RETRO-REVIEW: ‘Fast & Furious’ – The New Model

“One thing I learned from Dom is that, nothing really matters unless you have a code.”

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I’ve never watched Fast & Furious.

That’s not to say I haven’t seen it. I’ve just watched it sporadically, picking up parts of it here and there.

Come the conclusion of the film, I asked myself why I hadn’t watched it right through before.

FF53Justin Lin returns to continue his Directorial work that rejuvenates the series and takes it from Automotive-Antics through to All-Out-Action.
With the cast from The Fast & The Furious coming back to continue their story, they begin to merge it with the details we were given from Han in Tokyo Drift.

We find Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) in the Dominican Republic with his new crew (Letty, Han, Cara, Leo and Santos) doing what they do best.
Hijacking fuel tankers (liquid gold in the nation), it appears that Dom and his crew haven’t changed. When their latest heist almost fails, Dom leaves the life to ensure Letty’s safety. Several weeks later he’s called by his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) with news that draws him back to Los Angeles.

Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) is now in the FBI after clearing his name in 2 Fast 2 Furious. Chasing down a highly dangerous Drug Lord, Arturo Braga, Brian and Dom cross paths once more with the same goal…

To bring down Braga.

FF54As they infiltrate his driving team, they meet Gisele Yashar (Gal Gadot) who incidentally guides them through the underworld as they come closer to capturing Braga and find themselves reconnecting as brothers.

With the story starting to weave together, Lin takes the chance to filter it all under a new light. With greys and blues dancing around, the action becomes more intense and frequent. From footpaths to rooftops; To deserts and secret tunnels, Lin takes the cast through their most intense ride yet.
The cast come with 8 years of experience since they last rode together, and it shows. With a more intense look to them, a maturity worn proudly as a side-effect of their NOS-injected adventures, they refuel the tank for a story that revitalises the series, which shows with the amount of excitement it continues to generate at the Box Office.

“I ain’t runnin’ anymore.”

And we ain’t either.

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“Maybe you’re not the good guy pretending to be a bad guy.
Maybe you’re the bad guy pretending to be the good guy.”


 

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