Fast & Furious

2009

Fast & Furious

Critics Consensus

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

29%

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67%

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User Ratings: 491,290
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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 common enemy, however, when convoy heists and precision tunnel crawls lead them out of Los Angeles and into the Mexican desert. Now, in order to take down a formidable opponent with some serious skills behind the wheel, Dom and Brian forge an uncertain partnership while exploring thrilling new frontiers in the fine art of racing. Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, and John Ortiz co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Cast

Vin Diesel
as Dominic Toretto
Paul Walker
as Brian O'Conner
Michelle Rodriguez
as Letty Marciano
John Ortiz
as Antonio Braga
Jordana Brewster
as Mia Toretto
Sung Kang
as Han Lu
Liza Lapira
as Agent Sophie Trinh
Don Omar
as Rico Santos
Gal Gadot
as Gisele Harabo
Jack Conley
as Penning
Shea Whigham
as Agent Ben Stasiak
Greg Cipes
as Dwight
Ron Yuan
as David Park
Alejandro Patiño
as Gas Truck Driver
Leigh Folsom
as GPS Voice
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Critic Reviews for Fast & Furious

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (39)

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

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel

    Film.com
    Top Critic
  • There are only a couple of things to be said about this movie: the cars are fast, the racing is faster and none of it makes the slightest bit of sense.

    Apr 17, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Both screenplay and plotting are basic but the action scenes are a wonder to behold if you can forget the number of civilians who would have been killed as the chases progress through various cities.

    Apr 17, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Everything here cuts to the chase, with personalities presented in a streamlined shorthand, and dramatic plausibility sacrificed to the need for speed... Fast & Furious, Fatuous & Forgotten.

    Apr 10, 2009
  • Turn off your mind, though, and there's some fun to be had from some of the better whizz-bang sequences.

    Apr 9, 2009 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Derek Adams

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • This is dumb, loud and fast, with a questionable attitude towards road safety and a supporting cast apparently recruited for their tattoos rather than their acting ability.

    Apr 9, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Fast & Furious

  • Apr 11, 2017
    With a few meandering and unproductive features, 'Fast & Furious' takes the series to new grounds. Bringing back familiar faces but finally implementing some much needed emotional depth, the fourth installment was the best of the franchise to that date. Back after a short hiatus are Vin Diesel and Paul Walker playing Dom Toretto and Brian O'Connor respectively. Not that the previous two films were entirely pointless, but Dom and Brian are the heart of the films. Without them, you don't get the same feeling of family and meaningful relationships. 'Fast & Furious' may not feature the high-octane stunts and action that its successors do, but it brought the series back to being about family, and particularly the drama that sometimes goes on between family. O'Connor is miraculously back to being an FBI agent after betraying their trust multiple times in the past, but with this series that type of stuff doesn't matter. Toretto is on the run once again since he went missing following the events of the first film. As ridiculous as it is to see Brian once again after Dom, I feel like it was the one last obstacle these two needed before they gained back each other's trust. Once they do, the film takes off. I love all the tension between Brian, Dom, and Mia, especially knowing where all of them end up. But I also love watching the cast drive insanely fast cars at ridiculous speeds and wreck every bit of them. The fourth film still tries to tell a lame undercover racing/drug/crime story with its villain, but the rest of it is a hell of a ride. The supporting cast includes the likes of Michelle Rodriguez, Gal Gadot, Sung Kang, Jordana Brewster, and John Ortiz. The latter plays the villainous Campos and probably has the most depth and/or personality out of any previous F&F antagonist. Rodriguez is back as Letty, who's death (being a central plotline to the film) is probably the most complicated and convoluted death I've ever seen from any franchise, and I'm still not sure I know exactly what happened. Overall, Fast & Furious progressed the series back to its Toretto vs O'Connor roots, but managed to finally give us the balance of emotion and action that we've wanted. It also happens to be the film that set up what is now more of a heist franchise than it is full of big muscles and muscle cars. +Dom & Brian +Finally balances emotion and action +Supporting cast is written and acted very well -Letty's death & Brian's time with the FBI is still puzzling 8.2/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    Paul Walker's character gets a job again with the FBI, but now has to get Vin Diesel to help take down a heroin importer. The writer/director team that made Tokyo Drift come back for this one and it's not much better. Luckily this time they have a few actors/characters from the original story to use, not like it helps. Paul Walker just doesn't get that if you suck at acting, you might want to take some lessons. But then again, after every one of these flicks that gets made, he's pointing and laughing at all of us all the way to the bank.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    Fast & Furious exists in the awkward between space of the franchise. After it actually had anything to do with racing to engage the car-fans, but before it got over the top fun to engage the action-fans. The result is thoroughly underwhelming. Better than Tokyo Drift, but still rubbish.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2016
    Fast & Furious features all the things we know and love from its predecessors though this film does have some inconsistencies with its plot and certain aspects of the film. However you'll still be entertained.
    Mr N Super Reviewer

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