The Fast and the FuriousJune 22, 2001
An undercover cop infiltrates an underworld subculture of Los Angeles street racers looking to bust a hijacking ring, and soon begins to question his loyalties when his new street racing friends become the prime suspects.
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 6.2/10 (105,897 voted)
Critic's Score: 58/100
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez
The Fast & The Furious is loosely based on an article in a magazine about street clubs that race Japanese cars late at night. Domenic Toretto is the leader of a street gang that is under suspicion of stealing expensive electronic equipment. Brian O'Connor is an undercover police officer attempts to find out who exactly is stealing the equipment, while falling for Domenic's younger sister, Mia.
Writers: Ken Li, Gary Scott Thompson
(as Noel Guglielmi)
R.J. de Vera
(as R.J. De Vera)
If you have what it takes… You can have it ALL!
Release Date: 22 June 2001
Filming Locations: 1261 Angelo Drive, Beverly Hills, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $40,089,015
(24 June 2001)
(4 November 2001)
Did You Know?
During the Race Wars, real race cars with their real drivers came to participate in the huge scene.
When the truck driver rams Letty off the road, her car clearly has a roll cage in the rear to prevent the driver from getting injured.
Just packed up a real money load and it's comin' your way. Look for "Rodgers" on the side of the truck. Don't forget my share of the deal.
There's something about Vin
Every summer a film comes around that takes everyone by surprise. Last year
it was Scary Movie and I'm sure in 1977 it was a film like Star Wars and
then in 1981 it was Raiders of the Lost Ark. Now I am not saying that The
Fast and the Furious is in the same class as Raiders and Star Wars, just
that it surprised everyone on the same level. F&F is short on plot and
dialogue and even some of the acting is lame, but what it is oozes is
testosterone. It pumps your blood, increases your adrenaline and attacks
you with fast cars, sexy women and that one invariable that I think it has
going for it… Vin Diesel. There is just something about the guy,
something that you really can't put your finger on, but he just has it.
Maybe it is charisma, maybe it is charm, maybe it is just that he resembles
some of the action heroes from the 80's with his chiseled triceps and his
slabs of pecs. Maybe it is all those things and maybe it is none of those
things, all I know is that F&F is exactly what I had hoped it would be and
nothing more. This is the summer movie that I have been waiting for. It's
not that the films that have been out so far aren't that great because some
of them are, it's just that this is the one that epitomises what summer as a
teen ager is all about. It is no wonder that exit polls for this film were
around 65-70% under the age of 21. And maybe that is why I enjoyed it so
much. I am pushing 30 but isn't it cool to lose yourself in a film that
reminds you what it was like to be in highschool. And isn't it cool to
watch street racers break 140 miles an hour wile they shoot NOS through
their vehicles? Well isn't it?
F&F doesn't contain any machinations similar to a film like Mission
Impossible and it doesn't dazzle us with special effects of impending doom
like Armageddon did, but it takes us into a world where people live life "a
quarter of a mile at a time."
Vin Diesel plays Dominic Toretto, a massive, bald mechanic that owns a
garage but street races on the side to make some extra cash. Paul Walker (
The Skulls, Varsity Blues) plays Brian Spindler. He is a cop that has
infiltrated the street gang to find out who is highjacking trucks and
stealing all their merchandise. There are about four rival street gangs in
L.A. and one of them is pulling this off. He has to figure out which one.
Of course along the way he seduced by the life, but that is not what we
really care about. All we want to see is lots of racing, a few crashes,
some fights and some sex. F&F doesn't disappoint. If what you have seen in
the trailers of the film excites and entices you, then you know exactly what
you're in for. This is not going to win any Oscars for anything but what it
will do is entertain you. It will expedite you for 90 minutes into a world
where Honda's are souped up to look like Dragons and junkyard scraps are
rebuilt from scratch to be better than they were before, better, stronger
and faster. If this film appealed to you in the commercial, it will appeal
to you on the screen.
And of course there is Vin Diesel. He first made a name for himself in
Saving Private Ryan where he played Capparrzo. Then he jumped onto the
scene with his excellent and grandiose turn as Riddick in Pitch Black. I
think this is the film that got him noticed because no one had even heard of
him before this. Then he did Boiler Room and he showed a different side to
him. But F&F is all muscle and sheer bravado. I think Vin is going to do
great things in the years to come. He is not a nobody anymore. This film
will take care of that. And face it, isn't it cool to see the genesis of a
new action hero?
8 out of 10- The ultimate summer rush!