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The Fast and The Furious Movies

post #1 of 48
Thread Starter 
Since the trailer for the new movie is out, I figured it was a good time to revisit the series. Myself, I'm a fan of the movies. They aren't high art but they are entertaining.

The Fast and the Furious: This one is the best of the series. The racing scenes are great, the storyline is by the numbers but still engaging, and it has Vin Diesel at his peak. Great B movie.

2 Fast 2 Furious: This one gets hated on alot but I like it. Any movie that has Paul Walker speak ebonics and introduces the world to Devon Aoki isn't all bad. Plus it's one of the all time great bro-mances.

The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift: This one is an odd entry since it features none of the original cast but it's still a better movie than it has any right to be thanks to the cast and a great cameo at the end.

I wouldn't say that I'd seek these movies out to watch but if they are on cable, I'll watch them to the finish. Just an entertaining series of B Movies.
post #2 of 48
Tried watching the third one. No dice.

Never bothered to watch the other two.
post #3 of 48
The first one is fantastic. The second one is stupid. The third one is slightly better than the 2nd one.
post #4 of 48
I actually think I liked the third one the most. The racing scenes were generally the best. I thought drift racing was way more fun to watch than drag. I also saw the third one right after one of my good friends died as a way to take my mind off things and it really helped a lot. Was just the perfect movie for a bad time.
post #5 of 48
All of them benefited from having extremely low expectations to meet.
post #6 of 48
I don't have what you would call "guilty pleasures" (I don't feel guilty about enjoying a movie regardless of supposed quality), but the F&F movies might qualify. I enjoy the hell out of the first two (yeah, the second one's awful, but that's kinda why I enjoy it) and I haven't seen the third one yet. But I will totally see the new one.
post #7 of 48
I enjoy all three, but Tokyo Drift is my favorite of the bunch. The Tokyo setting gave it a little something extra, and Lin knew how to make Tokyo look great. The shot that comes to mind is where they are at the roof top soccer pitch, and the camera swoops over the city.

The second one gets plenty of hate, but it's so damn stupid and everyone knows it, they're all in on the joke, except Walker, which makes his character hilarious. Plus, Hauser hamming it up is always good.
post #8 of 48
I've only seen the 3rd one on DVD and it's the fucking perfect kind of dumbawesome that only works if you're surrounded by friends, so I enjoyed myself immensely. My friends and I kept waiting for Vin Diesel to put in his cameo and when he did, he didn't disappoint with quite possibly the most unintentionally hilarious homoerotic line of his career.

Lucas Black (to Diesel, commenting on their dead mutual friend Han and Diesel's car): I didn't know Han was into American Muscle!

Diesel: He was when he was with me.

God bless you, XXX.
post #9 of 48
Oh, I'm sure it was completely intentional.
post #10 of 48
Thread Starter 
You're right about Tokyo Drift. There were some really great moments in that film not the least of which was the gorgeous cinematography. Glad Lin was kept on board. I'm definitely there for the new one.
post #11 of 48
I found the third to be the hardest to take. At least the first two nominally had Brian Earl Spilner trying to the right thing.

The characters in Tokyo Drift were pretty much all irresponsible jackasses.
post #12 of 48
Actually I think we're about the get the best of the franchise has had to offer with the next one. I liked the direction of the 3rd and liked the characters of the 1st.

These are movies I can watch after a hard day of thinking too much. Did I mention Jordana Brewster makes anything hot?
post #13 of 48
I tried "drifting" in my Sunfire earlier in the winter. Sadly, no hot asian chicks were around to impress.
post #14 of 48
2 Fast 2 Furious is the king of the series. You can tell Walker and Tyrese are friends because they call each other BRO all the time!

Walker: Hey bra!!
Tyrese: Wuzzup breh!
post #15 of 48
I took that as latent homosexual desire.
post #16 of 48
There was nothing latent about Walker and Tyrese's feelings for each other.
post #17 of 48
Oh god when they take turns straddling each other and wrapping their thighs around the other's waist (I am not joking).
post #18 of 48
Their awkward gay Chemistry was spellbinding.

You still fight like shit YOU STILL FIGHT LIKE SHIT!!
post #19 of 48
I will say one thing for that film though: it did introduce me to the charms of one Eva Mendes. Not that she's really made any impression on me since.
post #20 of 48
I love the third one and the first legitimately but my love for the 2nd is a little strange. I'll basically watch it for Tyrese's award worthy performance.

