Ok, so, the ole gang is back. Thank the heavens above. As a fan of the series, it was good to see the O.G.s again. F&F: Tokyo Drift was REALLY reachin’ with Bow Wow in it.
Vin Deezy (Dom), Paul Walker (Brian), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty) and Jordana Brewster (Mia) all return for the fourth installment in the “Furious” franchise. I guess it was time for the original cast to make some money and/or become relevant again. Hell, even the original title decided to come back.
F&F is pretty much the sequel to the original, with a minor shout out to the last one early on. This one opens with the biggest bang of all the previous three, and paces itself with the spray of all the nitrous oxide it can muster. Dom is still gettin’ his fugitive on while Brian is still gettin’ his law-dawg on, and the two are on an inevitable street collision course with each other as well as with a drug lord and all his merry henchmen.
And of course, the outrageous car chases dominate the screen, as they should. And yes, there are the over-the-top car stunts, but that’s par for the course – because that’s what we came to see, right? What’s the new car toy this go-around? The added gadget is the GPS tracking system, which in one sequence gets kinda annoying at times but is pretty damn cool the rest of the flick.
What else stands out? All I can say is, the “tunnel” – ridiculously tight and frenzied, and will have y’all jumpin’ and movin’ in your seat. Then there’s the bad boy brilliantly turned in by the nearly unrecognizable Laz Alonso as Fenix. It’s always good to see a strong, vicious antagonist that makes you wanna reach through the screen and just sock him in his neck!
Overall, everyone turned in a cool performance and it’s packed with a lot of action. It has one cool twist and one obvious twist, but even still, it’s a lot grittier than the original and I’d have to say it’s even better. Go get gassed.