Hello and welcome to The Fast and the Furious 1 movie review, in these series of reviews I will try to review every movie in the franchise thus far.
Fast and Furious took the world by storm, after it debuted you couldn’t drive for a few minutes without seeing a souped up foreign car, you also came across the idiots that would peel out and drive like fools right after the movie was over, in the theater parking lot.
The actors weren’t the star of the movies the cars were and they were bustling with personality. Civics, Eclipses, Jettas, they all had their spot here.
The plot is standard fare, directed by Rob Cohen, but is told very well. Paul Walker aka Brian O’ Conner is an undercover police officer, tasked with unearthing an organization that was stealing products and making tons of money in the process. Along the way, good and bad guy lines are blurred. Brian (Paul Walker) visits Mia’s (Jordana Brewster) restaurant daily and ends up falling for her, and forging a friendship with her brother, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel).
One part that dealt with a trope was especially well done, and that was when Brian tells Toretto’s sister that he is a cop and needed to know where Dom was in order to help him. Usually, the character finds out on her own and then they break up and then make up, blah blah blah. In this case, though he tells her first (and quickly) and we skip that story thread. Well done.
The effects are very well done, even in 2019. We get camera shots that start in the car and revs up the engine blasting the camera angle out of the car, rolling around the car and zooming into the actor steering. That is very well done. We get action pieces like this through-out through and through. F&F knows what it is and makes no mistake in telling its story.
Another thing I need to criticize is the stuntmen. There is nothing wrong with them in their execution, it’s just that the camera is zoomed in enough so that there is no mistake, these are stuntmen that look nothing like their actor counterparts. That aside the stunts in this movie are pretty good.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this movie and it stands the test of time 18 years later. Production was top notch and I’m sure they were taking a risk in making the movie. I am looking forward to part 2.