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Fast and Furious

By Shanika Hillocks
On April 28, 2009

With 71 million dollars in the box office, the Fast & Furious has surely given reason to make yet another comeback. The action and edge of your seat adrenaline is accompanied with imported and hooked up vehicles that could easily entice any car fetishist.

The movie marks the return of actors Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster, as the clan return to the franchise that made them stars. In comparison to other Fast and Furious movies, there is a main focus on the vehicles and the races. Each special vehicle accompanies the height of the exciting scenes. From the '87 Buick GNX in the opening scene in the Dominican Republic, to the '98 Nissan Skyline GT-R raced by Brian O'Connor in Bragga's race, audience members are certainly happy to see some of these classic vehicles resurrected from the other Fast & Furious movies.

While most of the audience was men, the relationship between Dom (Vin Diesel) and his love Leticia is developed in the story, which makes the movie relatable to its female viewers (it is illustrated as a very "Bonnie and Clyde"-esque relationship). The connection that Letty and Dom create through the cars that they love and how much they truly love each other is the main theme throughout the story line. The unexpected death of Letty becomes the main motive of Diesel's revenge and bad boy schemes. Although the car racing is a definite perk to this revenge, the audience can truly see the sacrifice of freedom that Diesel gives for Letty, just as she sacrificed her life for him.

Although it does have a good story line, the movie quickly runs out of gas thanks to a lazy script. Being enticed with the cars and the races was the main focus, therefore dialogue was kept to a minimum; when the characters did speak, however, the lines were predictable and lacking in substance, especially when it came to Paul Walker's lines and somnambular acting skills. It was very enjoyable, however, to see the Spanish culture encompassed into the movie. The lines of the Dominican heritage added to the humor of the dialogue. Additionally, the movie featured a few too many very unimaginative action scenes, such as when Vin Diesel holds a full grown man with one hand outside of an apartment window, or when he holds a car engine single handily over a mechanic's head. While this was the case, his insipid strength was surely appropriate because of the character that Vin Diesel played.

Some things that could have been developed were Walker's lines. As exhibited in previous Fast & Furious movies, Walker tends to try to relate to his counterpart character. In the second movie with Tyrese, he exhibits a faux "gangster" persona, but it's hard to see his genuineness as an actor or even as a character. There was a definite sense of overacting and emotion that decreases his credibility as a character.

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