(This review may contain spoilers).
Before I watched this one, the only film I’d seen from this franchise was Fast and Furious 5… which I don’t really remember much of, apart from drinking too much Diet Coke in the cinema. Since I intend to see 6 and 7 at the cinema in a double bill, though, and I got this for £3, I figured I’d buy it so that I had some familiarity with the storyline.
I’ve noticed that, with older films (not really old ones, but compared to movies made after 2000), there’s more time spent on the romances… and I definitely felt that was the case with this movie. There was good chemistry between the characters who were in relationships.
I found it easy to empathise with the characters in this film and I particularly enjoyed the friendship that formed between Dom and Brian. There were some really intense scenes in the movie that drew me in and made it easy to care about the characters.
I did like the car racing aspects in this. I found it interesting that Brian tried to barter for respect if he won… but that the respect came from his actions outside of the racing.
There were a few scenes that were quite horrible in this film. Nothing over-the-top gory, but definitely at least one I found myself unable too watch. The acting drew me in and I found it easy to see the emotions the characters were feeling, particularly when it reached the end of the movie.
There were quite a few actors in this who I recognised. Meeting Paul Walker’s character for the first time… it’s awful to think about what happened to him, but I feel that he (and the other actors in this) played off each other really well.
As mentioned above, I’m going to be watching other movies from this franchise soon. I put it off for a while, but I definitely feel it’s worth watching if you enjoy action films with a good storyline and characters and lots of cars.