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Fast & Furious (2009/aka Fast & Furious IV/Universal DVD Set with Digital Copy + DVD single)

 

Picture: C+†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: D†††† Film: D

 

 

As a strictly money machine move set in the last awful installment, Fast & Furious (2009) has Vin Diesel returning to the role of Dominic Toretto and Paul Walker is back (in an A-list film after several misfires) as Brian OíConner paired again after Diesel as in the last minutes of the film.For those unfamiliar with the series, you can read more about it in our old HD-DVD trilogy coverage at this link:

 

http://www.fulvuedrive-in.com/review/4335/The+Fast+&+The+Furious+Trilogy

 

 

Tokyo Drift was the third and last film, not the biggest one and Diesel was in there as insurance in case it was not a hit.In a plot that is essentially a dumbed-down version of the James Bond film Licence To Kill (1989, reviewed elsewhere on this site) for morons, OíConner is now an FBI agent (in the Bond film, CIA agent Felix Leiter was now a DEA agent) and teams up with Toretto (that makes him Timothy Dalton with a touch of Telly Savalas) trying to break a heroin ring.It is so derivative and obvious that in between more sexed-up car races, the film borrows liberally from the Bonds the way Dieselís XXX films did.

 

The opening sequence is even a bad rip-off of Killís tanker sequence with no point and it just goes downhill from there as actually worse than the last film.It was a hit because it was off-season and was lucky enough to land Jordana Brewer and Michelle Rodriguez.Besides that, it will always be ironic that the car companies were having so much trouble when this was a hit, but it is a desperate sequel that is predictable as anything, formulaic, tired and as empty as its recycled title.

 

The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is surprisingly weak and for being shot in Super 35mm film (by Vantage Point Director of Photography Amir M. Mokri) looks like a bad HD shoot with all the digital downgrading and manipulations.The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix is strained but active, though we bet this plays better on Blu-ray.Nevertheless, it is no improvement in performance over the previous films either.

 

Extras include gag reel, feature length commentary with Lin, four featurettes (on the double set only) and a short film Diesel made a while ago called Los Bandoleros!That has more narrative structure than the last two films in the series!

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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