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Fast & Furious 4
Genre Action
Year: 2009
 
Review:

Fast & Furious is yet another dazzling display of muscles, speed and power. This sequel reunites the original pair of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in a grudge sting to bring down a big drug cartel and take revenge. The cars are flashy, the women are sexy and the men are as macho as action men from the ’80s. The franchise definitely has a formula for the masses and it’s more about looks than substance. Anyone going to see Fast & Furious must realise that its brawn and body over brains. The story is intriguing enough to sustain our attention, but is easy enough to pick up after wiping the drool from the corner of your mouth. Now whether its over the guys, the girls or the cars is anyone’s guess, but Fast & Furious 4 makes for great entertainment. It’s directed toward the youth segment, action junkies and car enthusiasts - and depending on your affiliation it will probably not have enough cars, action or bodies. It does however, have a good balance of story, flash and action. Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are serious actors and this doesn’t stoop to the level of Steven Seagal’s latest offerings. The only problem is that these guys are on the same side.

Fast & Furious is just as good, if not better than the original. The actors have matured, the action choreography has got more creative with rooftop chases, tunnel racing and urban traffic escapes. The fourth installation usually tips its hat to the original, if the recent stream of reload sequels suggests and Fast & Furious is no different. The original pair make their appearance after several years… Dominic Torretto’s back in town to make amends and take revenge, Brian O’Conner’s on a federal case, which intersects with Torretto’s streak of vengeance. The two eventually get over their differences, renew their respect for each other and team up to bring the big bad guys down. The story carries the film on the back of decent performances. The franchise is more about style than meaning and Justin Lin continues this trend after his stint as director in The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift.

The new installation in the series is exciting and leaves one feeling content. If you go in expecting some big stunts, guns, girls and fast cars, you won’t be disappointed. If you’re looking for an action movie with a little more grit and intellect, you should probably be watching Der Baader Meinhof Komplex. Fast & Furious is an action movie with all the bells and whistles. It may not have the drama or depth to rival other bigger epics, but it’s a real contender within its genre. It’s got everything you’d expect from the franchise and moves along at a good pace. If you’ve followed the other Fast & Furious entries up till now, you should make the effort to see this. There will probably be another sequel, as the movie leaves the door open for more Fast & Furious action.

The bottom line: Decent.

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