Fast & Furious
feels like something of a reunion for the popular franchise. After neither filled out the starring roles in the third film, Tokyo Drift
, both Vin Diesel and Paul Walker returned to the franchise for this fourth, and between them managed to power it to become the most successful in the series to date.
With Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster also returning, Fast & Furious goes back to the streets where the series started, as once-rivals Diesel and Walker face, for the first time, a shared enemy. This, of course, is just the necessary groundwork before all concerned can jump into a series of impressive vehicles and drive them really, really quickly. Which, of course, they do.
It’s brilliantly shot, too, with razor-sharp editing, fast pacing and some outstanding camerawork that leaves you feeling at the very heart of the action. There’s not a great script underpinning it all, and a few more action sequences wouldn’t hurt, but the slower moments are ably carried by the returning cast. It’s hard to work out whether Fast & Furious needed Diesel and Walker the most, or whether the actors themselves needed the film, but marrying them all together really does pay dividends.
Naturally enough, there’s scope left behind for a fifth film, which given the major success that Fast & Furious deservedly enjoyed is no threat whatsoever. It might not be anywhere near the most intelligent film you’ll see in your life, but it’s a movie that knows what it wants to do, and has a great deal of fun doing it. More, please… --Jon Foster
Brian O'Conner, now working for the FBI in LA, teams up with Dominic Toretto to bring down a heroin importer by infiltrating his operation.
Bonus features: Feature Commentary With Director Justin Lin; The Fast & The Furious Trailer; Take Control Branched Pods; Blanco Pitball Featuring Farrell Music Video; Virtual Car Garage And Tech Specials; Fast & Furious Video Mash Up; Gag Reel; Los Bandoleros (LA Spanish With Subtitles); Easter Egg; Under The Hood: Muscle Cars; Under The Hood: Imports; Getting The Gang Back Together; Driving School With Vin Diesel; Shooting The Big Rig Heist; Races And Chases; High Octane Action: The Stunts; South Of The Border: Filming In Mexico; Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Trailer; 2 Fast 2 Furious Trailer; Fast & Furious 4 Theatrical Trailer.