650. Fast & Furious

650-fast-and-furiousBackground info

Title: Fast & Furious
Director: Justin Lin
Year: 2009
Run time: 1hr 47m

“Vin Diesel and Paul Walker reteam with Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster for the ultimate chapter of the franchise built on speed! When fugitive Dominic Toretto (Diesel) returns to Los Angeles to avenge a loved one’s death, it reignites his feud with agent Brian O’Conner (Walker). But, as they race through crowded city streets and across international lines, they must test their loyalties by joining together to bring down a shared enemy. From big rig heists to precision tunnel crawls, Fast & Furious takes you back into the high-octane world, which lives for speed, drives for the rush and breaks all the rules!”

Live blog

1:40 – Michelle could so be Tomb Raider in the vest.
5:15 – It’s insane things could go wrong for them like this and then they’d keep doing it later. Eek!
7:21 – Amazing!
13:25 – Cor, look at him doing actual police work.
15:56 – Funeral with a host of bright sports cars, I guess she’d want it that way.
22:23 – I like that, ghost of an accident scene.
26:41 – Dude just caught an engine one-handed! Why do people continue to mess with Vin?
27:58 – “Maybe you’re the bad guy pretending to be the good guy.” He so is!
32:06 – Keeping up the “worst cop ever” routine here.
33:50 – Epic Castrol product placement.
38:46 – It’s blatant how much extra budget they had for this film.
44:29 – “When the GPS calls, you follow.”
1:00:22 – How is she getting her signal to them in the tunnel? That’s some epic wi-fi.
1:07:32 – Yay, first film reference! Didn’t take long to repay the debt though.
1:15:39 – “Is that what they told you? Do you still put milk and cookies out for Santa?’
1:23:16 – Jeez that’s a loud engine. Worst neighbours ever.
1:30:57 – Wow, that looks like Mad Max!
1:35:36 – My god these people know how to wreck cars.
1:39:40 – Seriously, how can he live with himself being a cop!?

Conclusions

Ah ha, this is the sort of thing we started watching the series for! So much better than the third outing and fantastic to have the group, particularly Vin, back together. It was a bit frustrating that Brian was allowed back to the FBI, but that also continues to be a running joke for us, so not the worst thing ever.

It was also disappointing that after Michelle Rodriguez’s amazing first stunt, there seemed to be a lack of strong female action. But otherwise, great stunts, slightly better acting, far better visuals, perhaps slightly too much CGI, but a good story and I’m really starting to like these characters!

Rating: 4/5.

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