If you happened to watch the first three films from the “Fast and Furious” franchise, you already know what the point of this film is: fast paced chase scenes, fights, partying and sex: the 4 biggest draw for a teenager with the hot laminated license in his hand. And the only thing that differentiates this film from the past three is that the director and screen writers try to include “heart” in this film, and just for your information, it doesn’t fly over so well.
The story takes place a few years after “2 Fast 2 Furious.” Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker) is now part of the FBI, trying to hunt down a drug running boss named Arturo Braga, while Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is back to what he does best: stealing from truck drivers, only now he’s doing it south of the border. The two are yet again intertwined by the death of Toretto’s girlfriend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) at the hands of Braga.
The violence isn’t overly offensive. There’s not a lot of blood or gore, but there were multiple guns fights, explosions, and plenty of brawling. The language was worst than expected, however. One F bomb to top off about 30 S**t’s, add in a few D**n’s and a**holes and you’ve got yourself a film that flies in just under the R rating. The sex doesn’t help either. Although there’s no actual big “sex scene,” there’s plenty of nearly naked women paraded across the screen in front of fast cars and worse, make out sessions throughout, most of these between girls at parties the racers go to (probably 3 separate female to female short kissing scenes).
As far as the entertainment value goes, it was fairly low. Although there was racing, and gun fights, and fist fights, they were served 15 minutes at a time, separated by overly dramatic music and moments of revered silence from the cast over the death of Letty. The whole film drags along in anticipation of the great car race, and when you finally get it, they go right back to trying to develop the “heart” of the film again. So, although you’ll get your fill of racing, you’ll get tired of being spoon fed a boring and predictable story from the writers backed up by too much dark monotonous tones straight from the “Law and Order SVU” soundtrack, topped off with an incredibly underwhelming plot twist, even for an action movie.
Ultimately, if you’re someone who really likes this franchise, don’t miss it. It reunites Dominic and Brian O’Connor and helps provide some closure, something fans have been waiting for. You’ll also enjoy this film if you like to take 15 minute power naps, because it’ll be real easy to drift off watching Diesel and Walker try to convey emotion and tell this story, and real easy to be woken up again by the engines revving and guns going off when you actually want to be watching.