Tuesday 16th July 2019,

Fast & Furious 4 (2009) – Review

Hot weather, Dominican Republic, gasoline tank truck and well known guys heading to hijack the tank. The main lover partners Dom and Letty are driving so called “the Darth Vader car” Buick GNX. Right after the adrenaline action, Dominic suspects danger and leaves Leticia behind to protect her.

(spoiler alert)

Several weeks later, Panama City and Dom received a call from his sister Mia with bad news – Letty has been murdered in a car accident. Dominic took the first flight to Los Angeles to investigate the situation. Just by going to the accident place, he found traces of nitro methane which lead him to the chain of names.

Meanwhile FBI agent Brian O’Conner is hunting down drug dealer in a pretty action scene similar to Bond movies. This guy (whoever he was) gave Brian a name of another guy (whoever that was) and we are at the meeting point of Brian and Dom. They are invited to a street race through Los Angeles. Brian picked a modified Nissan Skyline GT-R and Dominic modified beauty Chevelle. Dominic won on purpose by bumping into Brian’s car. As winner he became the last driver on a team that smuggled heroin from Mexico. Brian uses his power and as an FBI agent he arrested another driver from the team, so he could take his place instead. To avoid detection, they had to drive through a tunnel on the Mexican border– and they are driving insanely fast. I mean ludicrously fast and furiously. Just when the heroin is delivered, drivers should be killed. Brian knew this and after one guy revealed he murdered Letty, Dominic detonated his car. Together with Brian they stole a Hummer full of heroin.

Back into Los Angeles Dom discovered Brian was the last person Letty talked to. After being attacked by Dom, he explained Letty was working undercover for Brian, tracking down heroin boss Praga in exchange for clearing Dom’s name. After unavailing trap of heroin team and boss, they found out Praga is in Mexico. Dom and Brian decided to chase him down. Brian successfully arrested him in a church in Mexico. Now they need to get through the tunnels again, but this time they are being hunted by all of Praga’s minions. They all are killed by Dom and Brian, of course. Police and helicopters are approaching the American side of the border ready to arrest Dom. Brian resigned from FBI and Dominic is judged to 25 years to life. Dominic is being transported to Lompoc jail when suddenly all his friends driving supercars are about to rescue him..

What I really don’t like is the tunnel chase at the end. It would have been a better film if the tunnel chase was real and not an imitation of need for speed that someone made on his laptop. So why even bother with such a scene?

Despite of the cars and Diesel’s huge body there is no other reason for watch it. Honestly. Fast & Furious is always so uprated, can somebody tell me why? I can only remember two sentences worth remembering; by the FBI boss “You’re bleeding on my floor” and by Dom “NOS is for pussies” with which I agree. Other than that, too much CGI and not enough story.

Interesting Facts:
1. It made $72.5 mil. during it’s first three day opening beating The Lost World.
2.Due to moving the release date from June to April, composer Brian Tyler only had three days to record the orchestral music.

Cars (only the most impressive):
1970 Dodge Charger
1972 Ford Gran Torino
1984 Buick GTX
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
1986 Ford RS200
1978 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am

Cars ***** Girls * Action ***** Sanity *

Directed By:
Justin Lin

Written By:
Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson

Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto
Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner (R.I.P.)
Jordana Brewster as Mia
Michelle Rodriguez as Letty
John Ortiz as Campos
Laz Alonso as Fenix

GD Star Rating
Fast & Furious 4 (2009) - Review, 10.0 out of 10 based on 2 ratings
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Ever since I first drove an E30 I became a car fan almost instantly. I wanted to build something interesting in this manner and since I don’t know how to build cars but I can pose for pictures, so focusing on photography for Inopian was the answer.

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