"Fast and Furious" Trailer and Details

fastandfurious1.jpgThe trailer for the fourth Fast and Furious movie, this time simply called Fast and Furious, is playing in theaters right now before Death Race. While it has yet to be released online (even the series' official site is still the Tokyo Drift website), bootleg trailers are already hitting the web. The better known vid has some really, really crappy song dubbing over the sound, so I'm not going to post it here. Instead, I found one that, although cut off at the sides, at least still has the sound from the trailer intact.

UPDATE: I've replaced it with the official trailer.

I'll be completely honest, I'm kind of looking forward to it. Despite this wholly generic and unimpressive trailer, this movie has two things going for it: Vin Diesel and Justin Lin. I'm not a fan of the original Point Break rip-off, but it was made tolerable to sit through by Vin Diesel's natural gruff charm (I can't help it, I love the dude). 2 Fast 2 Furious was a wretched dreck worthy of its equally shitty title and the one make me realize that life is too short to keep watching terrible racing movies. Then one day I caught Tokyo Drift on HBO and was pleasantly surprised to find that it was better than the other two, by a large margin. The only truly good Fast and Furious movie and it's the only one I didn't see in theaters. Go figure. I've since seen it a couple more times. So to have Tokyo Drift director Justin Lin team up with Vin... Let's just say there's potential there.

The problem I foresee is that it might play a little too similar to The Fast and the Furious. The four main characters from the first movie are all back, the gang's still up to no good, and Paul Walker is an FBI undercover again. Also, from the looks of the trailer, the desert backdrop evoke of the first movie. "New model, old parts" indeed. They're using Michelle Rodriguez there to make it seem like it's the old gang again, even though she's not going to be in the movie very much.

The script was written by Tokyo Drift writer Chris Morgan, and it takes place between 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift. Spoiler follows: the plot of Fast and Furious kicks in when Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), working undercover for the FBI again, goes after a South American drug lord. At the same time, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) comes out of his 5-year hiding after the events of the first movie upon hearing news that his girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) has been killed by the same drug lord. Reunited at Letty's funeral, Brian and Dom team up to infiltrate the drug lord's gang and bring it to an end. Dom's friend from Tokyo Drift, Han (Sung Kang), is also involved. Whatever happens in the movie, just know that Dom and Han escape with their lives to Japan.

While Rodriguez won't have much play in the film, don't worry because Vin Diesel is directing a 20 minute prequel to the film that will heavily feature Dom, Letty and Han. Tyrese Gibson also has a brief cameo in Fast and Furious as his character from the second movie.

As we are still waiting for the poster, I give you this to calm your nerves:

Aug
24
2008
Arya Ponto • Contributor

As former Editor of JPP, Arya likes to entertain peeps with his thoughts on pop culture, when he's not busy watching Battle Royale for the 200th time. He lives in Brooklyn with a comic book collection that's always the most daunting thing to move with, and writes for Artboiled.com.

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