So I’m sitting at my favorite “Greasy Spoon” diner yesterday eating breakfast and nursing a hangover, when a bus rolls by. On the side of the bus is an advertisement for the upcoming movie
“The Fast And The Furious 2”. (anyone else see the irony here?) This got me to thinking about the first movie, which I had only seen once, and quite awhile ago. The movie raised a number of troubling questions. Perhaps some of you can clear them up.
First, in watching this movie, one thing was crystal clear: this was the ultimate “Rice Rocket” picture (featuring only ‘souped up’ Hondas, Nissans, Mitsubishi’s, etc. i.e. IMPORTS only, see http://www.anti-rice.com
). I do not recall from seeing this picture, any of the so-called American Muscle cars being featured. If the movie was about “speed” and racing, I just had to wonder why. Was the lack of-say ’69 Chargers due to any of the following:
Is it because that, despite all of the work being done to these Hondas, that a Muscle car will still “smoke” a Honda-and-thus-make the Rice Rockets look bad?
Is it because “Rice Rockets”, that rely heavily on graphics, wings, rims, tachometers, etc are what appeal more to what was presumably this movies target audience (i.e. 16-25 year olds) and that Muscle Cars are passé to the younger crowd?
Is it a safe assumption that plastic, fiberglass, nitrous, and graphics are “in” and steel, chrome, and raw horsepower are “out”?
In the course of the movie, one of the sub-plots involved the hijacking of big rigs and stealing the cargo to pay for the cars. Was this movie a sort of “stab” at truck drivers for being ‘slow’?
Why was the truck driver who pulled out a rifle and started shooting at the would-be hijackers portrayed as the “bad guy”?
Why would you attempt to run a truck off the road in a Honda? A Honda versus a Freightliner would be like a Styrofoam cup under a 500 pound mans shoe!
Why was it, that when they were being shot at, they didn’t back off? Knowing that they were unarmed, why did they continue to carry out the hijacking?
Most people don’t like “Ricers” to begin with. Most people see them as obnoxious, resent the fact that they drive those loud mufflers at 65 down a residential street at 2 in the morning, hate the loud music, and people that know how cars work know that making a car LOOK fast does not MAKE it fast. Clearly, this movie did nothing to improve the perception that many people have of the underground racing world, what with the connections to organized crime and such.
As a movie, it had all the criteria need to be “successful”: A flimsy, meaningless plot (which, incidentally almost mirrors that of the 1991 movie
“Point Break”), a lot of eye candy, and little intellectual depth.
So I definitely thought it was kind of silly.
And now they’re doing it again?