Film Complaint: The Fast & the Furious — Tokyo Drift

— by Caroline on Crack

Spoiler warning(?): There’s probably a spoiler in here somewhere but who cares?

That’s right. I went to see this movie on opening day. I had to. At my job, it was all anyone would talk about. So I went with a group of car geeks from work. If you’re a girl, I highly recommend seeing a lame movie with 10 guys in an empty theater. Because then they snicker during the pseudo-serious parts of the movie calling it out for trying to be something that it’s not: a film with an actual storyline and stuff. The experience is just funny.

Yeah, if you’re not into cars at all I really don’t know why you’d want to see this movie. I like fast cars and even I thought that some of the racing scenes were gratuitous and drawn out. But I guess they needed something to break up the lame dialogue and even lamer storyline.

It’s basically the same formulaic storyline for every F&F movie: outsider guy races against established guy and somewhere in there is a girl who’s really into cars and she gets in between these two guys. In the end, despite the odds and close calls and minor tragedies, the underdog prevails.

BUT, I did enjoy the drifting action and the racing footage. I walked out of the theater with a headache. That’s a lot of in-your-face action to take in 90 minutes.

If you’re bored and just want to get in from out of the sun on a hot day, you could see this movie in the theater. As it is, I don’t know if I’d even recommend renting it on DVD. Catching it on cable? Sure. Putting it on TV during a party, definitely. People will always look up at the racing scenes and then go back to there party conversations during the quiet parts.