RETRO-REVIEW’ing ‘The Fast & The Furious’ franchise!

“You never had me. You never had your car!”

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Retroactively reviewing the Fast & The Furious franchise wasn’t something I planned on doing.

With Furious 7 releasing a week from now, and my somehow conveniently seeing the first part of the series playing on TV where I inadvertently live-tweeted things like:

 

And:

 

It was put to me that maybe I should consider reviewing this film once more, and then watch and review the rest of the series in celebration of the release of Furious 7.

So here we are!

A series which has taken one film about car culture which was experiencing mainstream popularity in the early 2000’s, and turning it into an ‘Action Movie’ franchise that still draws in Box Office-winning numbers 14 years later.

Without further wait, let’s punch some NOS and retro-review The Fast & The Furious franchise!


FF2Maybe nostalgia is sprinkled all across The Fast & The Furious, but damn if you don’t get excited when the first Action sequence occurs!
With a group of Honda Civic’s hijacking a truck, all finely tuned and lighting up the roads with Neon underneath, the movie draws you into its motoring world.

Shifting gears, the film introduces our first major character Brian O’Conner, played by the late and great Paul Walker, who’s test driving a Mitsubishi Eclipse by being a reckless hoon. Spinning out and clearly muddled over what went wrong, he heads off for a Tuna sandwich to hopefully cure this confusion.
Here we meet Dominic and Mia Toretto, played by the macho Vin Diesel and affable Jordana Brewster, along with Dom’s crew which includes his partner Letty Ortiz (the fantastic Michelle Rodriguez) because “HELL YEAH!”, girl racers too!

The story conveniently creates some tension with Vince (Matt Schulze) and Brian appearing to fight for the eye of Mia, or maybe because Vince just knows Brian is up to something, which leads up to the first big race! (Featuring a Ja Rule cameo, OHHH!)

From here the film begins to build on the family aspect that becomes stronger as the franchise develops, with Brian earning Dom’s trust and being let into his world.

FF3As the truth slowly begins to come out, we’re led through new cars being built, Race Wars in deserts and an old rival of Dom’s coming to shoot everyone, culminating in a final showdown between brothers.

The Fast & The Furious starts off the franchise with a full tank of gas ready to carry it to wherever it ends up.
With a cast you can root for, their chemistry shining through, you can’t help but feel like you want to be there fist-bumping all of them hoping some of the cool wipes off.

Its age having no effect for me, with a selection of cars being stand-out models for their time (The Mk4 Toyota Supra still revered as one of the best modern high-powered street legal cars), it races past that oncoming train because “winning is winning”.

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“I live my life a quarter-mile at a time. Nothing else matters. For those 10 seconds or less…

I’m free.”


 

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