Paul Walker, meanwhile, doesn’t really act in Fast and the Furious, but neither does he not act—his performance is somehow unrealistic and naturalistic at the same time.
He has two modes: amiable and smiley, and surly and angry.
“Another group gets excitement from doing drugs or whatever.
Speed excites us.” It is not a big leap from this to the film’s iconic line, delivered by Dominic Toretto, Vin Diesel’s character, in his thick, macadamized growl: Breezy and silly, the film is one of the last artifacts of the long Nineties, free of the portentousness that seized Hollywood after September 11.
The one sour note in The Fast and the Furious is the name of a desert-racing competition attended by the gang and their rivals.
In the Vibe article, the event is called Drag Wars, but in the film it’s Race Wars, a nasty, mean-spirited pun that’s out of place in a series devoid of easy irony, or really any irony at all.
John Singleton, of Boyz n the Hood but also the Shaft remake, does not improve on Cohen’s direction. Ludacris), both instrumental in the subsequent films, make their first appearance in 2 Fast 2 Furious as Roman Pearce and Tej Parker. The collective antipathy toward 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift is mystifying.