Fast & Furious (2009)
Is it a sequel? Yes…but don’t forget to throw it in reverse and back up, straight past Tokyo Drift. It’s third in the series, chronologically. (Yeah, we’ll pause while you headscratch…again.)
Buckle up! You’re going to: Dominican Republic, Panama City, Los Angeles, Mexico…wheeeee!
Who’s out? Almost everyone introduced in 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift, minus Han (Kang) and Drift’s director, Lin
Who else is back? Toretto (Diesel); O’Connor (Walker); Mia (Brewster); Letty (Rodriguez)
Who’s new—and noteworthy? Fenix Calderon (Laz Alonso); David Park (Ron Yuan); Arturo Braga (John Ortiz); Gisele (Gal Gadot)
The 10-second sypnosis: It’s five years after the original, and now O’Connor is working for the FBI. He enlists Toretto (a fugitive?) and his crew (including Han, back from the future!) to help him shut down an international heroin ring. It's led by Braga, a villian with a need for guys who (surprise, surprise) like to drive with a death wish.
Please note (for continuity’s sake): After this installment, Letty is almost certainly dead (there's a funeral! with a coffin!), and Dom gets arrested and sentenced in the end. Lin, however, leaves us with one final scene: Brian and Mia, miraculously intercepting Dom’s prison bus…
Critics said: As “the first true sequel of the bunch” it “should reignite the franchise.” (Hollywood Reporter) “Special effects are good;” “acting is extremely basic.” (Chicago Sun Times) “Agreeably dopey” until “a climax that just isn’t there.” (The A.V. Club)
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