The Fast & The Furious is loosely based on an article in a magazine about street clubs that race Japanese cars late at night. Domenic Toretto is the leader of a street gang that is under suspicion of stealing expensive electronic equipment. Brian O'Connor is an undercover police officer attempts to find out who exactly is stealing the equipment, while falling for Domenic's younger sister, Mia.
I entered the Fast & Furious experience very late in the game. In fact, I never even heard about the film into a year after it opened. I was living in a fog most of the time in 2001 and I can’t remember much.
It the summer of 2002 I was visiting an old friend of mine in my home town when I got to know about THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS. My friend and his friends are your typical middle to upper middle class suburbia-nites. They all have a good job, work 40 hours a week, sustain a marriage while raising a few kids. They are living the life as far as many people are concerned. They have a lot of time (the last time I worked 40hrs a week or less was...never!), and they have a disposable income.
Throw those two together and you have people with a lot of toys. Grown up toys like jet-skis, stereo systems and cars! Definitely cars. This is a group of people who love cars. Love talking about cars, going to car shows, working on cars, and of course driving cars. So THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS is the perfect film for them. And they all loved this film.
I was hanging out at my friend’s friends home in suburbia-land one night, drinking some Buds, smoking some illegal stuff and watching THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS. By the time I came around, most of these guys have seen the film at least 5 times before. And most of them didn’t really care about the story, as they all wanted to see was the cars and the car chasing scenes. They started talking about a language I had no idea about.
And to all of them me not knowing about cars really pissed them off. Not that they were snobby about it as they liked people who were not car fans. They all married people who didn’t like cars. But I was grown up by a father who was an upper level executive at General Motors and with that job came a lot of cars at my disposal.
Good old dad got to test drive all the new GM cars that came out. And I was under his insurance, so I got to drive the cars too. My friends (and non-annoying friends) used to always look at the cars and be in awe of what I was driving. For me, I couldn’t of cared less. Cars never have been a big deal for me. And they hated me for this because they all would of given anything to be in my position. But that’s how life seems to work. People are given treats who don’t want the treats to begin with. Like a famous person never needing to pay for a meal in a restaurant even though they are rich and can afford it more than anybody.
Even as a teenager I treated them as hunks of metal that seemed to really ruin the environment. I always used tell my dad that it seemed like cars should have evolved into something more. Flying cars or at least cars that didn’t need gas in order to run.
Of course it wasn’t until years later that I realized that the big companies like GM could of changed how cars were made, but that would mean them losing money for a few years and pissing off all of the side manufacturers who needed cars to be the exact same forever in order for them to not go out of business. The manufacture timeline in history sure put themselves into many corners that we at present time can’t get out of!
So THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS is just a movie that hits on all of the things that many boys and men love. Cars, fast car, faster cars, sex, sexy women, and a little loyalty family plot angle thrown in. It’s pretty obvious why this film was such as hit that sparked four more sequels (as of this review).
It took Vin Diesel 8 years to realize that the cars were the star of the film and not him. More on that in the 2 FAST 2 FURIOUS reviews.