104 Min | Action – Crime – Drama | June 2006
IMDB Rating: 5.9
Director: Justin Lin
Starring: Lucas Black, Zachery Ty Bryan, Bow Wow
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Review: “The Fast And The Furious” series opened the cinema for a whole new way to make car movies. This 3rd movie from this series added the cherry on the top of a sweet cake. Lots of action during the whole movie and, I must say, a very good argument. Way better than the 2nd movie with some characters very well created and also their evolution through out the movie. Although, sometimes, it seams that the story walks a bit too fast and things happen too early, this 3rd movie has one of the best arguments of the 3. And I’m still undecided if it is better or not than the 1st movie.
We are introduced to Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), a high school kid who can’t seem to find his niche in life. He’s moved from town to town with his divorced mother, and getting into problems with the law, before finding himself in Southern California. The California scenes pay homage to Justin Lin’s earlier film, Better Luck Tomorrow, almost feeling like an extension of that film. We see the crowds of students in the courtyard, almost peripheral to a particular point in time. Moving to California doesn’t change anything, and Sean, the outsider, finds himself racing Clay (Zachery Ty Bryan, from Home Improvement), a rich kid who has it all, including a brand new Dodge Viper.
Star Wars, The Godfather, Lord of the Rings and Back to the Future are the only exceptions that have worked in the past because there’s an on-going story line.
Some really good changes in this 3rd movie was the feature of drifts instead of pure racing (shown so far in the previous series). THAT is the main innovation in this series as long as in cars movies. The creators of “The Fast and The Furious” were PROBABLY pioneers in making underground car movies and they were surely the first doing a movie about drifting.
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