They've got the adrenaline rush and the mean machines, but most of all, they've got the extreme need for speed. On the turbo-charged streets of Los Angeles, every night is a championship race. With nitro-boosted fury, Domi... more »nic Toretto (Vin Diesel), rules the road turning all his challengers into dust. He and his rival, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune) are the boldest, the baddest and the best. But now, there's new rage on the road. They know he's tough, they know he's fast, but what they don't know is that he's a speed demon detective (Paul Walker) with enough drive and determination to come out the winner. With intense full-throttle action, awesome high-speed stunts, and full-on pedal to the metal intensity, this fast and furious assault puts you in the driver's seat and dares you to exceed all limits.« less
"Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) rules the streets with his "team" in the world of illegal street races. Running a luncheonette and a garage, Dominic makes money to pay for the mortgage on his house, and keep his sister (Jordana Brewster) in school, but that money alone is not enough so he resorts to the illegal ways to keep the cash flowing. Vowing to kill himself before returning to prison, Dominic stays one step ahead of the police until he meets Brian (Paul Walker), an undercover cop investigating a series of bizarre truck heists.The FBI believe Dominic and his crew are behind the robberies, and it's Brian's job to find enough evidence against, but putting together the case against this crew will prove to be difficult because Brian becomes friends with Dominic and starts to understand his difficult life, and at the same time he is falling in love with his sister. To make matters worse, Dominics rival Johnny Tran drops in to settle some old scores, and the list of suspects in the robbery case is growing larger.`The Fast And The Furious' is top-notch entertainment. Containing serious action sequences, and a thrilling mystery of the robberies, `The Fast And The Furious scores on many levels. The action scenes are some of the best filmed racing sequences I have ever scene, and the pulsing soundtrack keeps things at a high energy level.The performances from Walker, and Diesel are right on the money, and the supporting cast of Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez, Chad Linberg, Johnny Strong and Ted Levine bring life to the characters they play.Great action, and a pulsing soundtrack will keep you glued to your seat for two hours of entertainment."
Mr. JKW | 12/19/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I found this movie extremely enjoyable and would recomend buying it. I would, however, warn you that this is a guy movie. if you are not a guy you might not like it. Some other reviewers didnt seem to like it very much. they claim that beyond hot girls, action and fast cars, this movie has little appeal. These critics fail to consider the purpose of an action movie- to entertain the masses.(thus the hot girls, fast cars and of course action) Perhaps if this movie were a drama then you could rip it for lack of good scripting or whatever else. Fast and the Furious does what it has to do it - entertains the action/adventure connoseiurs, just like Arnold, bruce willis or any of the other greats does. To compare this movie to a drama or an academy award winner is to compare a lexus to a supra ---they're for difffrent crowds. This becomes blatantly obvious as we see by the two kinds of reviews it gets - either great or terrible. so if ure a guy who likes guy movies, buy it, if you are not, buy Marry Poppins with your hard earned dollars and ponder the britsh approach to industrialization. Meanwhile we'll be on the edge of our seats while the '69 charger cooks rice as the sun sets on another good 'ol american style action movie."
Full of Testosterone?
Mr. JKW | Honolulu, Hawai'i | 01/23/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"THE MOVIE:The Story"The Fast and the Furious" follows the story of an undercover cop, Brian `O Connell, infiltrating a street racing gang in hopes of uncovering a smuggling operation.Movie Features:Tons of fast and hot cars, "men's men," some hot women and a pounding urban hip-hop, metal soundtrack. This is definitely a guy's movie.Downsides:The plot isn't really well developed and to get the full story you'll probably have to watch the film a few times. For example, you really don't catch what it is that Brian is really trying to investigate. Overall, with some of the themes in this film this movie probably isn't all that appropriate for kids and probably will not be enjoyed by the more "matured" crowd. The movie upon it's release was somewhat controversial for it's glamorization of the illegal and dangerous "street racing" culture.Plusses:If you're looking for a fun, action filled flick this movie does the trick for you. It's definitely high-octane and high-adrenaline with tons of fast racing scenes with fast cars and fast bikes, a handful of fighting. Plus the hard soundtrack will make you want to get up on your feet. Overall, if you're a guy who's young or young at heart, this is YOUR movie with some cool cars, hot chicks, etc.THE DVD:Like most new DVD releases this movie is just STACKED with tons of extras, some good and some "whatever."1. Commentary with director Rob Cohen: standard fare...2. Making of "The Fast and the Furious" documentary3. Theatrical Trailer4. Deleted scenes with director commentary: some were pretty cool but the film isn't any better with them...alright feature...5. Music videos: Alright...6. Special Effects Montage: This was a cool video...7. Interactive eight camera angle stunt sequence and Movie Magic interactive special effects: Basically this just shows the different angles of the final scene in the movie with the train. It's okay...but kinda "whatever" as you view it...8. Lots of other features including DVD ROM features, you get the idea...Overall, if you're really into the movie the DVD features are a nice mixed bag of cool stuff (commentary, special effects montage, etc) and some not so cool stuff. If you're really into the movie get the DVD, if you are ambivalent it may be good for a rental or a pass.THE VERDICT:Overall, while this movie probably won't win anyone critical awards or make any "must-see" lists, this movie is good for what it is - a two hour diversion and entertainment. This movie is probably best viewed by younger guys into cars, chicks and street music. Anyone else may either take it or leave it...Mildly Recommended"
FAST, FURIOUS, and entertaining
AOTuning | LA | 08/05/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Look. I know that most who've seen this movie (especially the teeenage boys) will automatically tell you "Yea man! It rocked! It's the best movie ever!"Personally, I'm a tunerhead. I love suped up cars, and the whole street racing scene. I can't say how this movie can relate to the real midnight street racers, but I'm sure it's been Hollywooded up enough to go overboard a little.But, I was expecting to see terrible acting, a bad script, a bad plot, but cool cars. In reality, the acting is very well done. The script isn't corny, the plot is entertaining, and, well...the cars speak for themselves. (Vin Diesel's Mazda RX7 in the movie just went up for bid on Ebay!) This movie, whether you're into cars, or not, is a must-see. My friends who get bored even when I mention cars and racing still loved the movie for its other aspects. I thought it was awesome, but, hey, to each his own. Why don't you go and see it to check it out?"
Gets off the starting line, but falls short of finish line
D. Roberts | Battle Creek, Michigan United States | 06/29/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS is a movie with an assortment of far-fetched ingerdients that combine to make up a far-fetched plot. It offers beautiful cars and obnoxious characters who combine for some impressive racing / getaway / highway-jacking scenes.In the end, however, there is one genuinely worthwhile reason to see this movie: Vin Diesel. This is the first movie I've seen him in and I was quite taken with his acting style. He has an exceptional screen-presence, especially for a relative newcomer to the acting guild. The jury is still out on whether Diesel can play more than just a tough-guy, but even if he can't, he still plays that role very well. I'm looking forward to seeing him in TRIPLE-X.Beyond Diesel's theatrical performance, the film does not offer a whole lot. The "hero" of the movie is a cop who is less likeable than the "villain" (played by Diesel). He also non-chalantly breaks the #1 rule in a policeman's code-of-conduct: never EVER commit an crime with the efficacy of enforcing a law. But oh, well, this is Hollywood.If you want a far superior movie in the fast car genre, I would recommend GONE IN 60 SECONDS. To me, it was far more satisfying than this one."