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Fast & Furious

Released

Latest Home Video

Jul 28, 2009

MPAA Rating:

PG-13


Run Time:

107

Director

Justin Lin

Cast

Vin Diesel

Paul Walker

Michelle Rodriguez

Justin Lin.

Studio

2009 Universal Studios

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Still shot from the movie: Fast & Furious.

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OverallD
ViolenceD
SexC-
LanguageD+
Drugs/AlcoholC
Run Time107

Making the Grades

I’m curious to know if incidents of street racing or at least traffic violations spike following the release of movies like Fast & Furious. Certainly the group of teens I screened this movie with was buzzing when the credits rolled. Whether it was from the nonstop action in the film or too many caffeinated beverages, it’s hard to say, but either way, I let the parking lot clear before I hit the roads.

It appears that the purpose of this flick is to get adrenaline pumping through the veins of viewers, particularly male audience members. If so, it likely succeeds. Scenes of souped up cars, reckless driving, prolonged shots of female posteriors, and erotic dancing along with lesbian kissing and fondling are stuffed onto the screen between bouts of fistfights and an intense rooftop chase.

However, lawbreaking activities aren’t confined to the street racers or drug dealers that squeal through crowded neighborhoods in Los Angeles or down a tiny roadway in a Mexican village. Police officer Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), in an attempt to infiltrate a drug ring and bring it down, is just as quick to push the throttle during a street race initiation. When he fails to be chosen as a drug mule, he uses a police SWAT team to raid the home of one of the other drivers. After planting a package of illegal drugs in Dwight’s (Greg Cipes) apartment, Brian ensures himself a spot on the next drug transport trip while the unlucky driver is tied up in the judicial system for a while.

Teamed up with Brian for the cross border haul is his old nemesis, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), a criminal who wants to make his way into the cartel in order to inflict his own form of retribution on one of the drug runners (Laz Alonso).

The action that follows is aptly described as fast and furious. Drivers, prompted on by the voice in a GPS system, race through heavily populated downtown streets, narrow residential alleys and across sidewalks teeming with pedestrians. They accelerate through tight underground tunnels and speed through precarious mountain passes, breaking not only stacks of traffic rules but a whole book of physics’ laws as well. However, massive explosions and rounds of ammunition are detonated so rapidly that there is little time to mull over the script’s gaping leaps of logic. (A point that might not be important to many viewers anyway.)

To the producers’ credit, or possibly in response to advice from their legal council, the film does run a disclaimer, acknowledging that professional stunt drivers performed these highly dangerous feats on closed circuits. Unfortunately the rider comes on screen well after the closing credits begin running, when most patrons have left or lost interest.

What the filmmakers don’t show are any of the negative outcomes these drivers’ actions would surely have on the general public, i.e. accident reports, insurance claims, property damage, bodily injury or, more seriously, funerals following a hit-and-run incident.

While many may argue that Fast & Furious is only meant to be high-octane action entertainment, regrettably it feels more like irresponsible exploitation designed to take the audience for a ride.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Fast & Furious.

Although the film does include a disclaimer about the stunts performed in this film, by the time they ran only a handful of patrons were left in the theatre where I was and none of them seemed to be watching the credits. Do you think such a statement should be more strongly emphasized to viewers? Is running such a proviso a sufficient measure for studios to take?

In addition to the highly implausible portrayal of stealing tanker trailers from the gas transporter, what other feats in this film defy all logic? How easy would it be for a pedestrian to outrun or avoid a speeding car?

Do you agree with the sentence the judge hands down in this story? Should criminals be able to barter away their illegal activities in exchange for helping police? What impact might this have on the judicial system?

 

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
14A Violence, Street Racing.
AB 14A
MB 14A Not Recommeded for Children, Violence.
ON 14A Violence, Language May Offend
QC 13+ Violence
NB
NS
NL
PE
14A

Canadian Home Video Rating: 14A

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Details on home video releases of Fast & Furious...

Home Video Notes: Fast & Furious

Release Date: 9 April 2013

Fast & Furious releases to home video in Blu-ray/Ultraviolet Digital Copy.

Release Date: 28 July 2009

Fast & Furious races onto DVD in either a single or double disc set. Both versions offer the movie in widescreen, with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French and Spanish). Subtitles are available in English, French and Spanish.

The Single Disc DVD of Fast and Furious also includes a gag reel and a feature commentary by director Justin Lin.

The 2-Disc DVD of Fast and Furious includes:

- Gag Reel

- Feature Commentary with director Justin Lin

- Featurettes: (Under the Hood: Muscle Cars and Imports, Getting the Gang Back Together, Driving School with Vin Diesel, Shooting the Big Rig Heist, Races and Chases, High Octane Action: The Stunt and South of the Border: Filming in Mexico)

- Short Film: Los Bandoleros

- Music Video (Blanco by Pitbull and featuring Pharrell)

- Trailers

- Digital Copy of the movie

Fast & Furious on Blu-ray is presented in HD widescreen, with audio in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (English) and DTS 5.1 (French and Spanish). Subtitles are provided in English, French and Spanish. Bonus materials are as follows:

-Featurettes: (Under The Hood: Muscle Cars & Imports, "Driving School With Vin Diesel, Shooting the Big Rig Heist and High Octane Action: The Stunts)

- Short Film: Los Bandoleros

- U-Control (Behind-the-scenes and Virtual Car Garage)

- BD-Live (Fast & Furious Video Mashup and BD-Live Center)

- Digital Copy of movie

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ChrisJackson says: Apr. 23, 2013

Hi. My child asked me if he could see this movie last week, and it looked like a good movie, but I heard it was pretty violent. So I came here to find out what that was. I then watched the movie myself and my opinion changed. I noticed you said in your review:
“What the filmmakers don’t show are any of the negative outcomes these drivers’ actions would surely have on the general public, i.e. accident reports, insurance claims, property damage, bodily injury or, more seriously, funerals following a hit-and-run incident.”
There are plenty counts of property damage and physical injury directly related to driving recklessly in this movie. Also, you say the filmmakers don’t show negative outcomes like “funerals following a hit and run incident”. A funeral following a hit and run incident is what this movie is based upon. Dom attends Letty’s funeral following a hit and run incident. He then tries to find the man who did it and take down a drug lord, not get in to the cartel. Also, if crushed cars were a reason for this to be rated PG-13, Herbie the Love Bug movie would be rated that. Please don’t make up your own plot, you might be depriving some kids of a great movie. I taught my children the difference between real life and make believe, they wouldn’t act this out in real life.

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