Friday, December 31, 2010

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift - 2 out of 5

A completely pointless sequel to a movie that never should have spawned a franchise.

I enjoyed the first film. Fast cars, decent action and hot women came together to make a decent popcorn movie but the first film wasn't good enough to produce a sequel and REALLY not good enough to spawn a third (and then a fourth and now a fifth coming out. Honestly, did these movies really make enough money to spawn a franchise?). This third film is like the black sheep of the's there but even fans of the franchise seem to ignore its existence.

The premise is just like all the other films: Troubled youths involved in crime and use racing to get out of it. Yes it's silly but remember Over the Top? At least there's no arm wrestling in these movies. But unlike the other films, this movie deals with the short lived fascination that is drifting. Remember drifting? For about a year or so, it was the hip thing as even G4 made an entire TV show on it. But, like the Dell Guy, our country's love affair with drifting disappeared but, unlike the Dell Guy, drifting can be kinda cool and entertaining to watch.

While this movie does offer some cool races, decent action, cool stunts and some great camera work done during the races, it offers little else as the story barely exists to only string together the racing. The story gets very silly indeed as well as they attempt to create some deep, zen like meaning to drifting and there's a Yoda-like instructor teaching the main protagonist how to properly drift. And did I mention the protagonist (Lucas Black) is suppose to be a high school student but looks like he's in his mid-thirties?

Overall, this movie is basically something that offers little in the form of entertainment. It isn't fun enough to watch to be a popcorn movie and it is so void of story that unless you are a big fan of the franchise, you can not watch this movie and your life would be just fine. In fact, even watching it will do nothing. Watch it or not, you'll come out just the same--unchanged.

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