Sunday, May 3, 2009

Fast & Furious

At one point in Fast & Furious, Paul Walker's character Brian O'Connor remarks, "A lot has changed."

Well, no--not really.

Nothing much has changed other than dropping the "The" from the title and killing off one of the lead characters (it's not Vin or Paul, so relax people...) It's all about race scenes, chase scenes and cars, cars and more cars.

Call it "gearhead porn."

But even more than that, it's about "muscle" cars. Or muscle AND cars in the case of Vin Diesel--reprising his breakout role as Dom Toretto.

Diesel doesn't disappoint in the muscle department barely breaking a sweat as he holds an engine block poised perilously over a lead's head, dangles a potential informant out the window and punches the glass out of two car windows. He's a special effect all on his own and pretty much my reason for seeing the flick.

The opening set piece played numerous times on trailers and ads and yet it was still damn thrilling to witness. Basically it's Dom's gang up to their old tricks--this time hijacking petro trucks. Sure there are big plot holes that you could drive a semi through, but who cares when you're having this much fun? The final chase scene is pretty much a demolition derby--it's a testosterone filled lovefest of over the top action.

Kudos to director Justin Lin for filming and editing the action sequences so that they are actually thrilling to watch rather than just a confused muddle.

What's not to like?

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