Diesel Hits the Gas
The Fast and the Furious
Review by Ross Anthony

Wasting no time, the film shifts into high gear when a skilled team of drivers in four high performance Honda Civics hijack a semi-truck full of electronics. From there we follow Brian (Walker) as he earns the respect of street racing Czar Dominic (Diesel) by frying a perfectly good set of piston rings on his first night out.

Lots of fast action, shifting, skidding, chasing, accompanied by a driving soundtrack thumping those back speakers and some jerky camera movement to accentuate the feeling of speed. Diesel and Walker navigate this TV script with honest performances.

"I lose, winner takes my car. I win, I take the cash and the respect." Walker challenges with one of the film's sillier lines.

Later, Chad Lindberg has an actual emotional moment talking about his A.D.D. problem, "Something about the sound of engines calms me down."

Though often crossing the double yellows into hokey terrain, "Furious" is still a satisfactory cheap ride. The races are fun, the brotherhood thing is homey, even the trashy parts can be laughed at.

If you like a good solid plot with gripping passion more than nitric oxide injected engines ... steer clear. All others rev your engines.

  • The Fast and the Furious. Copyright © 2001. Rated PG-13.
  • Starring Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Rick Yune, Chad Lindberg, Johnny Strong, Matt Schulze, Ja Rule, Ted Levine.
  • Directed by Rob Cohen. Screenplay by Gary Scott Thompson and Erik Bergquist & David Ayer.
  • Produced by Neal H. Moritz at Universal/MediaStream.


Copyright © 2001. Ross Anthony, currently based in Los Angeles, has scripted and shot documentaries, music videos, and shorts in 35 countries across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. For more reviews visit: RossAnthony.com

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