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Fast & Furious (2009) – The Fourth Installment
Fast & Furious (2009) is set five years after the original (and before the events in Tokyo Drift) the fourth installment of the franchise sees the Fast & Furious back to its best. Reuniting Paul Walker and Vin Diesel as Brian O’Conner and Dominic Toretto, Fast & Furious sees them work together to take on drug baron Arturo Braga, played by John Ortiz, and avenge a murder along the way.
Walker and Diesel aren’t the only members of the original cast to return to the Fast & Furious . Both Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez are back, playing Mia and Letty. While both stars are undeniable eye-candy, their acting chops ensure they add genuine value to the film.
Fast & Furious (2009): Finally A Sequel to the Original
After a disappointing sequel and even more disappointing follow-up, fans waited with bated breath to see whether Fast & Furious (2009) would live up to its name and, this time, patience is a virtue. Separate arcs bring O’Conner and Toretto back together again, fortuitously both hunting the same adversary. With both characters displaying positive traits throughout, the ubiquitous ‘bad deeds for a good purpose’ trope is out in full force, yet this doesn’t detract from the overall impact of the movie. Sure, the storyline is a little tired and, dare we say, unoriginal but it doesn’t stop the audience wanting the good guys to triumph.
Following muted responses to the second and third incarnations of the Fast & Furious, many people hail Fast & Furious (2009) as the first real sequel to the original. It certainly feels that way. Walker and Diesel’s on-screen chemistry works as well as it did in the first movie, while support from Brewster and Rodriguez, in addition to other returning cast members, undoubtedly lifts the quality of the film.
Of course, the Fast & Furious franchise is predominantly known for one thing: the cars. Over 240 vehicles were made or customized prior to shooting, so there is plenty of metal to keep you on the edge of your seat. A modified Skyline, a 1970s Chevrolet Chevelle SS, a Hummer H1, and Subaru Impreza WRX STI are just some of the muscle cars lighting up on the screen.
Despite some criticism of the storyline, Fast & Furious goes back to its roots and does what it does best. An unequivocal action film, there’s speed, bullets, and explosions around every corner. The action is on screen from the get-go and the pace doesn’t slow down until the credits roll. Although the storyline is often overshadowed by the action, this is an issue that won’t trouble the majority of fans. Are there holes in the plot? Yes. Could the storyline be better? Sure. Is it worth seeing? Absolutely.
If you’re a fan of the action genre, the Fast & Furious (2009) is going to be right up your street. With impressive stunts and direction from Justin Lin, Fast & Furious succeeds where Tokyo Drift and 2 Fast 2 Furious stumbled. Whether Dominic is traversing the desert, scaling mountainsides or speeding across the border is a deserted tunnel, action isn’t far behind. If you’re looking for a fun, fast-paced film and a bit of escapism, Fast & Furious (2009) tick every box. What’s more – if you’ve been waiting for a sequel to the original, it’s finally arrived.