Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is back! After eight years in his hideout abroad he seeks out the murderer of his friend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), who is also chased after by undercover cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker). Excellent sequel with all leading actors of the first instalment, fast cars and tons of action!
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) spent the last eight years with his girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) in Central America, recently in Dominican Republic, out of reach of the US police. But his pursuers get more and more on tracks of the criminal. This does not only threaten his own safety, but that of his whole gang. In order to protect his dearest, Dom skives off secretly, leaving Letty and his comrades behind.
But soon after Dom learns from his sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) that his plan did not work out and that Letty has been killed in Los Angeles. Dom enters the United States unnoticed by the authorities and watches the funeral from afar, for the police observe Mia's environment after Letty's death. At the crash site Dom finds clues to her murderer and keeps track of him.
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is back!
Trailing, Dom crosses the path of LAPD cop Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), who let Dom escape eight years ago. Brian wants to arrest drug baron Antonio Braga, who smuggles vast quantities of heroine over the border with the help of top drivers.
A competition flares up between Brian and Dom, for Braga's commander Campos (John Ortiz) is looking for one driver only. Both men try to win the race through Downtown L.A. to be admitted to Braga's team and by this get at the boss.
Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) and Dominic's sister Mia (Jordana Brewster).
The action hit "The Fast and the Furious" was Vin Diesel's break-through in 2001, but he turned his back on the two sequels "2 Fast 2 Furious" und "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" because the fee he demanded was to high?
That's right, but with his cameo in part 3 Diesel showed his Fast & Furious fans that he wasn't averse to a comeback. Paul Walker had starred in part 2, but part 3 was transplanted to Tokyo without him. For "Fast & Furious" the best on-screen team (MTV Award 2002) could be mustered again. But this time Diesel also acts as a producer at the side of Neal H. Moritz, who produced all instalments, in order to have more influence on the realization of the film.
Director Justin Lin, screenwriter Chris Morgan and composer Brian Tyler should be adequately known to the fan community for their work on "Tokyo Drift", Morgan additionally for his screenplay for the action thriller "Wanted".
Has part 4 become a poor imitation of the first film due to so much experience and good will? To the contrary "Fast & Furious" is a clever sequel, which revisits topics of the first instalment and carries them forward. Although the story is redolent of Diesel's retaliation film "A Man Apart", Walker's character, the police officer O'Conner, is the balancing moral instance at the side of anti-hero Toretto.
Nevertheless, the well-written script is certainly nothing else than a good excuse for wild chases and action-packed car races, in which the hottest cars in the world star. Fortunately, cameraman Amir Mokri used the nerve-rackingly shaky hand-held camera (like in "Bad Boys II") in only one sequence. The remainder of the action scenes are quite steady and promise enjoyment of the spectacle of speed. Naturally, as in any good automobile catalogue, curvaceous women are not wanting.
"Fast & Furious" is an extremely well-balanced action movie, in which character development and values (despite the criminal context) don't get a raw deal.