“The Fast And The Furious” is the 1st of the 5 movie franchise (soon to be a 6 movie franchise); and it has one of the better storylines of the series.  Although it has the least amount of action sequences of the 5 movies, it has the advantage of a simpler, slightly more believable plot.  Paul Walker plays an undercover cop sent to infiltrate a street racing culture that holds clues as to who is robbing tractor trailers with the use of heavily modded Honda Civics.  Vin Diesel plays the street racing hero who may or may not be the ringleader of the robbery crew.

Walker saves Diesel from getting arrested during a night of street racing, and both men quickly develop a friendship that brings Walker deeper into Diesel’s legal and illegal business.   Oh, Walker also falls for Jordana Brewster, who plays Diesel’s sister.  Apparently, Diesel’s business isn’t the only thing Walker gets deep into.  All these entanglements cloud Walker’s mind, making the cops and FBI agents handling the case wonder about Walker’s loyalties.

I’ve seen all 5 of the movies, and this first movie has the simplest car action sequences.  That’s not a knock.  I happen to prefer it, because it’s more realistic.   The next 4 movies have outrageous action sequences that mostly deserve cries of “b.s!”  Yes, they are highly entertaining, but in a cartoonish way.  Whatever your preference, if you like cars, you’ll like these movies.

“The Fast And The Furious” mostly feature small, import cars from Honda, Nissan, Toyota and Mazda.  We’re treated to only two muscle cars: a modded, Dodge Charger and a classic, Chevy Chevelle SS (the latter seen only after the end credits).  So if you like American muscle, this movie may not be for you.  I used to never like “ricers,” but since buying a 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T, I have a slightly better appreciation for them.  Of course, I still hate the ones that have those useless, extra loud exhaust; the non-functional, over sized and retarded rear wings; and shiny stickers advertising the parts that are supposedly in the car (even though it’s not believable the car has them because the rest of the car looks like garbage).  Despite the fact that my heart will always yearn for American muscle cars (classic and modern Camaros, Mustangs, Chargers, Challengers, GTOs, Trans-Ams), a good looking, fast car will always have my attention and love; and “The Fast And The Furious” certainly has many good-looking, fast cars in action.

My most memorable, movie moment of “The Fast And The Furious” is the scene when Diesel tells Walker that Diesel lives his life 1/4 mile at a time.  Nothing else matters.  For those 10 seconds or less — an extremely fast car will do the 1/4 mile in 10 seconds or less — he feels free.  Damn right.

For those who don’t understand a man’s love for his vehicle, let me set you straight: to most men, a car is the embodiment of freedom, power, and beauty.

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Me with my baby (2012 Genesis Coupe 2.0T) on the day I took her home.

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