'Fast & Furious': What's the best car sequence? (MILD SPOILER ALERT)

Fastfuriouspaul_lIf you went to see Fast & Furious last night, chances are you were looking for one thing in particular. Not nuanced acting. Not tear-jerking drama. Certainly not witty banter (I’m pretty sure you could fit the whole of the movie’s dialogue on a napkin). Nope, you wanted automotive action, pure and simple — and the faster the better.

The best part of the F&F franchise (as noted by our very own Lisa Schwarzbaum in her B+ review) is that it’s more than happy to oblige. The fourth movie in the series is nearly wall-to-wall action sequences, but personally, nothing had me on the edge of my seat like the very first scene. Set on a two-lane road in the desert, the sequence is a maximum-speed heist that shifts the movie into high gear before the opening credits even roll. Sure, the subterranean chases later on are fun and claustrophobic. And the GPS-guided street race plays like Grand Theft Auto on overdrive. But there’s something about the sheer craziness of that first number — the whip-turns, the kamakaze swerves, the last-second saves — that the others just couldn’t match. It wasn’t just a car chase; it was a burnt-rubber ballet.

So, PopWatchers, which was your favorite car sequence, and how does it compare to the best parts of F&F movies past?

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  • Amy

    I agree, the first scene had me on the edge of my seat with my mouth agape and eyes half covered. The entire moving was amazing, maybe even better than the first.

  • Meghan

    It’s a toss up between the opening and the GPS. Would have loved to watch it on an IMax size screen for greater effect. The vertigo would have increased dramatically.

  • Nihilistic

    Considering this column has been up for more than a day now, I’ll say most PopWatchers did the intelligent thing, unlike the rest of America it appears, and steered far clear of this car-wreck. I think that speaks volumes on the intelligence quotient around here. Too bad we can’t say the same for you, Markovitz.

  • Kat

    Nihilistic, sometimes people just need to see sh*t blow up. So, why don’t you get off your high horse and try enjoying yourself every now and again?

  • Nihilistic

    Kat, my PopWatching friend, I’ve enjoyed myself immensely at the movies lately, gleefully indulging in such marvelous films as Milk, The Reader, The Class, The Wrestler, Hunger, Gomorrah, Rachel Getting Married and yes, even more light-hearted, mass-appealing affair such as The Watchmen and I Love You, Man. My point, which it appears you missed completely, was that this particular movie “Fast and the Furious” was derivative tripe the likes of which many of our PopWatching brethren seemed to have avoided, quite wisely, at any and all costs. That is if you take this total ghost-town of a comments section as any indication of the msss rebuke we as a community have impugned upon this abysmal, derivative cluster-f*ck of a movie. But I respect your comments and the freedom you have to make them, as awry and baseless they unfortunately are.

  • Crystal

    I’ve gotta say I liked the GPS race the best. All of the tunnel sequences made this claustrophobic VERY uneasy.
    As for all the F&F films, I enjoy the Toyko Drift sequences that they actually filmed in Tokyo the best – they have great mise en scène.

  • Hollie

    I love this movie. Its a giant thrill ride and leaves you wanting more. Hopefully they give us more with a 5th fast and furious. Who wants more….I DO!!!! anybody else?

  • nihilistic

    i am gay and my fave movie evur is Milky

  • monica

    yeah i know, it was alright, but it’s my least favorite of the four. car porn shouldn’t be about revenge. lame.

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