|Fast & Furious
Starring Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez
Has there ever been a movie principally about driving cars really fast that has been improved by its storyline? From Grand Prix to Days of Thunder to Speed Racer to Fast & Furious, racing movies have only been hamstrung when they take the foot off the pedal, literally and figuratively. In this case, Fast & Furious is working with a deck stacked against it. Being the fourth movie in a rather weak franchise will only get you so far, especially with the seemingly last ditch reappearance of the original stars, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez. But like two of the three previous movies, it's actually just fine when there's absolutely no story and we're treated to watching impeccable stunt driving. Fast & Furious only has four such scenes, one at the beginning, one at the end, and two in between. Three of those scenes are a lot of fun when you remove the context. Beyond those three scenes, there isn't much else here, even though there's a lot of stuff supposedly happening. The plot concerns drugs coming across the border, murder, revenge, and the FBI. But nobody cares. That's a combination of not having the actors or the strength of storyline to keep us on the hook when the key is out of the ignition and the fact that people only want to see this for the fast cars doing unbelievable things.
Watch the Fast & Furious trailer