"We hungry!"
post #21 of 48
In 2FAST 2 FURIOUS my highlight(s):

An open area garage in Miami

Cole Hauser owns as Carter Verone

Tyrese feeling up Carter

Tyrese stealing James Remar's lunch

Paul Walker's 'brah' talk

Paul and Tyrese came close to kissing each other, after Paul saying brah up-close
post #22 of 48
You can say what you want about the first film, but it knows something about escalation and how to build to a satisfying finale. It seems like most summer films blow their was halfway through, and kind of peter out.
post #23 of 48
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Originally Posted by JacknifeJohnny View Post
I've only seen the 3rd one on DVD and it's the fucking perfect kind of dumbawesome that only works if you're surrounded by friends, so I enjoyed myself immensely. My friends and I kept waiting for Vin Diesel to put in his cameo and when he did, he didn't disappoint with quite possibly the most unintentionally hilarious homoerotic line of his career.

Lucas Black (to Diesel, commenting on their dead mutual friend Han and Diesel's car): I didn't know Han was into American Muscle!

Diesel: He was when he was with me.

God bless you, XXX.
You're right, Jacknife. But Diesel actually says: "He was when he was riding with me". Which is even more gay. Not sure whether that was intentional. Don't think Diesel would be up for poking fun at the fact that everyone thinks he's gay. But you never know!

I just saw TOKYO DRIFT for the first time. Had a blast. It's got the best action of the 4, and not too much CGI. Fun movie.
post #24 of 48
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You're right, Jacknife. But Diesel actually says: "He was when he was riding with me". Which is even more gay. Not sure whether that was intentional. Don't think Diesel would be up for poking fun at the fact that everyone thinks he's gay. But you never know!

I just saw TOKYO DRIFT for the first time. Had a blast. It's got the best action of the 4, and not too much CGI. Fun movie.
The whole series is one of the most homoerotic ever made. Just look at the relationship between Paul Walker and Tyrese in 2 Fast.
post #25 of 48
Tokyo Drift is a pretty decent sequel but, man, Lucas Black is a mess. Also, Han is way better written than every other character. Racing's fun though.
post #26 of 48
Yeah, it will be interesting to see how they retcon him AND Tyrese into FAST FIVE. I have a feeling Tyrese will buy the farm.

I liked the trailer. It looks like there's less CGI than FAST & FURIOUS, especially the end.
post #27 of 48
Just got these on Blu. Started watching with the first one. I was surprised the picture quality wasn't better on Part 1 in HD, compared to other BDs I watched recently.

Looking forward to revisiting the rest of these on my new plasma though. Big and loud!
post #28 of 48
If ornaments aren't shaking it's not loud enough.
post #29 of 48

I'm currently going through this series on blu, having never seen any of them in the theater or on SDVD previously. I think this would be an awesome "Franchise Me!" series - and if Nick & Co. agreed, I'd be willing to take a shot.

 

The first film surprised me, in a good way. Given the parameters - it's a fairly mindless action film, meant for pure entertainment - I think it hits on all cylinders, to use an obvious metaphor. Walker can't act his way out of a paper bag, but Diesel has charisma to spare, and the film never lets up. And it's a testament to the series that I normally hate anything to do with car culture - I consider NASCAR an embarrassing blight upon human history - yet I find this films eminently watchable.

 

The second film, as noted above and in other threads, is hilariously bad. I mean, it's awful, but I loved it. It's one brofist away from gay porn, despite the lovely Eva Mendes gracing its visuals. It's without any pretensions, almost like the car culture version of some of Elvis's movies. It knows it's fluff and runs with it.

 

TOKYO DRIFT I found pretty unbearable, and most of that was the lead. I found Lucas' accent a weird combination of wholly genuine and gratingly fake. He also makes Paul Walker look like Olivier. The film also suffers from the GREASE syndrome: 20- and 30-somethings unconvincingly cast as teenagers (I don't understand why Hollywood keeps doing this). I guess it's folly to ask a FAST & FURIOUS film to have any connection to reality, but when the lead guy is supposed to be 17 and looks 33, any suspension of disbelief is pretty much gone. The female lead is also a classic case of someone who looks amazingly hot and then ruins everything when she speaks.

