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Hardly a better sequel resurrection ever

June 7, 2013

The fast and the furious” is a bright example how a sequel could be brought back to life with the right approach. And I think most of the credits must go to the director Justin Lin. Although he is the director also of the third movie – “Tokyo drift“, up to this movie the sequel was moving headlong to a highly cheesy conclusion. And then something happened – the fourth installment which brought the crew from the first movie together. It turned out that the new model with the original parts was the key to success that continues to work two movies after that.

Fast-&-FuriousThe fans like Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Bryan O’Connor (Paul Walker) and the air they create around them when they pull off the next job. In the fourth movie the job is to capture the known drug dealer Arturo Braga. Dom wants revenge because Braga is the reason Dom’s girlfriend Letty is murdered. Bryan on the other hand is now working for the FBI and this is his job. As the movie goes Bryan gets back together with Dom’s sister Mia, regains Dom’s trust and everything looks right.

I must say “Fast and Furious” (2009) is one of my “Personal best” movies because as couple of others like it it creates some kind of special air that affects me subconsciously. And I am pretty sure it is Justin Lin’s approach and well directed scenes that are to “blame”. The fifth and sixth installments (“Fast five” and “Furious 6”) are also pretty good and they even have one huge bonus – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson – as an addition, but to me personally the fourth one remains the best of them all.

One of the main reasons “Fast and Furious” makes me such good impression is that the characters have somehow evolved, they are now more mature, more is at stake if they make mistakes and they feel more confident with their actions. Naturally there are couple of cult scenes that make the movie what it is – the initial scene with the gas tanks, later the race on open streets in L.A. and the chase in the underground tunnels.

It can’t be denied that a lot of credits must go for the two main actors – Paul Walker and especially Vin Diesel. It’s a fact that the success of the whole sequel would have been impossible without Dominic Toretto. A proof of that is the second movie where only “Blondy” (Bryan) was available and the overall result was entertaining but cheesy.

Currently the sixth movie is on the run in theaters and it is quite good too. Can’t wait for the next one next year – with the new addition to the actors cast Jason Statham. Stay tuned!

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