Reviewed by: Douglas Downs
|Featuring||Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster , Michelle Rodriguez and Matt Schulze|
|Producer||Neal H Moritz|
Did you know that you could attend Summer School for less than $10 a class? I honestly don’t know which is more ridiculous: Universal making this movie about “illegal street racing” or USA Today doing a full feature in their paper on how to make “illegal” modifications to your car. Judging from the cars in the parking lot and those that attended this film—school was in session.
“The Fast and the Furious” is another vain American Graffiti attempt to capture the “heart and soul” of America’s innercity youth. And the overall spirit of this film is more vicious than “Gone In 60 Seconds”.
Included in “TFATF” is reckless operation of cars, reckless use of alcohol (glorified), and a reckless message regarding pre-marital sex (partial nudity included). This is mild compared to a high level of profanity (including 3 uses of the “F” word) and some very dark and gruesome violence. True, maybe this is “reality” in many cities but it doesn’t make it right.
Once again the MPA has given a gift to one of the powerful entertainment brokers. I am still stunned that this film got a PG-13 rating. This film marks another dangerous precedence for parents trying to trust the rating system. The truth is, we cannot. I am thankful for web sites like Christian Spotlight, because of that very reason.
The film features Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) as an undercover cop trying to solve several thefts. Most of these involve the heist of 18-wheelers. Brian soon gets in good with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). He is the tough leader of this octane driven gang. It isn’t long before Dominic’s sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) catches Brian’s eye.
As would be expected from a film like this, there is a plethora of fast car chases and the action is intense at times. The studio boasts that there was more real metal flying and real stunts than the CGI imitations in Stallone’s “Driven”. The only problem is that morals are the true metal of a films content. And this film fails at almost every level.
Chinese crime lords are the villains at bay in “The Fast and the Furious.” Unfortunately, the plot is very skimpy at this point and uses a lot of violence to fill in the blanks. On an offensive level this film pokes fun at prayer and honoring God. Taking into account all the negatives present I heartily recommend without any hesitation avoiding this action flik. Not even worth a “curious” rental visit later this year.
I’m not sure what the true motivation is behind this movie, but most Christian viewers will only be spinning their wheels if they choose to see “TFATF”. Perhaps “fast” will be the pace discerning Christians will leave the theater and “furious” parents will be if their unsuspecting teen sees this film’s dangerous messages.