Nothing surprising or different in the fourth installment of this film series. If you liked the first three you will like this one. If you didn’t then don’t bother. It is all muscles, women and fast cars once again. The action is fast and furious while the story is dumb and dumber.
Con Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel – The Pacifier, Babylon AD) has escaped from prison and made a life for himself in the Dominican Republic robbing trucks. He decides to come back to Los Angeles, at a great risk to his freedom, to seek revenge on the person responsible for the death of his ex-girlfriend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez – from television’s Lost). She was killed by evil drug dealers led by a guy named Braga.
Returning to LA brings him back in contact with the agent who infiltrated his gang before he was arrested, Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker – Flags of Our Fathers, 2 Fast 2 Furious). O’Connor is after the same drug dealers as Dom and so they decide to work together.
When the actors are inside their cars everything is good in the world, but when they step outside it is almost laughable. The two leads, Diesel and Walker, do what is expected of them, but it still isn’t enough. They are totally overshadowed by the cars that they drive. The whole format of these films has become quite stale four in.
The story is very thin, but I guess we shouldn’t expect anything different from this genre of film. The purpose of these types of films is to wow us with the action and it is good. Director Justin Lin (The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift) makes you feel like you are right inside the car. It really gets the adrenaline going.
-Virtual Car Garage and Tech Specs
-Under the Hood: Muscle Cars
-Under the Hood: Imports
-Getting the Gang Back Together
-Driving School With Vin Diesel
-Shooting the Big Rig Heist
-Races and Chases
-High Octane Action: The Stunts
-South of the Border: Filming in Mexico
-Music Video: “Blanco” by Pitbull
-Virtual Car Garage
-Fast & Furious Video Mash-Up