Monday, 25 July 2016

Fast & Furious (2009)

Genre

Action | Crime

Director

Justin Lin

Country

USA

Cast

Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Gal Gadot, John Ortiz, Laz Alonso, Jack Conley, Shea Whigham, Tego Calderon, Don Omar, Sung Kang, Liza Lapira, Mirtha Michelle, Greg Cipes, Ron Yuan 

Storyline

Working again for the FBI, Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) teams up with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) to bring down a heroin importer (John Ortiz) by infiltrating his operation. 

Opinion

I'm laughing so much right now because the Italian title says "Original parts only", and this film is basically a copy and paste of the other entries in the franchise. In a few words "Fast & Furious" is a sometimes fast but never furious film that is also tedious beyond words.

I'm getting tired of criticising the lack of a plot but since there isn't one, I have to point that out, and I'm also going to waste some time talking about how ridiculous this already-seen-a-million-times storyline is, how many clich├ęs there are throughout the whole film, and basically how dumb it is in general. I guess this is what happens when you make a useless sequel. Or a useless franchise.

While I forgave those flaws to the previous entries because of the characters and/or action sequences and pace, "Fast & Furious" cannot be saved. There's nothing good about it. The characters, first of all, are goddamn awful. All of them. Character development is an unknown concept to the writers, and the characters are basically what they were in "The Fast and the Furious" 8 years earlier. And the bad guys - wait, I thought they all were bad guys - are two dimensional and dumb.

Earlier when I said "sometimes and fast but never furious" I was of course talking about the action. The bloody awful action. Which is a huge shame for an action flick. There is one, maybe two sequences that are fast and decent, but they are so not thrilling. And the massive use of CGI completely ruin them.

I could spend more of my time, and yours, to talk about the cast, but I think saying the acting is beyond bad will do.

2 comments :

  1. This is why I will never watch any of these flicks because they seem so unappealing. Actually I did see parts of the first film and thought it quite stupid. That's why Vin Diesel has been getting great lines when he played Groot:)

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    1. I agree! I'm surprised he didn't screw up Groot.

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