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The Fast and The Furious
The Fast and The Furious
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Fast And The Furious Review

Directed By: Rob Cohen
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Michelle Rodriguez and Matt Schulze.

Synopsis: A rookie cop goes undercover, posing as a racing team member, in order to investigate a jewelry heist. Managing to ingratiate himself with to the team's leaders at first, he finds himself in jeopardy when the other members begin to suspect an impostor within their ranks, setting the stage for an exciting, climactic showdown.

Well, one thing can be said about The Fast and The Furious with little argument. It's loud.

It is also very uneven. When the cars are screaming around the screen and the stunts are in your face, it's entertaining. Get away from all the blurred and digitally altered excitement and one starts thinking...when is it going to get good again?

As for the story...have you seen Point Break? A bunch of surfer dudes pulling off bank heists to pay for their way of living? Very, very similar...except replace the boards with NOS equipped cars that make them almost warp across the screen. Even though the races are supposed to be over in ten seconds and often last longer there just isn't enough all out action to get one pumped up for a second viewing of this flick.

Vin Diesel is a hard guy to figure out. He seems to have a very sharp mind pumped into that huge frame of his but a project like this, despite the 'character building moments make him seem more like an above average testosterone case while other flicks (like his role in Boiler Room - a damaged movie but good performance by Diesel) seem to showcase him in better, if not unique ways.

Two other folks who should come out of this film smiling pretty are Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster. Neither, like Diesel, are given great material to work with, but each seem to shine out in their own ways and attract the viewers eye. However, while these three suffer from weak moments in the film the true crime of The Fast and The Furious is the under-used Michelle Rodriguez (Girlfight). She has little to do in the flick but show up and exude tough...which she does easily enough, but she could have been put to much more powerful use. A sad waste of someone's talent.

This is one of those summer flicks that gets the blow'em up crowd once, but whether or not it gets them a second time, well, a loaded DVD might go a long way to helping out on that scale. Final tally on the movie score? 2.5 out of 5.

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Copyright© Written By: Rob Paul



DVD Information:

Special Features:
Exclusive Demo of Activision's Hot New Racing Game Supercar Street Challenge
Interactive Eight Camera Angle Stunt Sequence
Hard-Driving Music Videos: Ja Rule "Furious", Caddillac Tah "POV City Anthem" and Saliva "Click Click Boom"
In-Depth Personal Commentaries from Director Rob Cohan Including Deleted Scenes
Visual Effects Montage Featuring The First Race
The Making Of The Fast And The Furious
Racer X: The Article That Inspired The Movie
Exclusive Featurette on Editing
Watch The Movie Magic Interactive Special Effects to See How Movie are Made
Storyboards to Final Feature Comparison

Video: Not Specified

Audio:
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1

The DVD Review:
I mentioned this in my theatrical review of The Fast and The Furious...it is going to need a loaded disc to get the buying crowd clamoring for it. Well guess what folks? This is one loaded disc with some high style black and white interactive menus!

You have to love one part of this disc. Because there were a bunch of boneheads over the last while 'copy catting' this flick in its extremes it was decided good ol' Paul Walker should do a little public service announcement detailing that this is just a film and you really shouldn't behave in the stupid manner their characters do on-screen. Well, duuuh!

The Movie: Well, you can read the review above and know I am not a huge fan of this flick. I didn't hate it, just thought it was a little uneven and predictable in points. Especially when it reminds me sooooo much of Point Break. However, the special features on this disc ups the ante from a 2.5 to a 3.5 all thanks to the following highlights.

The Audio Commentary by Director Rob Cohen: Not a waste of time but not one of the most enthralling commentaries either as Cohen occassionally reiterates the plot to the listeners while we watch the same thing happen on-screen. I don't know the guy but it almost seems as if he is talking down to the listener. Maybe it's just me being sensitive, but I think I oculd follow this story pretty well and didn't need it re-told to me by the director in the commentary.

The Making of The Fast and The Furious: "It's pretty darn testosterone enhanced...and I like it." - Michelle Rodriguez. This is one of the more interesting 'Making Of's' I have seen in awhile. It encompasses so much from the culture of the racers, to making the flick, including interviews with some of the fans and racer's of the street races.

Racer X: The Article That Inspired The Movie (from Vibe Magazine - 2000): This is a feature I like on DVD's. Like Almost Famous and Bridget Jones's Diary, magazine/newspaper articles play a large role in the creation of the films and although this is not quite in the quality range of the aforementioned ones, it is a good read that gives some insight into the mind set of these nutballs and how the Vin Diesel role came into being shaped.

Deleted Scenes: There's eight of them here and really only one stands out as a piece that might not have damaged the flick too much had it been included. A scene called Trading Driving Stories which is apparently improvised (and shows it on one line towards the end, Diesel seem to hesitate in his thoughts - but that could have easily been cleaned up with another take) and allows the actors to sit around discussing how cars first came into their lives. A character moment. The rest of the scenes would have dragged the film down (as the director repeatedly points out in the commentary) and made it seem more a high school film than an L.A. street racing down n' dirty flick.

Multi-Angle Stunt Sequence: An eight camera set up and unedited look at the big mid-air roll over jump that appears towards the end of the film. Very cool stuff.

Featurette on Editing (dealing with the MPAA): Sit down with Director Rob Cohen and editor Peter as they try to earn a PG-13 rating instead of the 'R' they would have snagged had some of the sequences stayed in place as originally planned.

Music Videos: Furious By Ja Rule, POV City Anthem by Cadillac Tah (edited for this release with any 'coarse' language muted out) and Click Click Boom by Saliva. Obviously the soundtrack was very important to this flick because it needed the music of the kids it was going after as well as giving the film a heavy punch to accentuate the action sequences which the film makers more than achieved.

Storyboards, Production Notes, Cast and Crew notes, are typical, the kind of thing you will probably peruse once and then toss to the side. But hey, they are there if you want them. There's no such thing as unwanted features, just under-utilized ones.

DVD-ROM Features: I haven't done the cross-over yet to the world of interactive DVD-ing...not a big fan of throwing a lot of the selected movie paraphenelia up on my computer screen. However, if you want the DVD-ROM gives you access to screen savers, wallpaper and a demo of Supercar Street Challenge.

DVD EASTER EGGS

#1. Hidden Fast And The Furious Featurette: Go to the first page of the Racer X article within the bonus materials. Once there, press upwards on your remote. A small steering wheel should appear. Press enter and a brief featurette on speed with a lot of clips from the film set to music is your reward.

#2. Scene 234: Camera Combo (Dodge Charger crash): Go to the main bonus materials page. Highlight the multi-angle stunt sequence but press right on the remote instead of enter. A small yellow steering wheel should appear. Hit enter and get to watch the entire crash sequence cut together like an old style karate film, showing the action over and over from all sorts of angles.

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