Fast & Furious

Fast & Furious

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Director: Justin Lin

Cast: Justin Lin, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez

     
 

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Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return to the film franchise that helped to launch each of their respective careers as the Fast and the Furious series winds to a close under the creative eye of Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift director Justin Lin. Fugitive ex-con Dom TorettoSee more details below

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Overview

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return to the film franchise that helped to launch each of their respective careers as the Fast and the Furious series winds to a close under the creative eye of Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift director Justin Lin. Fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) is back in Los Angeles to seek out the truth behind a high-profile crime, but his presence in town doesn't sit well with Agent Brian O'Conner (Walker). These two rivals are forced to unite in the cause of fighting a common enemy, however, when convoy heists and precision tunnel crawls lead them out of Los Angeles and into the Mexican desert. Now, in order to take down a formidable opponent with some serious skills behind the wheel, Dom and Brian forge an uncertain partnership while exploring thrilling new frontiers in the fine art of racing. Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, and John Ortiz co-star.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
A funny thing happened on the way to the fourth Fast and the Furious installment -- the fuel-injected franchise overcame both absurdity (Pt. 2) and a reboot (Tokyo Drift) in order to tap into a bit of what made the first film special to begin with, which in box-office numbers meant bringing back its stars. Considering the downward trajectory that both of their careers took post-FF1, it's hard to blame Paul Walker and Vin Diesel for returning to the series that made them stars. Frankly, they could have done a lot worse, considering this sequel's admirable attempt at both delivering action-packed goods and retying their character's plots together again. Starting off with a high-speed gas heist on the asphalt and moving on to a decent foot chase right after that, the movie sets a quick pace early on and only rests for a bit of emotional brooding, which may or may not be seen as the film's one downfall. No matter what, it's safe to say that this entirely acceptable retooling of the franchise makes for a satisfying experience for those who enjoy four-wheeled chases, hot bodies, hot cars, and a tall dose of tough-guy machismo. The years have not been easy for fugitive Dominic Toretto (Diesel). Living life on the lam has made the expert driver reassess his life and those close to him. Only after learning that the love of his life (Michelle Rodriguez -- in a glorified cameo) has died on a turnpike in L.A. does he head back to familiar ground to investigate what is sure to be a homicide. It doesn't take long for him to show back up on the FBI's radar and that of his old undercover agent acquaintance (Walker), who was last seen letting the criminal go years before. As luck would have it, they both end up infiltrating the same drug ring as drug runners over the Mexican border. Together, the two work to settle their scores, either through the ways of the law or not. Once again, Tokyo Drift's Justin Lin is in the director's seat for this installment -- and he brings an understanding of modern action storytelling (something that could be seen as a detriment to a few in the critic crowd). Cutting the car footage tight and the hand-to-hand combat in a frenzied way is the stapled style of the times, and Lin pulls it off just well enough to not be aggravating. Especially refreshing are the car chase sequences set underground as the vehicles smash into each other within the tight confines of tunnels beneath the border. Plot-wise, the pic certainly goes through the motions. A third-act twist doesn't surprise too much, but the plot is hardly the most important element in a F&F film. That said, it is true that Vin's inner turmoil cuts the pace down to less than what it should be, though it does open up the door for a bit of well-needed (if not a little out of nowhere) sexual sizzle between Walker and the little-used Jordana Brewster. As before, the sequel does not reinvent the wheel nor make bold claims to be anything that it is not, which, in this case, is a completely passable follow-up that probably should have come out two films ago. And with the open ending, audiences can hope that if there is a fifth entry the filmmakers will be able to focus on blowing everyone's doors off instead of having to connect the dots in order to justify its reunited cast and their basically unchanged characters.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/09/2013
UPC:
0025192185380
Original Release:
2009
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Time:
1:47:00
Sales rank:
17,749

Special Features

Original short film: Los Bandoleros; Under the hood: muscle cars and imports; Getting the gang back together; Driving school with Vin Diesel; Shooting the big rig heist; And much more!

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Vin Diesel Dominic Toretto
Paul Walker Brian O'Conner
Michelle Rodriguez Letty Marciano
Jordana Brewster Mia Toretto
John Ortiz Antonio Braga,Ramon Campos
Laz Alonso Fenix,Fenix Rise
Sung Kang Han Lu
Gal Gadot Gisele Harabo
Jack Conley Penning
Shea Whigham Agent Ben Stasiak
Liza Lapira Agent Sophie Trinh
Tego Calderón Tego
Don Omar Don Omar
Mirtha Michelle Cara
Greg Cipes Dwight
Ron Yuan David Park
Alejandro Patino Gas Truck Driver
Joe Hursley Virgil
Cesar Garcia Juvenal
Brandon T. Jackson BMW Driver
Leigh Folsom GPS Voice

Technical Credits
Justin Lin Director
Tristan Paris Bourne Art Director
Peter A. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Vin Diesel Producer
Kate Dowd Casting
Sarah Halley Finn Casting
Michael Fottrell Producer
Candi Guterres Art Director
Sanja Milkovic Hays Costumes/Costume Designer
Randi Hiller Casting
William J. Law Set Decoration/Design
Amanda Lewis Executive Producer
Amir Mokri Cinematographer
Chris Morgan Screenwriter
Neal H. Moritz Producer
Kathy Nelson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ida Random Production Designer
Fred Raskin Editor
Ricardo Del Rio Co-producer
Steven Robinson Sound/Sound Designer
Paul Sonski Set Decoration/Design
Bruce Stambler Sound/Sound Designer
Brian Tyler Score Composer
Samantha Vincent Executive Producer
Christian Wagner Editor

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