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Eye-popping driving sequences coupled with a limp story and flat performances make this Drift a disappointing follow-up to previous Fast and Furious installments. Read critic reviews

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Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) always feels like an outsider, but he defines himself through his victories as a street racer. His hobby makes him unpopular with the authorities, so he goes to live with his father in Japan. Once there and even more alienated, he learns about an exciting, but dangerous, new style of the sport. The stakes are high when Sean takes on the local champion and falls for the man's girlfriend.

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  • Jun 10, 2021
    Surprisingly this was the first of the Fast movies I saw way back when, which isn't the worst introduction as it's not a bad entry and mostly separate from the rest of the franchise. Besides Han who would become a fan favorite, plus that cameo at the end, it sort of exists on its own. But as an entry that exists on its own, it's not bad. It's best to think of it kind of like Fast & Furious does a teen movie. Most of the characters are teens, or at least young people of vaguely teenage range, and it's all the reckless partying, sexuality, high school drama, caught up with the wrong crowd but maybe things will turn around crap that you see in teen movies of this type. In other movies it's karate or street fighting, in this movie it's cars. That's not to be dismissive of the movie, it's a fun time, it's just a movie of a very specific type and you see it really for one reason only: the stunts. And yeah, the stunts are good. I will never not refer to sliding down a ramp as Tokyo Drifting simply because of this movie. It goes all in on the drift stunts, it's in the damn name. And yeah, the drifting is damn cool. If you're into that, you'll have fun.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2017
    It's been well documented how the F&F franchise was pretty much garbage before The Rock came on to the series, and Tokyo Drift is more of the same. I had never sat through the entire runtime until now, and just as I thought, it's definitely not one of the better ones. In fact, Tokyo Drift is the second worst of the series, just in front of its predecessor, 2 Fast 2 Furious. This installment takes the series abroad, as we watch Sean Boswell played by Lucas Black, get brought back into the dangerous game of street racing and become acquainted with the technique of drifting. Boswell is supposed to be a teenager who gets sent away to live with his father in Tokyo after getting into trouble one too many times back home in Arizona. Black doesn't look young enough to be in high school, nor do I really see the need for the writers to make him in high school. Why not just make him a high school drop-out, a few years removed from a structured life, and someone looking for a place to call home. Perhaps, even refer to him as a constant "drifter". Poor Pun? Probably. With no sign of Paul Walker or Vin Diesel, Tokyo Drift is forced to carry on with actors who are better off served in supporting roles. Surprisingly, there isn't that one character or performance that's distractingly over-the-top like in the previous two adventures. At the same time, there's nothing all that special about any of the characters to begin with. There's certainly more of an attempt to add depth to the characters, with both the protagonist and antagonist having some serious family issues, but it's not fleshed out in an interesting way. Instead, most of it is addressed in a disappointingly cliché manner. You can tell there's something refreshing about Justin Lin's direction. He isn't repeating the same beats as the first two films in the same way that 2 Fast 2 Furious did. The decision to take it outside America and bring new cars and new characters was probably the correct choice, but it could have handled better. In the same vein, the lack of creativity in the plot is puzzling. Introducing an antagonistic uncle to Takashi who I think runs some sort of shady business was unnecessary. Not only did they refuse to really address the nature of his work but I'm not sure he added anything of value to the story, at all. Does it matter that the second and third F&F movies are poor? Not really. With where the series is now, it doesn't really matter to me that the first few films struggled to find the right tone. What's important is that they have found the right speed now. See what I did there? +New locations, cars, and action -Characters are as generic as they come -Weak villain 5.4/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 20, 2016
    Completely scrapped everyone in the cast of the first two movies to try something new in this one. Too bad it fell flat on its face. The one thing about a lot of these F&F films is that they rely much more heavily on the car scenes and leave the acting and script to flutter in the wind. This was no different. Story was just not good and acting wasn't much better. Only cool thing about the film is the very end's cameo appearance.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2016
    This is my roommate's favourite film of the franchise. It's my least favourite (ie. Most hated). When I wasn't bored, it was only because my senses were too offended by the lead character.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer

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