Getting back into the car for a fourth time. Today’s movie is the 2009 Fast & Furious.

It’s the one without any “The’s” in the title. The one that bought back some of the originals, most notably, Vincent Diesel, of the Connecticut Diesels.

Can you tell that it’s pretty late? Yeah, I’m already pretty certain this will be my worst blog post of the month. Maybe the shortest too, but as long as I get it in my midnight, I’m happy.

I wondered if I was seeing a pattern with these movies. The first one was all about infiltrating a specific group of racers. The third one was, I dunno, about sliding around, but the second one – and this one – seemed to run us through the same course.

Get into a race. Win that race to prove yourself to the bad guy. Take out the bad guy from the inside. The big difference this time is that Paul Walker’s character was doing it as part of this job (oh, he’s a Fed at this point, so there’s that) and Vin Diesel is also trying to get to the bad guy for personal revenge because he killed Michelle Rodriguez (whose character’s name is Letty I just noticed).

Turns out she was killed by part of the villian’s crew – and in actuality she was working with Brian (Walker) to bring down the bad guy. Of course all of this takes place off screen or in Dom’s (Diesel’s) imagination. And she’s in future movies, so she ain’t dead.

Spoiler: They end up working together to take down the bad guys. But Dom stops running and at the end of the movie is sentenced to 25 years in prison – and the credits role while Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, and two other guys from the beginning of the movie, look to break Diesel off of the prison bus.

And since there are 3 other movies (so far) I assume he never sees the inside of a prison.

The movie was okay. I watched it in spurts, a little here and a little there, so it didn’t connect with me as much as I’d hoped it would. I figure from four on are the best ones. This wasn’t bad, but I wanted more action. There was a cool opening scene, and the big street race scene felt like I was watching a video game. The big chase at the end was pretty good, but I saw the latest Mad Max recently so this one didn’t even come close to measuring up. I hope future installments really ramp up the feeling of danger that I hadn’t felt since the big final chase/stunt in the original Fast/Furious.

A few things to note:

  • We do see Han in the beginning of this movie. Han was killed in Tokyo Drift, and in this he mentions going to Tokyo – so we know that this movie takes place before Tokyo Drift int he FaF Universe (is there such a thing? I didn’t just make that up did I?). I thought this was going to be some big reveal, but it happened right at the beginning.
  • Gal Gadot played the female that Dom got closed to in this. Apprently she’s in 5, 6, and 7 too. I wonder how many people think of her as “from the Fast and Furious movies?” I had no idea she was in these. To me, she was an unknown that just happened to be named the new Wonder Woman.

That’s really all I got. I look forward to seeing how the Rock plays into all this in part 5. When will I be watching that? Not sure, but I have 15 more days to figure it out.

I can’t believe I’m already half way done.

15 DOWN. 15 TO GO.

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