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We don’t review movies very often on Speed:Sport:Life. In fact, I’m not sure it’s ever been done before. After all, nobody on the staff is really qualified to review movies — but given that many of our compatriots in the automotive press are not qualified to review cars, there’s no reason not to perform a movie review. As the saying goes, there are a few spoilers below, although we won’t give away the ending.

This fourth installment of the “Fast and Furious” movie scene begins with a rather contrived scene, familiar to most of us from the pre-released trailers. If you saw the trailers and you’re wishing to watch the full movie you might want to click here and see if you’re able to find it using online sources that could have it available. As an alternative, you can look for other options where you can download the movie in the highest possible quality (look at Best torrenting sites to download movies) to watch it on a more substantial screen at home. Coming back to the movie, the setting scene Toretto’s using cars to steal stuff from trucks once again, but this time he’s stealing entire tank trailers from “road trains” in South America. His partner in this enterprise is Han from Tokyo Drift, thus fulfilling the statement Toretto makes at the end of that movie in the most awkward manner humanly possible.

After an appropriately action-packed series of events, we learn that it’s time for Toretto and Han to clear out. Han leaves for Tokyo, where he will become what Robert Bly calls a “second father” for a young American street racer, while Toretto leaves his girlfriend, Letty, in the middle of the night. This is the only safe way to leave Letty, given the felicity with which she dropped Lance Tran during the “Race Wars” segment of the first movie.

A few years later, we find out that Letty has been killed by a mysterious heroin smuggler, and both Brian O’Connor (a returning Paul Walker) and Toretto are on the trail of the killer. From then on, we get most of what we’ve come to expect from F&F. There are street-race scenes filled with lipstick lesbians, criminal masterminds who require the services of super-skilled drivers for the flimsiest of pretenses, and the eternal struggle between authority and empathy for O’Connor’s soul.

Also, there are wheelstands. Of course there are wheelstands. But the automotive authenticity factor is at all-time high for the series. Much of the driving looks vaguely “real”, a statement which cannot be applied to the CGI buffoonery of 2Fast 2Furious or the two-minute drag races in the original film. The tired old chestnut of somebody making a pass by dramatically shifting and flooring the throttle appears no fewer than 10.3 million times, but there’s really hardly any other way to do it. Ask any real racer, as Toretto himself might say, and he’ll tell you that races are really won by reducing the amount of steering input and maximizing exit traction, but there’s really no way to show that, so we’re back to the dramatic shift.

Fans of the original cast will find it reunited here, with the significant subtraction of Ted Levine. Jordana Brewster exercises the full range of her acting ability, which is roughly equivalent to the powerband of a first-generation Honda S2000. Michelle Rodriguez checks out early, both literally and figuratively, so the burden of the movie falls on the gym-toned shoulders of Walker and Vin Diesel. They don’t carry it particularly well; the tension between the two which drove the original film is entirely absent, replaced by the angry-buddy dialogue which made 2Fast 2Furious so difficult to watch. At least Walker never refers to anyone as “brah”.

Despite the many charges laid against Rob Cohen’s 2001 film, at its heart it was a genuinely decent effort. The story was compelling, the acting didn’t get in the way too much, and the central drama of O’Connor’s choices was resonant and believable. Yes, it’s possible to sit there and chuckle all the way through at such classic lines like “I’ve seen the way you drive! You got a heavy foot!” but there really was something compelling about Toretto’s “crew”.

2Fast 2Furious, by contrast, was simply awful. It’s cringe-worthy from the bridge-jumping opening to the boat-jumping conclusion. If someone were to make a film version of a crappy video game based on another crappy film, this would be it. It took a change of director and a complete renewal of the cast to make Tokyo Drift as good as it was. In the same way that Return of the Jedi basically tells the same story as Star Wars, only with better explosions, the third F&F film retells the central drama of the first — a young man finding and losing his first real male role model — in a more dramatic, emotionally powerful fashion.

Where does this leave the new film? I would personally place it third-best, behind Tokyo Drift, which I feel to be the strongest, most complete member of the series and the original, but far, far ahead of 2Fast 2Furious. I suspect that director Justin Lin, returning for his second F&F movie, could have accomplished much more by doing a sequel to Tokyo Drift, complete with that relatively talented cast and exotic setting, but given the convoluted plotline and wooden-faced actors required here, it’s not that bad.

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Should you go see it? If you like fast cars, beautiful women, or Vin Diesel’s amazing ability to convey world-weary sadness combined with recessive-chin roid-esque rage, absolutely. If you’re looking for a combination of Citizen Kane and Le Mans, then you’ll have to settle for Audi’s free download of Truth in 24 on iTunes. Truth be told, I rather prefer these movies to Truth in 24; after all, what’s tougher to believe, the idea of three girls kissing each other at a street race, or the flat assertion that Tom Kristensen is a better driver than Jacques Villeneuve?

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