The Fast and the Furious (2001)

These types of “cars go vroooooom” movies are really not my thing, but a buddy insisted we watch this together, and much to my surprise, I thought it was pretty good. Mind you, it’s not great and it’s got its share of problems, beginning with all-around weak acting (in particular lead Paul Walker, whose every line delivery is stiff and atonal) and practically no chemistry among the cast. But this isn’t the kind of movie where things like “acting” and “screenplay” matter – this is about cars going really, really fast, and as far as that’s concerned, it’s a lot of fun. Director Rob Cohen knows what he’s doing here and what his built-in audience is looking for, and the constant fetishization of various racing cars actually grows pretty charming over time, and by the second half, I was having a pretty good time with the whole movie. Add in a spectacular final showdown on a highway between our protagonists and an armed trucker, and the overall experience is pretty fun in a watching-a-movie-while-hungover sort of way.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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