Review Date: June 20, 2001
Director: Rob Cohen
Writer: G. Thompson, E. Bergquist, D. Ayer
Producers: Neil H. Moritz
Seriously though, I dug the whole "street racing" underworld thang with the bets, the pink slips, the gang mentalities and the NOS, baby...the NOS!! (you'll get what I mean when you see the movie...ooooooh yeah!!) But I can't complete my positive review of this film without discussing the man who kept the fort down in this picture. A man whose name alone scares the shit out of people and here he is, in all of his glory, skinned to the head, buffed to the tank-top and ready to charm the pants out of anyone who isn't a fan of his already...the one, the only...Vin Diesel! By the way, if you're not a fan of his yet, watch this movie twice and call me in the morning. Okay, so maybe I'm exaggerating just a little bit, but Vin really did punch in yet another solid acting card here and certainly lifted the lesser talents of his surrounding players to a higher level. Sure, Michelle Rodriguez was also pretty good as the tough girlfriend with the attitude and some of the lines that these poor saps had to deliver were just awful, but all in all, I was still quite interested in most of the plights of these characters, and God knows, the stunts and car chases kept me rockin', so what else can I tell you...the movie entertained me, dammit!! I also liked the ending, some of the humor elements strung throughout the film, the camera tricks that Mr. Rob Cohen surprised me with and the scene where the two girls were making out at a party...oops, but that's another story altogether.
Actually, Dr. Drew, who joined me at this screening, noted that this film might've worked better if things had been moved into the world of the R-rating, and I must say that I agree with the man (he liked the film too, btw). A few swear words here and there, some gratuitous nudity and some of the "old ultra-violence" might've propelled this film directly into popcorn summer movie heaven, but alas, the film was still rock solid cheesy fun despite that. And by the way, I'm not "into cars" myself, in case you were interested, but damn, some of the stuff in this movie was just nitro without the seatbelts. So grab a cold beer, pump up your pecs before walking into the theater and don't forget to drop your brain off at the entrance. NOS, baby!! Oh yeah, and did I mention that Vin Diesel rocks!