With the new Furious 7 movie just released a couple months ago, and probably on its way to DVD soon, I wanted to take a look back at the original. The Fast and the Furious came out all the way back in 2001. Crazy, huh? Nostalgic memories were triggered watching this film. I still remember the first time I watched Dom Torreto get into what is easily the best car in the whole movie, his dad’s 1970 Dodge Charger. Once the music in this scene started, you knew that things were about to go down.
Some people might disagree, but this is easily the best film in the franchise. The movie had a great plot, awesome characters, relationships, outstanding action, and what the series seems to have switched gears from, RACING. If I were to talk to somebody who has never seen the original, he most likely would not believe me if I said the movie was truly based on racing and a family who raced against people and time. In fact, probably the best quote in the whole movie is about racing and how it has changed the life of Dom. He says, “I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Nothing else matters: not the mortgage, not the store, not my team and all their bullshit. For those ten seconds or less, I’m free.” Everything is a race to him; he is just trying to cross that finish line.
Although Dom is my favorite character, a Fast and the Furious review cannot be without the mention of Paul Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner. Walker is fantastic in this role, and there is no other actor that can play this character so well. In fact, Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, and Eminem were all considered for this role, but Paul Walker is really the only person I see playing Brian. It is sad to know that Walker will not play the character again.
The movie takes place in a world of racing, where the night life is racing a ten second quarter-mile and winning cash for it. Brian is an under-cover cop, and he is trying to get the low-down on who is robbing trucks in the middle of the night. The robbers use 4 Honda Civics suped up the way only racers would have them. At the beginning of the movie, viewers don’t really know Brian is a cop, because he genuinely seems like a person wanting to get in the racing scene. But, the people who are at the center of this scene, the Torreto family, are the best suspects for the crime. Brian does eventually make his way into the hearts of the family, especially his love interest with Dom’s younger sister Mia, played by Jordana Brewster, all the while trying to uncover the secrets of the family. There are obviously bumpy roads throughout the movie, but eventually things hit the fan, and all hell “brakes” loose.
Again I say, this is the best film of the series, and I say that so naturally because it is the first film of a franchise that has never disappointed. It is also the film that started these beloved characters, and is one of the few that stuck to racing at its core. On a side note, Vin Diesel does make this movie. I remember watching 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift and realizing there was a character missing. I am so glad they brought Dom back, because, although Walker’s performance and character could have kept the series alive, there is nothing like the hot headed Toretto making a mess out of things.
This film in my book is easily a 4.5 out of 5 and climbing every time I watch it. It is easily my favorite of the 7 film franchise.