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The Fast and the Furious

Tricked Out Edition
The Masked Reviewer

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker star in this high-speed car movie.  Do you love cars?  Do you?  Well, if you do, you might enjoy watching the beefy vehicles hit the street.  Short of that, though, there's not a whole lot going on in this film.  It's not very interesting nor exciting, and while it isn't badly acted, it's just exceptionally bland. 

The Masked Reviewer isn't sure which one is the Fast and which one is the Furious, though people who pay $20 for this DVD certainly have a right to be the latter.

The extra-special "tricked out" version of the DVD features an exclusive "tubo-charged prelude" for 2 Fast 2 Furious.  Just so you know, it's not turbo-charged.  It's a little montage with no dialogue showing Paul Walker's character in a set-up for the sequel.  If the prelude is any indication of the quality of the sequel, drive away in the other direction!  It's noteworthy only in its noteworthilessness. 

The sound isn't bad on the DVD.  That's probably the strong point.  A couple of interesting visuals with cameras swirling around and inside racing cars, but they're only noticeable because the feature gets so tiresome. 

Car buffs might find something interesting in the talk about the engines and parts used, and there's a featurette on how to trick out a hot car on the DVD.  For those people who use a car to get to the Krispy Kreme drive-thru window and back, The Fast and the Furious may seem a little dopey. 

Ultimately, this is a movie made for cable.  The DVD does serve as a good warning about2 Fast 2 Furious, for those of you who forgot how dull the original was. 

DVD Extra Features: "Tricking Out a Hot Car!", sneak peak at 2 Fast 2 Furious, prelude for the sequel, some DVD-ROM features.

Expectation from the Title:  An unlucky turn of events leads to a ruined Passover dinner;  after a day of not eating, all the guests are more than a little miffed.

Mother's Rule (Always Say Something Good About Everything):  The DVD makes a nice coaster.  Very shiny.

The Pros: Sound is okay.  Car buffs might find the subject interesting. 

The Cons: It's not good.  It's not offensive, it simply lacks anything to care about.  Characters, plot, cars, acting, visuals, it's just a movie. 


Copyright 2003, Michael D. Lynn