It's a major double-cross when former police officer Brian O'Conner teams up with his ex-con buddy Roman Pearce to transport a shipment of "dirty" money for shady Miami-based import-export dealer Carter Verone. But the guys are actually working with undercover agent Monica Fuentes to bring Verone down.
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Fast & Furious is a fans dream come true since it has O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) together again. A part 2 or 3 shouldn't have happened without them back together. Now that they finally are, the material is a bit tired and old.
The film basically has it's best moments in the very beginning and the very end. The rest of the film didn't really offer anything new. I did really like end at least. The first is still easily the best though.
At The Movies
Fast & Furious (PG) * * *
Director: Justin Lin
Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker
Studio: Universal Pictures
Audience Suitability: PG
Rating: * * *
Running Time: 107 minutes
Release Date: April 3, 2009
By ROBERT WALDMAN
Reunions can be either good or bad, depending on your point of view. Long overdo are the return of two action stars for another round of road mayhem in Fast & Furious, a splashy continuation of the saga from Universal Pictures now revving folks up at Empire Studio 12, Colossus and Famous Players Silver City Theatres around B.C.
Gone but not forgotten is Vin Diesel. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s back and not a moment too soon. Right from the opening frames you know youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in for a joy ride. Diesel returns in his patented role as Dominic Turetto. Bane of law officers and scourge of road racers Dominic returns to sunny Los Angeles when bad news hits home.
Out to avenge a loss Dominic becomes embroiled with the Mexican mafia in a quest for power and money. Drugs are at the root of a billionaire thug south of the border who has a need for a good driver. Look no further than Dominic Turetto who seems to be the right man in the right place at the right time. Well, not so fast.
Also out to nab the Mexican crime lord are the FBI. Again agent Brian OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Conner is on the case. Fans of the series will know that OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Conner originally tangled with Turetto back in the old days. Now the two are again at odds over the best approach to bring this mobster down. Odds are good that whatever they decide it will involve guns, girls and cars.
Director Justin Lin (Annapolis) knows what the fans want and he delivers. Right from the opening car stunt spectacular to the punch ups throughout L.A. and then into Mexico Fast & Furious is a driverÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s nirvana. DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t try any of these stunts as your own as the pedal hits the metal in a big way here. Splash along a muted lover story, loads of hot looking ladies and evil gang members and you feel like youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re right in the middle of the action.
No one can take any of this seriously and there are some scenes too contrived to be believable, yet you do get caught up in this quest for revenge out of love and the bevy of bodacious cars that seem to be able to do anything. Handsome Paul Walker (Flags of Our Fathers) reprises his role of good agent OÃ¢â‚¬â„¢Conner with both Michelle Rodriguez (Girlfightl) and Jordana Brewster (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning) helping fill in the back story to the woes of our two boys.
Bad guys need lots of sneering power and both Laza Lonso (This Christmas) and John Ortiz (Miami Vice) are up to the challenge. Hot Israeli import Gail Gadot comes on strong as a fetching Latino involved with the gangsters in this stunt-laden spectacular.
Full of ridiculous car chases Fast & Furious also scores well with the chemistry between Walker and Diesel who both make this 107 minute reunion a welcome return to the good old days.
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