Fast & Furious (2009)
Polish | Bluray 1080p | x264 @ 9600 kbps | 1920x800 | 23.976 | AC3 5.1, 384 kbps | 1:46:52 | 7734MB Subs: English | Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
Fast & Furious plays out neither quickly nor furiously. A complete letdown in every frame, the film fails to capitalize on the reunion of the primary characters from the first film, cementing the notion that it is story, not characters, that make a movie. The plot of Fast & Furious is as bland as a no-name frozen dinner, and the racing sequences are but a hodgepodge of CGI that never looks all that convincing. Adding insult to injury, there's absolutely nothing original in this outing; the racing scenes are all but recycled from the other films (and as alluded to earlier, look no better), the story plays out like a rough draft of what 2 Fast 2 Furious probably would have been had Vin Diesel returned for that movie, and, unlike The Fast and the Furious, there's no emotional core to polish the rough edges, round out the characters, and add weight to the racing scenes. Partway through the film, it becomes clear that Fast & Furious is but an exercise in futility, a movie that seems constructed not because it has a good story to tell but because it has actors it wishes to place on the screen and under a banner that's proven to move tickets and home video units.