By Jack Rico
Rated: PG-13 for for intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual content, language and drug references.
Release Date: 2009-04-03
Starring: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson
Official Website: http://www.fastandfuriousmovie.net/
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‘Fast & Furious,’ the fourth installment to the classic car action film ‘Fast and the Furious’ franchise, revisits the lives of the original cast members and their unexpected reunion after eight years apart from each other. This time around, the film amps up the action sequences and presents more character development than the first part. Those moments unfortunately do not work well and are perhaps the most risible and feeble scenes of the film. Nevertheless, the end result is fun, brainless entertainment that combines nostalgia with unadulterated action.
Vin Diesel and Paul Walker meet up again when an unfortunate incident brings them back to the highways of Los Angeles as they are forced to confront a shared enemy. Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to ever outmaneuver him and fulfill their individual and personal agendas.
I have never been a big fan of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, but I guess the old adage of “you never know what you have until you lose it” has some truth to it. I am referring to the original cast of Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster – whose absence from parts two and three (2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift) were tremendously felt. With their anticipated reunion on this third sequel, mostly a nostalgic one, the ‘hype’ surrounding the original film in 2001 was merited. These four individuals together bring a tremendous charge of allure to the big screen which will no doubt make this film a box office success. Expect a high dosage of high speed car chases, gun battles and a heavy Latino vibe from the actors, the locations and music.