Fast and Furious’ packs box office punch, lacks blockbuster hit

By Jared O’Gorman

“Fast & Furious” opened in theaters nationwide Friday.
Released by Universal Pictures, the action film tells the
continuing story of F.B.I. agent Brian O’Conner, played by Paul
Walker, and rebel carjacker Dominic “Dom” Toretto, played by Vin

Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster also return to their
roles as Letty Ortiz and Mia Toretto, respectively.

Ignoring the forgettable sequels “2 Fast 2 Furious” and “The
Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift,” the film picks up where the
2001 original left off.

O’Conner has been reinstated with the F.B.I. and is pursuing the
Braga drug cartel.

When someone close to Dom gets wrapped up in Braga’s drug
trafficking ring, he takes it upon himself to bring down the drug

The real fun starts when Dom and O’Conner team up to achieve
their common goal of eliminating Brag.

Like most “bad guy” centric capers, the film persuades the
viewer to side with the outlaws, making the F.B.I. agents seem
tactless and incompetent.

While Brewster is able to pack an emotional punch, Walker’s only
emotion seems to be a mix of perpetual anger and confusion .

Likewise, Diesel is only capable of maintaining the same
monotone sentiment that he uses in all his roles.

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Fast and Furious

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Fast and Furious’ packs box office punch, lacks blockbuster hit

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