Dominic Toretto drives the streets of LA like he owns them. As far as his crew is concerned, he does. He spends his days rebuilding high performance racecars and perfecting the art of computer controlled fuel injection. By night, Dom pockets up to $10,000 each time someone dares to race him in his own earth-bound rocket of a car. Dom lives off of the adrenaline of streetcar racing and his fans treat him like a rock star. Brian particularly looks up to Dominic and seeks his approval, but to the rest of the crowd, he's white bread. After a blazing encounter with the ruthless Johnny Tran, Dom decides to take Brian under his wing. Dom's sister Mia sees something she likes in Brian, too. Trouble is, neither of them realizes he's an undercover cop and Dominic and his rival Johnny Tran are both the leading suspects in a case involving dirty money and big-rig hijacking.
An action melodrama so generic it could be found in the plain-wrap section of the market. Brian (Paul Walker) is an undercover cop assigned to get next close to Dom (Vin Diesel), who may be leading a pack of daredevil thieves to keep his posse of illegal street racers in dual exhausts and fresh carburetors. Some of the stunt driving is a knockout; sequences featuring the daredevil thieves driving under trucks they're robbing are the latest in thrill-seeking choreography. The stunts serve as a contrast to the wan storytelling in a movie that makes you miss the adrenaline-producing professionalism of a Jerry Bruckheimer movie. With Jordana Brewster and Michele Rodriguez as the girlfriends. - Elvis Mitchell
2001-06-22 | Elvis Mitchell | Read the New York Times Review of The Fast and the Furious