 

Watched the fourth one last night, and it was a big relief to have Diesel and Walker back. The story was a bit grim and serious for the series, but it worked: I was entertained, didn't feel cheated, and was impressed (mostly) with the chases and visuals. The two chase scenes through the tunnels jumped over to the uncanny valley, but I rolled with it.

 

Looking forward to FAST FIVE - from what I'm reading, the best of the series.

 

I'd rate them thusly:

 

1. THE FAST & THE FURIOUS

2. 2 FAST

3. FAST & FURIOUS

4. TOKYO DRIFT

 

 

 

 

 

post #30 of 48

There's a Post Credits scene in FAST FIVE you just have to see.

post #31 of 48

 

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There's a Post Credits scene in FAST FIVE you just have to see.


Thanks for the heads-up. Did the other films have post-credits scenes? I didn't think to look for any, though I'm usually good about that.

 

post #32 of 48

The first one had one. But its not important. Just a shot of Dom riding through the desert.

 

The Post Credit scene in FAST FIVE however is of VITAL importance.

post #33 of 48

The Han character is well written but is also a character that came from another movie , I cannot rememeber the movie but it was Japanese and he was the same exact guy basically. I rememeber an interview the actor did describing it. This is the link that names the other movie    Han Lue - The Fast and the Furious Wiki

post #34 of 48

I've now seen FAST FIVE twice. Easily the best of the bunch, though, frankly, I've enjoyed the hell out of all of them, save TOKYO DRIFT (for reasons detailed above). FAST FIVE is tons of fun, though I have to wonder why the Rock's character had ridiculously hyper sweat glands.

 

I'd rate them thusly:

 

  1. Fast Five
  2. The Fast & the Furious
  3. 2 Fast 2 Furious
  4. Fast & Furious
  5. Tokyo Drift
post #35 of 48
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 FAST FIVE is tons of fun, though I have to wonder why the Rock's character had ridiculously hyper sweat glands.

 

 

Those sweat glands are WHY the movie is so fun!

post #36 of 48
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Those sweat glands are WHY the movie is so fun!

 

I would preferred Elsa Pataky to be shirtless and sweaty for most of the film but, hey, whatever works for you!

 

Elsa_Pataky_3.jpg

post #37 of 48

There are other movies for that!

 

Still, I was particularly partial to Gal Gadot in this movie.  I recently rewatched the movie for Movie Night with Greg and Mike and they were commenting on her skinniness.  Now, I love curves... but I thought her thin frame was lovely on her.  It didn't look like a body created through starvation.  That's just the way she is.  

 

Speaking of which... this movie was great in terms of the sheer diversity of the cast, but still absolute shit in its portrayal of women.  I mean, really really shitty.

post #38 of 48
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Speaking of which... this movie was great in terms of the sheer diversity of the cast, but still absolute shit in its portrayal of women.  I mean, really really shitty.

 

Agreed. But I'd also argue the men are portrayed in very stereotypical ways, essentially action movie tropes embodied. (Yes, it's not the same because women are the more historically oppressed and exploited gender. I know.)

 

And no argument about Gadot being gorgeous. While Pataky's curves are catnip to me, I've come to appreciate more willowy types on occasion. She's definitely one of those occasions.

post #39 of 48

'The Fast and The Furious' is never be the same again since Dwyne 'The Rock' involved in this movie. More punch and action not just riding cars with high speed, but more entertain than before!

I love watch this movie since the first movie of The Fast and The Furious came out.

_______________________

 

Dedy

post #40 of 48
Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift is just a mess.
post #41 of 48

I get not liking Toyko Drift, but how is it a mess?

post #42 of 48
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Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift is just a mess.

 

It's not a great movie, but it has the best driving in it.  On that level alone, it's worth a watch.

post #43 of 48
post #44 of 48

Sounds like a fluff interview.  What is 'uhhhhhh' about it?  Unless I skimmed too fast and missed something?

post #45 of 48
First I've heard of Russell in this movie
, is this old news? And l don't know what that uhhh was...I swear I did not put that there.
post #46 of 48

It is relatively old news.  As old as you can get for a movie that just started production when the previous movie just came out this past summer.

post #47 of 48
I guess I find it odd that no one is excited about Kurt Russell being in this franchise. Unless I missed the conversation about it, kinda like I missed the original news about his involvement. Sigh...well I apologize.
post #48 of 48

It's cool!

 

You did kinda miss the bit of excitement about it!  But it was in different threads.

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