Fast and Furious (2009)

OK. I have been following The Fast and the Furious series since the first movie. In fact, F&F1 was one of the first DVDs I ever bought. Therefore, I have an emotional interest in these characters. You really see the development of every character from the first movie to this one. You know this is the end, especially if you’ve been there – like me – from the start.

On the surface, yeah, it’s a movie with a paper-thin storyline, typical villains, dumb boys, generically beautiful women dropping it like it’s hot, and fast cars. Look past that, though. Underneath it all, it’s about a dysfunctional family. That’s something we can all relate to, right? Take out all those things and you still have a family that loves each other, in spite of their flaws. A family that will do anything when one of their own falls. A good, old-fashioned Western sentiment.

I overheard this girl at work say that Vin Diesel is a terrible actor, but you can’t keep your eyes off of him, lol. She was talking about him in this movie and she was right. Vin might have a passion for being an actor, but he’s not very believable. However, you really can’t take your eyes off of him. He sort of sucks you in and you can see all the gears turning in his head about what he’s gonna do next. In the first movie, it was Brian pursuing Dom. In this movie, it was definitely all Dom, all the time. Which makes sense ’cause Vin produced the movie. He definitely had some say in character development for him.

A lot of the lines from the previous films were included, like Dom calling Brian a buster several times, and stuff. I thought that was cute and a nod to us fans.

The drug run from Mexico to Cali was crazy! In a good way. My heart was pounding, thinking something like this could happen in real life. And knowing all the drama going down in Mexico right now, it’s v. relevant.

I thought the love scene between Brian and Mia in the kitchen was kinda random, only because Dom was in the garage, know what I mean? I actually said “what the fuck?” hella loud in the theater. Everyone around me chuckled when I said that. Sorry, getting it on in the kitchen while your brother is just a few hundred yards away in the garage is just bizarre to me, lol.

The ending was sort of bittersweet because you knew it was gonna happen and that they were gonna keep running. You could see it in Brian’s face too. He devoted his whole life to law enforcement and this is the thanks he gets? And then Mia! OMG, I thought she was better than being a common criminal but the whole movie set it up for her story arc to end this way. Dom is her brother; the only family she has left now. There’s no way that you can keep turning a blind eye to his way of life.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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