a fresh, entertaining feel unlike anything we’ve experienced before. Revisiting and strengthening old relationships not only builds a stronger foundation for future films, but highlights major points of the first film that were most enjoyable. Still focusing on minimal racing and continuing the “2 Fast 2 Furious” model of drivers for hire, the film takes elements from all previous films and expands them.

Whether they hate each other or love each other, Paul Walker and Vin Diesel have a chemistry that is hard to deny. Put them in their respected cars and have them compete and you remember just how much you enjoyed them in the first “Fast and the Furious”. Jordana Brewster is kept under the radar most of the film, but returning to the relationship between her and Walker is a step in the right direction. With a few unexpected twists and a nicely tiered plot progression, even though this is the most forgettable film of the franchise thus far, it still holds some weight and impacts the future of this series.

 

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