Excerpt: The shocking and unexpected death of actor Paul Walker last November has certainly put a damper on the future film ( Fast and Furious 7.) It certainly made revisiting this 4 th film a sad and bittersweet experience. Clearly these will never be remembered as Oscar-worthy films, but they were never intended as such. One of the joys of the original film ( The Fast and the Furious) is the strong emphasis on character over plot.
Excerpt: It's not a secret studios love franchises, and honestly they'd be foolish not to. In the high risk, high reward world of big budget filmmaking security of any sort is hard to come by and a franchise with a dedicated fan base is about as good as it's going to get. Even better is a franchise based off a gimmick or brand instead of a particular story or actor, so that it can keep going on forever, impervious to originality or the whims of actors.
Excerpt: Vin Diesel is pretty smart. He can calculate – on the fly – the trajectory, speed, and height of a bouncing, flaming fuel tanker coming at his car. Then, he can tell the exact timing he’ll need to push his car underneath it instead of becoming a part of the exploding metal. That’s impressive for a guy dumb enough to recklessly drive cars through city streets at high speed. Oh, and Vin Diesel is tough too.
Summary: Maybe you're the bad guy pretending to be the good guy . Fast & Furious plays out neither quickly nor furiously. A complete letdown in every frame, the film fails to capitalize on the reunion of the primary characters from the first film, cementing the notion that it is story, not characters, that make a movie. The plot of Fast & Furious is as bland as a no-name frozen dinner, and the racing sequences are but a hodgepodge of CGI that never looks all that convincing.
Conclusion: It's hard not to bestow a highly recommended stamp on this baby. While the movie itself isn't a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination, it is a whole lot of fun. The AV is superb and the collection of extras is truly impressive. Race to the store for this one!
Excerpt: Having just seen "The Fast and the Furious" the other night, I can’t speak to the validity of the franchise as a whole. The fourth film is actually the third in the timeline of the Fast and Furious series, following 2 Fast 2 Furious, but is also a prequel to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (which also just happened to have the same director). The film is full of cars, violence, and girls, as I had expected.
Excerpt: Fast and Furious exists in a world where the future of a multi-billion dollar drug smuggling industry rests entirely on whether or not they can find guys to drive fast. Were I a drug kingpin, I’d probably smuggle my Meth across the border in small baggies carried by legions of unsuspecting college kids crammed into dirty Ford Pintos and old Chevy vans. Or maybe you just walk it across. That seems to work for millions of illegal immigrants.
Summary: Number four in the most souped-up, turbo-charged franchise in the movie world has arrived, and it’s not deviating too far from the playbook that made it such a success up to this point. If anything, it tries to recapture those bygone glory days by re-casting Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in the roles that made them stars.