Everyone knows, what street racing means: mainly sexy and beautiful women, racing cars tuned to their top speed and rap techno blasting from the stereos. The Fast and the Furious is a movie that causes prejudices. You can think it's perfect trash or excellent action entertainment. Luckily, The Fast and the Furious does not belong to the first category, but it doesn't belong either in the second category.
Brian O'Connor is a young cop, whose task is to infiltrate the team of the L.A street racing king Dominic (Vin Diesel) in order to investigate the stolen trucks. Nobody notices Brian being a cop, until Leon (Johnny Strong) from the team starts to suspect. Brian, however succeeds to hide his true identity and falls in love with Mia (Jordana Brewster), Dominic's sister. In the end, Brian has to decide if he's on the side of Dominic or the cops. A pretty clichy plot, but you can't fit in any other plot than the aforementioned.
The movie divides opinions. My first notice was that the movie rides along on the outlook of the movie instead of the true values, and this interests a teenager after another. The screenwork is excellent and the effects are classy, making the flying pieces of junk look good. Unfortunately the soundtrack is techno rap or alternative metal, which I both dislike a bit.
The directing is pretty much medium. Rob Cohen has made the movie look professional, but it won't be a big merit in Cohen's CV. The screenplay is also excellent, when they're not talking about cars: annoying talk, which you hear too much looking at the show "Pimp My Ride". The actor choices are good (expect for the annoying Chad Lindberg, who sticks out like a sore thumb as Jesse), even though the only memorable actor is Vin Diesel, the king of racing movies.
All in all, you can love it or you can hate it. After a very long decision, I hated this more than what I liked, but this movie has got it's ups too. It's a shame that the ups are hidden by the outside, which bases on sex, ladies, violence, swearing and cars. I recommend the movie to racing movie fans and big consumers of action movies, to others I recommend this to watch as Saturday night entertainment with caution.