Monday, March 29, 2010

The Fast and the Furious. B


It took me long enough, but I've finally seen the first of four 'Fast and Furious' movies. Simply titled 'The Fast and the Furious,' Rob Cohen's sleek race car spectacle delivers the necessary goods for this sort of B-movie entertainment. It's purpose is to glamorize street car racing and it does just that. Cohen's camera scans the different vehicles from multiple angles multiple times. He wants us to see everything these babies have to offer. Cohen also recognizes the similarity between cars and women and places them in the same frame pretty frequently. He glosses the women, he glosses the cars, and then he gets big muscle men behind the wheels of the vehicles to give the movie some narrative focus. So yeah, there's a story here, too. Paul Walker plays an undercover cop who's trying to earn the respect of big-time street racer named Dominic, played by Vin Diesel. He's hoping to nail some hijackers connected to the street car world. Of course he then starts to mix in with the group and proceeds to fall in love with Dominc's sister. The love story was stale and poorly written and it was really put in just for the sake of it. The real interest for me came with the racing sequences, which were fun, daring, and extremely dangerous. Before the movie even starts Paul Walker warns the audience that the stunts were performed by serious professionals. I don't think the movie will ever be a classic, but it's a big improvement over a movie like 'Gone in Sixty Seconds.' It's supreme entertainment, though I'd think only for its intended audience, males from 12 to, well, however old it takes to stop being interested in cars.

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