Thursday, April 17, 2014
"The Fast and the Furious" showed a younger Paul Walker in his passion
I rented “The Fast and the Furious” (2001, directed by Rob Cohen) recently, after Paul Walker’s accidental passing, as this film, shot when he was about 28 and looked very youthful, shows him playing at his passions.
The story is a bit contrived. Vin Diesel plays Dominic Torettp, an LAPD officer under suspicion after a bunch of truck-jackings and electronics robberies (in the days before cell phones were so vulnerable). Paul Walker plays Brian O’Conner, hired to work undercover. There is a subplot in which Brian falls for Dominc’s sister (Jordana Brewster).
The film has what you would expect, plenty of car chases and drag races and shotgun shootouts, with a race to beat an approaching freight train. The DVD even starts with a disclaimer from Paul not to imitate the stunts.
The film has a brief epilogue in Baja where Diesel’s character previews his next life. Most of the film is shot around Long Beach.