Fast & FuriousApril 3, 2009
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.
Release Year: 2009
Rating: 6.4/10 (71,085 voted)
Critic's Score: 45/100
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez
Heading back to the streets where it all began, two men rejoin two women to blast muscle, tuner and exotic cars across Los Angeles and floor through the Mexican desert. When a crime brings them back to L.A., fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto reignites his feud with agent Brian O'Connor. But as they are forced to confront a shared enemy, Dom and Brian must give in to an uncertain new trust if they hope to outmaneuver him. And from convoy heists to precision tunnel crawls across international lines, two men will find the best way to get revenge: push the limits of what's possible behind the wheel.
Writers: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson
New Model. Original Parts.
Release Date: 3 April 2009
Filming Locations: 310 W Green St, Pasadena, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $70,950,500
(5 April 2009)
(2 June 2009)
Did You Know?
With a gross of $72.5 million on its opening weekend, the movie had the biggest April debut ever. (
Anger Management formerly held the record with $42.2 million)
When O'Conner is racing with Dom to see who gets the spot for Braga, in the final part of the race a car falls of a bridge and lands in front of Brian's car with the font part of the car into the ground. With that speed the car would have fallen a bit further. and between two narrow shots, the car while falling changes it's position relative to the bridge.
[on a walkie-talkie]
All right, we're good to go.
You got this?
You bet your ass, bubba. Let's make some money!
Still fast, still furious
Fast and Furious, or 4 Fast 4 Furious if you're keeping count, is a
movie you can basically sum up in one sentence. Muscle guys, muscle
cars, hot chicks, and incredible action sequences. Not much has changed
in the four films other than who the muscle guys wind up being played
by but nonetheless, if you're going to the movies strictly to
continually watch these things, then not only will this series run
forever, but you should have no problem sitting through this fourth
flick. Of course the other thing to look at here is the resurrection of
Vin Diesel's action star persona, and considering he's been doing
movies like "Babylon AD" and "The Pacifier" for the past couple years,
you can basically say this is one of his better performances in a real
The plot is pretty thin but I'm sure for fans of the first movie it
will be nice to see the two leads back playing their roles. Diesel
reprises wanted felon Dom Toretto, who after escaping at the end of the
first movie seems to have started a new life in the Dominican Republic
knocking over trucks. What brings him back to Los Angeles is revenge
for the death of his girlfriend (Michelle Rodriguez) at the hands of
brutal drug dealers led by Braga. This brings him face to face with the
man who infiltrated his gang in the first flick, Brian O'Connor (Paul
Walker), now an FBI agent going after the same drug dealers. And
wouldn't you know that driving plays a big part in Braga's whole
smuggling operation so both Brian and Dom team up, amidst some trust
issues, to bring down the drug cartel.
Hopefully director Justin Lin ("Tokyo Drift") gets the credit he
deserves this time around. He's fantastic with these action sequences,
not only making them pulse-pounding thrill rides but also letting you
feel like you're in the car with these characters. The movie starts out
brilliantly with a propane truck hi-jacking that turns life or death
when things get out of control and the truck barrels down on the
hi-jackers, and then just continues to go full throttle, staging a race
on a crowded Los Angeles street and then chases in an underground
tunnel shaft. Once these characters get in their cars you won't be
bored for a moment.
Outside the car is a different matter though. Both actors do what they
can. Diesel is adrenaline personified. With his gravelly voice, bulging
biceps, and cool, playful way around a line of dialogue, he's a lot of
fun to watch. And while still pretty wooden, I admit that Walker has a
pretty-boy face and an athletic physicality that makes him a good hero.
This pairing worked well in the first movie, sort of like an amateur,
yet entertaining, version of the adrenaline-seeking- cop and criminal
formula a la "Point Break." Just after four movies it's all gotten
stale and it's easy to see that the cars are the real stars here. The
Dom-Brian conflict and Dom's vendetta against the cartel is mostly
overshadowed and there isn't much for either character to do when away
from their vehicles. Diesel and Walker try but they always seem to be a
couple wheels short of competing with the four-wheel drive.
"Fast and Furious" deserves credit for doing the key things well. If
your expecting much from anything other than the cars then it's a
disappointment, but thanks to Justin Lin this has all the makings of a
really thrilling action movie, making this fourth flick in the series a
little bit better than its predecessors and a lot of fun.