The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
May 10, 2011
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Director: Justin Lin
Writer: Chris Morgan
Producers: Neal H. Moritz
Starring: Lucas Black/Bow Wow/Sung Kang/Zachery Ty Bryan
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 104 minutes
Continuing the series of the popular fast-paced car racing movie series, The Fast and the Furious, Inner Sanctum watches the third instalment, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Despite quite a few flaws, The Fast and the Furious and 2 Fast 2 Furious are a good way to kill an hour and a half to fill them with mindless fun and action-packed scenes and stunts. However, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift actually measures up to the first and beats 2 Fast 2 Furious in the way of quality, even if the flaws that have plagued the first two are still very clearly visible. In order to avoid a jail sentence, Sean Boswell heads to Tokyo to live with his military father. In a low-rent section of the city, Sean gets caught up in the underground world of drift racing. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift actually has a decent story that takes a break from the storyline of Brian O’Connor, the main hero in the first and second movie. The first half of the story is very good and entertaining in a few places but in the second half, it’s quite slow but this is excused since it bows out to the racing scenes.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift doesn’t have good dialogue, which is something that has plagued the first two movies, but there were a couple of okay moments and some humorous moments as well. Although The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift did have some decent moments in its story, it was mostly there to introduce the action scenes which were executed very well but there were a couple of scenes where the story was actually very good. The action scenes were just as great as the first two movies but this movie focuses more on racing rather than cops and criminals. Although The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift has some impressive scenes, it wasn’t as breathtaking as the first movie but the racing in this one is more entertaining. The characters in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift weren’t very likeable at all, which is a problem that the previous movies had. The main character, Sean, is likeable in the first fifteen minutes but as the movie goes on, he becomes irritating and does things for no reason. Half of the characters in the movie seem like they are there for no reason at all and feel very unnecessary as they add hardly anything to the story. Overall, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is a big step up from 2 Fast 2 Furious and it’s very welcoming seeing an old face again.
Although The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift welcomes a change to the series by introducing drift racing, different characters and featuring the movie in a different country, the movie felt like it was a stand-alone movie and not a sequel or a spin-off of some kind. Sure, the name of the movie is The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and it involves cars racing but the title could be changed to something else and you wouldn’t have known any better that it was a second sequel to the series. Yet again, the story is decent enough and the racing and action scenes were so much better this time around and kept you on the edge of your seat. Overall, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift gives the series a new spin on the series and is a very good addition to the series. It manages to improve from 2 Fast 2 Furious so if you’re a fan of this series, you will surely enjoy this.