Fast & Furious


Review

Fast & Furious (also known as The Fast and the Furious 4 in most international markets, Wild Speed MAX in Japan and Fast & Furious – Solo Parti Originali in Italy) is the fourth film in The Fast and the Furious film series. The film was released in the United States on April 3, 2009. The plot connects with the original film of the series from which Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, and Jordana Brewster reprise their roles.[4][5] The film was directed by Justin Lin, who also directed the third installment of the series, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, and is slated to return for Fast Five.

Plot

Several years after evading authorities in the first film, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his new crew hijack fuel tankers in the Dominican Republic. The crew consists of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Rico (Don Omar), Tego (Tego Calderón) and Han Lue (Sung Kang). After the heist, Dominic believes that the trail is too hot and tells Han that is time for him “to do his own thing”. Dom subsequently leaves Letty to go elsewhere for her own good when the heat comes down. While he is in Panama City, Toretto gets a call from his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster), who tells him that Letty has been murdered. Dom heads back to Los Angeles and examines the site of the car crash that Letty was in and finds traces of nitromethane. Toretto then goes to the only car mechanic that uses nitromethane and coerces him into giving him the name David Park, the man who ordered the fuel.

Meanwhile, FBI agent Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) is trying to track down a drug dealer named Arturo Braga (John Ortiz). His search leads him to David Park. Toretto arrives at Park’s apartment first and hangs him out of the window by his ankles before letting go. Brian, who was also on his way to Park’s place, saves Park, who becomes the FBI’s new informant. Park gets Brian into a street race through Los Angeles; the winner will become the last driver on a team that traffics heroin between the United States-Mexico border for Braga. Brian selects a modified Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 from the police impound lot to race. Toretto also shows up to race with his modified 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS. Toretto beats Brian in the race by bumping him, sending him out of control. Brian then uses his power as an FBI agent to arrest another driver and takes his place on the team.

The day after, the team meets Fenix Calderon (Laz Alonso), one of Braga’s men. Toretto discovers that it was Fenix was the one who murdered Letty after seeing that his 1972 Ford Gran Torino runs on nitromethane. They drive across the border, using underground tunnels to avoid detection. Upon their arrival at the destination site, Toretto, who senses that something is wrong, rigs his Chevelle to explode by unscrewing a tube that connects to his car’s nitrous oxide tank and priming the car’s cigarette lighter. After a tense stand-off, the Chevelle detonates and destroys all of the cars, distracting Braga’s men long enough for Brian to hijack a Hummer H1 with USD $60 million worth of heroin. Both men drive back to Los Angeles and hide the heroin in a police impound lot. The next day, Brian tells his superiors that he can lure Braga into a trap, forcing him to personally show up to exchange money for the heroin, so that the police and FBI can arrest him. He says he will do this if they will pardon Toretto. At the drop site, however, the man who claims to be Braga is a decoy and the real Braga escapes and flees to Mexico. Meanwhile, during the shootout, Toretto saves Braga’s liaison Gisele Harabo (Gal Gadot) as he and Brian bail out. The duo then park the Hummer inside a police impound and pick up a Subaru Impreza WRX STI before rendezvousing with Mia at a house outside the city.

At the house, Toretto looks through Letty’s personal effects collected at the murder site and dials the last number called on her cellphone, only to discover that it is Brian’s. Brian explains that Letty went to him and volunteered to go undercover as one of Braga’s drivers in exchange for Toretto’s freedom. It was during the mission that she discovered that Braga has all of the drivers executed after each delivery. She fled back to Los Angeles, where she crashed during a chase and was gunned down by Fenix.

Using information given by Gisele, Brian and Toretto head out to Mexico on their own to go after Braga. They find him at a church and apprehend him. As Braga’s henchmen come down to rescue their leader, Brian and Dom drive through the underground tunnels back to the U.S. During the final moments of the chase, Brian is injured after being T-boned by Fenix at the end of the tunnel. Before Fenix can kill Brian, Toretto drives out of the tunnel and runs into Fenix, killing him instantly. As police and helicopters start streaming to the crash site on the U.S. side, Brian tells Toretto to get out of there. Toretto, however, says he is tired of running.

Days later, at a court hearing, the judge sentences Toretto to 25 years to life for all of his crimes, despite Brian’s request for clemency. As Toretto is being transported to Lompoc penitentiary, Brian and Mia, along with Rico and Tego, are seen catching up to the bus, presumably to free him.

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