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Fast & Furious (2009)

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27

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Reviews Counted: 172
Fresh: 47 | Rotten: 125

While Fast and Furious features the requisite action and stunts, the filmmakers have failed to provide a competent story or compelling characters.

24

Average Rating: 4.5/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 28

While Fast and Furious features the requisite action and stunts, the filmmakers have failed to provide a competent story or compelling characters.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
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Movie Info

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker return to the film franchise that helped to launch each of their respective careers as the Fast and the Furious series winds to a close under the creative eye of Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift director Justin Lin. Fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto (Diesel) is back in Los Angeles to seek out the truth behind a high-profile crime, but his presence in town doesn't sit well with Agent Brian O'Conner (Walker). These two rivals are forced to unite in the cause of fighting a

PG-13,

Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure

Chris Morgan

Jul 28, 2009

$155.0M

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All Critics (173) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (125) | DVD (6)

Though I admit the title of the film is slightly dumb, I can't really fault much else going on here.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com
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Turn off your mind, though, and there's some fun to be had from some of the better whizz-bang sequences.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (3)
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This is a movie about street racers... criminals in fact, and there was nothing grimy or dirty about it at all.

April 6, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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This is more of the same.

April 6, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies
At the Movies
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The stars look bored out of their minds when the fourth episode of the franchise stalls between racing sequences, which is all too often in a flick where 106 minutes speed by in what feels like at least four hours.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (3)
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People who want nothing more out of a movie than an extended rap video -- there's lots of hip-hop, close-ups of cars, and women in shiny tiny shorts -- may be satisfied. But this movie isn't much more than a re-do of the first film in the series.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (8)
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The tagline for this film is: 'New Model, Original Parts'. It should be: 'Are you dumb enough to pay for the same film twice?'

September 29, 2012 Full Review Source: The Aristocrat
The Aristocrat

Bummer.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

As hard as it is to believe, having the old gang back really does make a big difference, just not big enough. Lin isn't the director to offer anything new enough to make Fast & Furious worth your time unless you're a hardcore fan of the series.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Here's hoping this is the last, but after the huge amount of money it has taken already in the States, don't be surprised to see a 5th.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

Isn't worth even the most forgiving action fan's time...

December 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

One of the film's biggest laughs is showing title credits. Clearly, after a prologue in which thieves play chicken with a burning, tumbling oil tanker, the possibility exists this is a Steven Soderbergh experimental gamble. Dumb, fun & entertaining.

September 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Lin makes the few set pieces sandwiched between the many flat, talky scenes count as much as they can.

September 13, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

'Fast & Furious?' The stars of this sequel are more like Sluggish & Vaguely Grumpy, though it's nothing a little bit of fiber in their diets couldn't cure.

September 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Florida Times-Union
Florida Times-Union

'Neat to watch' summarizes the film quite nicely. The revenge subplot that drives Fast and Furious is uninteresting since we haven't seen these characters in eight years.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Fast & Furious is a piece of junk, but at least it is an entertaining and endearing piece of junk. For a franchise I actively dislike, this is the best of the bunch.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO

General unoriginality contributes to 'The Fast and the Furious' series' own issue as a 'seen one, seen 'em all' series.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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If it's not fast and furious automotive action you're after, hoping instead for a cohesive character driven plot, then you're more likely to just get furious pretty damn fast.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

Fast & Furious could be called Grand Theft Autopilot. Lin knows that his demographic doesn't care about truth. They want to see stuff smash up - and in as outlandish and outrageous a way possible.

July 26, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

A completely disposable action movie.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

The dialogue resembled bad '80s porn with extreme overacting and cheesy one-liners. Ironically, Fast & Furious is like porn, you want them to shut up and get to the action!

June 10, 2009 Full Review Source: BET.com
BET.com

works as a mindless collection of racing sequences and cool cars, made all the better because of Diesel's extremely likable bad-boy persona and a director who knows how to keep his foot on the gas, action-wise

May 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Sean the Movie Guy

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May 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comments (2)
Movies for the Masses

It definitely could have used more humor and, according to the alpha males in my viewing party, more sex appeal...and we're not talking about injectors and camshafts.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

With his sleepy-eyed gaze and biceps that no shirt can contain, Diesel quietly commands the movie.

April 24, 2009 | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Fast & Furious

For Fast & Furious (the 4th film in the franchise) the whole gang is back! Hurrah! Even the dead ones seem to have come back to life for the occasion! Well, they wouldn't want to miss the most imaginatively titled film of the franchise now would they? Number 4 is by far the most spectacular. Cars fly/float through the air and drive through solid rock, uninfiltratable cartels are infiltrated, murders are ignored, FBI agents sit about, girls wiggle their bottoms.....it's all there. The reason why none of the Fast and Furious car chases never appear on any of the 'Best movie car chases of all time' lists is because they are in a league of their own. That and all the other movie car chases are probably just jealous.
March 3, 2014
SirPant

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Isn't 'Han' dead? oh no wait this is a sequel to the first film that doesn't ignore the second and third film but just takes place before them. So this is when Han was running with 'Toretto' before he leaves for Japan...aaaah right. It feels pretty desperate for them to go way back and make a sequel to the first film after time has moved on with the second and third films. Did we really need to know what happened right after the first film? did we really need to see Han with Toretto? couldn't they just move ahead with a fourth that takes places after two and three?. The whole structure of the franchise just seems so convoluted now.

