The Fast and the Furious introduced us to an underground world of fast cars and beautiful women. It’s truly hard to believe that this one street racing movie sparked a franchise that’s still going on today. I remember when The Fast and the Furious came out, I just didn’t have much interest in it. Cars and racing didn’t start to interest me until I was a little older. So I didn’t officially get into the franchise until around the 7th installment. It’s fun to look back on The Fast and the Furious, and its humble roots as a straightforward street racing movie.
The Fast and the Furious centers on both Dominic Toretto and Brian O’Conner. Dom is a famous street racer who hijacks vehicles with a crew that’s as important to him as family. Brian is an undercover cop tasked with infiltrating his crew. They meet during a nighttime street race full of NOS fueled cars and butts. The cars are cool, but I’m no expert on make and model. So the basic premise is that a cop secretly gets close to a group of righteous criminals who drink Corona. Yes that is the exact same premise as Point Break.
What The Fast and the Furious was able to do though, was offer fast paced excitement and engaging characters. Vin Diesel was born to play this part and Paul Walker will be sorely missed. Michelle Rodriguez proves her action cred playing Dom’s girlfriend Letty. While Jordana Brewster plays a key role as Dom’s sister Mia who falls for Brian. Despite their action’s Dom’s ideals are surprisingly christian. The Fast and the Furious is a high-octane thrill ride.
Followed by: 2 Fast 2 Furious