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I do not like car chases (neither in movies nor in real life). This is the reason why I never saw those “Fast Furious” franchise films, and have only decided to catch up now that the seventh installment has received such rave reviews. The good thing is: “The Fast and the Furious” has not too many car chases. What it has is cars, and car races, and … what do you call them? Car bunnies? And car tough guys. And it has Vin Diesel, who for all it’s worth is very good at what he’s doing. It also has Paul Walker, who is cute, it has some generic Asian bad guys team on motorbikes, which is a nice add-on, and some it has a nasty FBI guy, which is always a good thing for an action flick.

There is some decent on-street choreography going on, with formation truck jacking and camp but funny camera rides through what I suppose is cgi car machinery.

What is above average is the stomping soundtrack, and the ability of the screenwriters to inject some form of human credibility into Vin Diesel’s character. From what I hear (most recently through the Filmspotting review and their Top 5) is that this is not the highlight of the series, and that’s good to hear. It is not a masterpiece, but I can see how this could evolve into something people looked forward to. So I join in and look forward to … 2 Fast 2 Furious. 1 down, 6 to go…

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/1108372-fast_and_the_furious/?search=the%20fast%20and

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