So Walker is now an agent in a suit for the FBI, so he looks even more like Keanu Reeves in 'Point Break', really helping his impression ten fold...totally bra!. Toretto's girlfriend has been killed by a drug dealers henchman, the same drug dealer O'Conner is after, so both end up going after the same cartel. At the same time Toretto is still on the most wanted list which is still causing O'Conner morality issues, anyway to hell with all that! cue the pointless street racing!.

This film really does feel completely and utterly generic in every way. The plot just seems so pointless and uninspired, 'Letty' is killed for pretty much unknown reasons (we don't find out why for ages), but I assume its mainly because Rodriguez wanted out of the franchise. From that point on its just watching Vin Diesel swagger from one set piece to another beating guys up or generally running away from the law.

I mean really, the main bad guy drug kingpin organises a street race through downtown LA just to recruit a driver for his drug smuggling operation. The whole sequence is so pathetic, all the drivers line up like they were top guns of the chav world...bling city, one guy is black, one guy is white, one guy is Latino etc...PC much?. Its not even a sensible race, more like a destruction derby and completely unrealistic. I realise this is not a serious action film but come on, lets at least make the racing sensible, it is the films main selling point.

Oh...A hyper modded Skyline struggling to beat an US brick (American Muscle), really? I don't think so, import will always win. That Skyline should have been pushing 1000BHP, should have been if properly modded.

The tanker hijack sequence at the start of the film is just as dumb as the exact same sequence in the first film. Once again I gotta ask...why not just stop the tanker, take the driver out at gun point and then calmly take the fuel?? surely that's easier?. Oh no wait the director wants to have an exciting chase sequence with lots of fast cars and a big explosion at the end, oooooh gotcha.

Then there is the quite plainly idiotic chase sequences through these underground tunnels across the US border into Mexico. I can't even begin to express how stupid this whole concept is let alone how awful it looks with terrible CGI. For starters who built these tunnels? how? when? how did the US border patrols not notice this massive undertaking??!. How the hell does anyone know exactly where the entrance is to these tunnels when they are disguised as a rock face and you're travelling towards them at about 200+ MPH!.

The sequences within the tunnels are just dreadful, it looks like a videogame. As the actors sit in the mock cars you can laugh at the hideous CGI rock formations whizzing past in the windows/rear windscreen. Again I know this isn't a serious flick but come on...this takes the piss. And we are to believe they are all zooming down these narrow badly lit mine shafts in super imports and US muscle cars at well over 150MPH?! really?.

What I love about this franchise/film is the fact Toretto always seems to have a modded muscle car. Doesn't matter where he is or what's happened, he turns up with a newly charged up car...always American muscle. I wish it was this easy in reality haha. Even at the very end, O'Conner and what's left of Toretto's crew pop up to bust him out...all driving more expensive heavily modded cars!. Where do they get them from?? how many Dodge Chargers have they gone through now? how many do they own? do they clone them??. Do any of these guys have insurance? wait silly question.

This film did well simply because the original cast came back, but I can't for the life of me understand how that helps. Yes I like Vin Diesel but the rest are terrible, the plot is formulaic and dull, the film is choppy and they have started to slide towards the action genre meaning actual street racing is out. But even the racing sequences are poor here, just ridiculous and show more resemblance to James Bond. Not to be taken seriously of course but this film has lost its originality and simply become a common action mess.
September 17, 2013
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

Fast & Furious improves over what the previous two failed upon (losing the cast), but they will never make a fast & furious movie that will top the original! This film has an interesting story, Brian O'Connor is back in the police business as he comes bak into contact with Dominic Toretto, and as he is on pursuit to take down a drug importer, things get messy. They end up working together and become friends once again. Brian once again, places his career on the line, This is definitely not the best in the franchise, but I do think it tops the second and third instalment. Looking forward to the continuation in 2011!
May 24, 2013
KJ Proulx

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    1. Dwight: Muscle always beats Import.
    – Submitted by Joshua D (21 months ago)
    1. Ramon Campos: You and me we not so different.
    – Submitted by Izaack R (23 months ago)
    1. Dominic Toretto: I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Nothing else matters: not the mortgage, not the store, not my team and all their bullshit. For those ten seconds or less, I'm free.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Dominic Toretto: Ask any racer, any real racer. It doesn't matter if you win by an inch or a mile; winning's winning
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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