16 April, 2009

"Fast and Furious" Film Review

Fast and Furious is right about one thing, fuel is as good as gold, and I wasted a few good liters driving to the theater for this.

Fast and Furious is the fourth installment of The Fast and The Furious movies. It’s directed by Justin Lin in 2009, and stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, and John Ortiz.

The first 20 minutes of the movie was alright, the hijacking action scene with the semi truck was awesome. Paul Walker’s foot chase was also very entertaining. Beyond that, the movie began to race towards disappointment. I think the problem was that they tried too hard. The later action scenes were so forced that they had to rely on CGI for most of the final showdown. The acting was so forced that they had to rely on soap opera-esque close ups and dramatic music. The story was so forced that they had to kill a character just to make the movie in the first place. They turned scene-stealer Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) into a brooding, angsty, quasi-hero, which was not of the good. I expected Vin Diesel to show us that devil may care crush you with his thumb badass who prays before a meal charm that he displayed in the first Fast and the Furious installment. Instead, all we got was a brooder who looked constipated most of the time.

And don’t even get me started on Paul Walker’s character. Here’s a little snippet from FBI agent badass wannabe Brian O’Connor:

(Getting ready to race, talking through their car windows)
Dominic Toretto: “You Ready?”
Brian O’Connor: “A lot has changed.”

What the hell was that? You have to watch it to fully understand the “...uh, okay" moment.

On second thought, don’t watch it. Not if you’re expecting more than a fourth rate action movie.

Brian O’Connor: "This is bullshit!"
Fenix Rise: "Go cry to your mama eh?"