Movie Review: Fast & Furious (2009)

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My month of “Fast and the Furious” is moving along pretty fast (and furious). So now it is time to review the fourth movie in the series!

Ladies and gentlemen… “Fast & Furious”!

So in this movie we see the return of Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) who has to team up with FBI agent Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker, R.I.P) to take down a drug importer by infiltrating his organization. If this sounds familiar then you’d be right, this is the same plot as in “2 Fast 2 Stupid Title”. Only difference this time is that Brian works for the FBI and instead of annoying Tyrese Gibson we get Vin Diesel. I also feel like the story was handled slightly better in this movie than in “2 Fast 2 Stupid Title”. The biggest negative though comes from the fact this movie takes itself so seriously at times. The previous movie at least knew that they were stupid as shit and fun. This one tries to be serious while also being a movie featuring Fast cars and Furious Vin Diesel. But like I said, I did enjoy the plot slightly more here than in that other one I mentioned before.

The characters, while taking themselves too seriously sometimes, are good. Vin Diesel is being Vin Diesel in this movie and that is something I enjoy. And Paul Walker got slightly better since last we saw him. His performance has slightly improved and that makes me happy. The other actors in the movie are pretty good too. Everybody are pretty good overall.

The music was once again filled with a lot of hip-hop tracks with a few Limp Bizkit styled songs. And they managed to fit them in perfectly this time. One of the problems I had with the music of the original movie was that it felt like they only threw the music in and gave no thought to when and where to use what tracks. And for every movie they have gotten slightly better at it. And in this one they nailed it. We also get another original score by Brian Tyler! And as per usual it is great. Just as cool and well put together as his score in “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift”. Would I say it’s his best score? No, but I think it is really good.

The action in this movie is great! Wnat proof? Watch the first five minutes of this movie and say that the little heist(ish) scene in the beginning isn’t badass and awesome! That scene is exciting and really well filmed. And so are the rest of the action scenes in this movie. Justin Lin really seems to know how to direct good action. Again, the cars are Fast and the Vin Diesel is Furious. And I like that!

So how was this movie received? What did people think? Meh. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a 28% positive rating. On Metacritic it has a score of 45/100. Roger Ebert wasn’t overly positive to it and gave it 1,5/4 stars. And on imdb.com it has a score of 6,6/10 (Sidenote: The same score as the first movie in the series).

“Fast & Furious” is a movie that takes the plot of a previous movie in the franchise but does it slightly better, has enjoyable characters with decent performances, a really good score by Brian Tyler and terrific action. But it is also brought down by it trying to take itself so seriously. Time for my final score. *Deep breath* My final score for “Fast & Furious” is an 8,59/10. I do think it is worth buying.
Worth buying

Review of “Fast & Furious” is done.

I wonder if those cars go on… (Vin) Diesel *Smug Face*

 

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