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It's amazing how much better this movie is compared to the series its previous entry "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift". Amazing, since bother movies are made only two years apart form each other and are directed by the same director, Justin Lin.

But it's not just that this movie is better, it's also a very different movie. You could say this movie went back to its roots again, since it featured the same main characters and actors out of the first movie, made back in 2001. It's why some consider this movie to be the one true sequel to the popular first movie.

And it's really a welcome thing that the actors of the first movie reprise their role in this one. As weird as it might sound, I missed Vin Diesel's star power in all of the sequels. The movie benefits from its presence and it uplifts the movie. The movie feels better balanced out with his presence and it for instance also makes the Paul Walker character work out better, as compared to his role in "2 Fast 2 Furious".

But it still also actually differs from the first movie as well. You could say that with this entry the series matured more. All of the previous 'Fast and the Furious' movies were made for boys who wanted to be man but this movie is actually for man who are truly man already.

It's still a movie with fast cars but the racing aspect gets pushed somewhat to the background. There is actually a story this time around, that involves plenty of action. Not that the story is much good or interesting but it at least makes this movie different from the other ones and in my opinion also better to enjoy.

And yes, it really is the action that foremost make this movie such a good and entertaining one to watch. In the previous movie I had a hard time figuring out what was going on half of the time during the races but all of the car scenes in this movie and its action just in general are shot really well and the movie is filled with some spectacular stuff. It's still dumb and big all but it at least is all being brought in an entertaining package.

It makes me hopeful for "Fast Five".

6/10

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About Frank Veenstra

Watches movies...writes about them...and that's it for now.
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