The Fast and the Furious : Tokyo Drift is Universal Studios' latest installment in the Fast and the Furious street racing flick series.
Thanks to Bikeland's own Maddog I had a chance to sit in on a sneak preview Wednesday night. The film follows the bad boy character Sean Boswell (played by Lucas Black) who is in so much trouble with his local PoPo that he is sent off to Tokyo to live with his father or risk going to jail. Black's character, and the majority of the other characters in this film are supposed to be high school students heavy into the underground street racing scene - the only problem is that this doesn't translate to the big screen as the 24 year old Black looks more like he's in his mid 30's and not a 16 year old schoolboy punk.
Either way the cheeseball script provides a few minor chuckles, but mostly groans, especially from scenes detailing the character development of Black's on screen sweetheart "Neela", played by Nathalie Kelley. Black and Kelley share a romantic bonding moment about "drifting", and what it used to be like to "drift" when all Kelley wanted to do was get away and "drift". Painful as the scene was, it was safe to say that nobody in the audience was there to appreciate either the script or the acting.
Of course in Hollywood, where problems are usually solved by things like having break-dancing competitions or rap-battles instead of court cases and fist fights, problems in this flick are solved in the only way possible in the Fast and the Furious world... by Racing. Like the previous Fast and the Furious installments, the film is packed full of action, racing and stunts sure to be duplicated by countless fools on our public roads. Combined with slick cinematography, the stunning backdrop of Tokyo's street scene and tons of tricked out Ricers, the film has no problem drawing you in and keeping you glued to your seat.
The basis of the film is the art of "drifting" or cornering your car flat track style. Entertaining to watch, the film will easily up your driving aggression level from the moment you leave the parking lot.
Is it a good thing that we have movies like this being made? Well, if you're in law enforcement - probably not. If you have a heavy gas pedal foot you'll think it was a great idea!
The hard hitting sound track and the amazing driving sequences make this film worth checking out. Just remember to leave your brain at the front door - you wont need it for the next hour and a half of your life.
The Fast and the Furious : Tokyo Drift opens nationwide in a theater near you Friday, June 16, 2006.
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