The Fast and the Furious, it has shaken the xtreme world since it was first launched back then in the year 2001. The first installment got us all shocked and excited all. With the ever macho Van Diesel and the handsome hunk Paul Walker. They manage to glide through the second installments placing in some famous hot chick like Devon Aki, who manage to lure more guys in with her sexy appeal while charm the girls with her barbie car.
Like every other people out there who likes to look at chun chicks (yes, I like looking at chun chicks… and I don’t see a problem with that), fast and expensive cars, nice car graphics… and of course the flames that comes out from the car ezos that I think can burn 3 chicken wings … I am totally jumping high and low with excitement wanting and dying to go see this movie.
Well.. from the trailer… I obviously noticed the drop in the film quality. Not to even mention the castings for this 3rd installment is not that great. Yes, most of the cast weren’t exectly that well-known. Okay maybe they are some big stars… but I surely din see much of them before. I still go… because I was wrong about Cars… and so.. I didn’t wanna be wrong and miss some shows. On top of that, I love to see the drifting styles. Just so smooth!
The movie kicks of with a not quite interesting opening credit. It somehow looks like those typical chinese movie type of opening. Which I dun put much blame on since the director is a chinese (I assume) since his name was Justin Lin. The opening scene tells out how Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) was a not so rich and famous student in the university. He loves fast cars, however he can’t actually afford it and thus he drives a rather old car. His car mirror was smashed when he was caught talking to a famous footballer, Clay (Zachery Ty Bryan) ‘s girlfriend. Thus, he was challanged to a race which well… end with a nice reward. Whoever wins gets Clay’s girlfriend, Cindy (Nikki Griffin).
It was a rough race with lots of sand, dust, knocking and banging… and surely lots of badly shaped cars in the end. Okay… from here onwards… no one knows exectly how come he flies to Tokyo. It is said that he can be trialed since he has loads of speeding tickets and all. But I have no idea how he can leave town when he is on the crime’s list. No explanation… nothing.. straight to Tokyo.
He went there and settled down with his father who treats him very strictly. Well… at school… he finally meet some cool people like Twinkie (Bow Wow) who is like a walking amazon.com. He sells loads of stuffs, from ipod, shoes, watches… I guess anything you can name. And well… so coincidently… Twinkie is some underground kid that knows people who do those illegal racing stuff. Which interests Sean.
He was quickly eyeing on Neela (Nathalie Kelley) which manage to cause him trouble since he is DK (Brian Tee)’s girlfriend. I wonder why he always get’s in trouble eyeing on other people’s girl! Yes, DK is a very powerful and influential people because his uncle is a japanese mafia and not to mention… he is very talented in drifting which earns him his name DK which means Drift King.
The blur and new Sean wasn’t aware of that challanged DK to a race. Han (Sung Kang), DK’s partner borrowed his car to Sean to race with DK. And needless to say, Sean who knew nothing about drifting smash Han’s car in to pieces.
Needless to say, Sean need to work for Han to repay him for the car damages. Sean is slowly taken in as part of Han’s group, which causes much dislike to DK. However DK can’t say anything since DK needs Han as his partner.
Han took Sean in and make him like his side man. He even give him nice cars and shelter. Not to even mention, he taught him how to drift! Which is so cool. Sean was then set to challange with DK’s man Marimoto (Leonardo Nam). Sean’s winning made him more famous.
Problem soon start again when Sean just can’t leave Neela alone. Sticking together with her always makes DK more jealous and everything boils when DK foud out that Han was cheating on him and his uncle. The incident causes both to fire at each other. Well.. obviously they race around town and all catching each other… which causes Marimoto to die and his car… I guess is sandwhiched and Han to die too. Sad sad.. why does macho guy always have to die?
Well… to end all problems, they will also have to race cars. Right… so.. DK and Sean will have to race each other down some mountain roads. Which I dun find no reason why they do it but it was fun to watch. But well… actually not that fun anymore. Seriously, right after Han died, I just find the rest of the movie boring. And right… although is the last drive thing… I wasn’t paying attention at all.
For obvious reasons, we should already know Sean wins. He is then the new DK and Neela is his girl. But the best part, and well I was shocked when Vin Diesel takes a cameo role and wanted to race with Sean. He claims that he is Han’s family. Hahaha… I am surprised! SO… SO surprised!
The thought the drifting was superb. It was neat and the drifting cheography was good. The spacings and the angels were superb. Right… and I can see that they really use good stuntmans. Right.. they have the reality famous drift king as their stunt and action director. It was the same people who do the Initial D.
However this movie has lack of the visual graphics thing going on (unlike previous 2 installments) and worst of all.. the storyline sux. Everything skips too fast and they just try to put in too many drifting scenes in to bombard me and make me WOW!
I mean yes… WOW … nice drifting… wooo…. nice move…. but the storyline… there’s lots of gap to fill up that they just didn’t bother. Like I say, how come he can leave town and go Japan? How does he learn in classes when his Japanese is so limited? Why would Han pick him in the first place? Why would Han betray DK when he knows 50% of something is better than 100% of nothing? What Sean and DK need to race to settle things down, which leads to what are the settling?
I don’t even understand how come they are using Marimoto’s car to be in the poster… I mean in the movie the car appears oni like for 10 minits, maybe less… and I don’t get it. Maybe I just doesn’t have to get it.
Hahaha.. however I was impressed with Han when he ask what is the point of racing. Totally salute him when he does not drift to win races… instead.. he only drifts to… ermmm… I can’t tell, watch it!