Now things are REALLY starting to get good. Why, you ask? A. Paul Walker is in primo babe form. B. Pitubll dominates the soundtrack. C. It’s the first installment where the team is actually fighting for something. The franchise returns to LA, so let the games begin.
It was a nice touch to have the opening sequence reminiscent of the first film. Especially as the franchise is bringing back the original cast, plus a few others along for the ride. HAN LIVES. Or have we gone back in time? It might be a movie… Or two before we find the truth. Thankfully Letty has left her impossibly 2001 wardrobe behind. We also have Don Omar and Tego Calderon, and I’m pretty sure they’re the Spanish versions of the two old Muppet guys. Once again, Dom’s driving skills are basically heaven sent.
“I hear Rio is nice this time of year…. Ride or die, remember?” – THE ULTIMATE IN FORESHADOWING. Letty is the face of the Ride or Die mentality.
I do wish they had given us some explanation as to how Brian O’Conner went from stealing evidence to becoming a federal agent “five years later”. I can’t complain too much, because Paul Walker really know how to work that suit. Literally though, the first 10 minutes of this movie is information overload. WHY IS LETTY GONE? HOW DARE SOMEONE MURDER HER! Clearly said person does not know what kind of war they started. That’s like taking Liam Neeson’s daughter. Another question though, who in their right mind would let Brian O’Conner have ANYTHING to do with capturing Dominic Toretto? Are they insane?
Interesting how Dom and Brian just “happen” to cross paths while looking for the same guy… Or fate, whatever. So at this point, they’re either going to kill each other or let bygones be bygones. But that fourth guy in the race who asks, “Who’s closing these streets?” Seriously? Someone’s a little naive. And why must Brian always point out that “he almost had Dom” or that Dom “cheated”? Let’s take some responsibility, O’Conner.
LOVE the conversation with Dom, Brian, and Campos, “He used to date my sister”. Understatement of the century. And then basically nothing happens until we all take a ride down to Mexico. You know, they never actually address Gisele by name. Again, maybe it will take a movie or two to actually hear her name. After watching this franchise many, many times, you really begin to notice the tiniest details.
Sidenote: Stasiak is a douche.
Now it’s time for an installment of Sophie’s Choice. Brian must choose between his job and his own moral compass. Will he help Dom again OR will he decide to actually obey the law for once? STAY TUNED KIDS. Oh wait, Dom is bleeding and Brian’s White Knight complex appears to save us all! But can I be candid? Clearly the best scenes are when Brian, Mia, and Dom are all together. Duh, family FO’ LIFE. Also, Brian and Mia are the perfect couple. SPOILER ALERT: Their children will win the genetic lottery.
“Nothing really matters unless you have a code.” – LOVE AND FAMILY, WHY DO YOU EVEN HAVE TO THINK ABOUT IT? That’s literally the basis of this entire frachise. PLOT TWIST: “When were you gonna tell me you were running Letty?!” Seriously, though, from this point on the plot twists just keep on coming. But the important thing is that true love conquers all, right?
Overall, one of my preferred Fast and Furious movies. Not the best, but a VAST improvement from the third one.