Ex-con Jensen Ames is forced by the warden of a notorious prison to compete in our post-industrial world's most popular sport: a car race in which inmates must brutalize and kill one another on the road to victory.
Frank Martin puts the driving gloves on to deliver Valentina, the kidnapped daughter of a Ukranian government official, from Marseilles to Odessa on the Black Sea. En route, he has to contend with thugs who want to intercept Valentina's safe delivery and not let his personal feelings get in the way of his dangerous objective.
Los Angeles street racer Dominic Toretto falls under the suspicion of the LAPD as a string of high-speed electronics truck robberies rocks the area. Brian O'Connor, an officer of the LAPD, joins the ranks of Toretto's highly skilled racing crew undercover to convict Toretto. However, O'Connor finds himself both enamored with this new world and in love with Toretto's sister, Mia. As a rival racing crew gains strength, O'Connor must decide where his loyalties really lie. Written by
There are over 15,000 individual sound effects in the first street race. See more »
The police scanner mounted on the dash on one of the "lookout" cars during the street race is an early-'80s Radio Shack Patrolman scanner which is not capable of receiving the current 800mhz digital trunking system currently used by L.A.P.D. and L.A. County Sheriff. See more »
On some prints, after the credits, there is a brief epilogue showing Dominic's fate. He is shown, driving alone in a red Chevelle with black racing stripes, on a desolate road by the coast in Baja, Mexico. He narrates about his life 'I live my life quarter a mile at a time ...'. See more »
Good Life (Remix)
Written by Faith Evans, Rasheem Pugh, Tamy Lester Smith, August Moon, Tyrone Thomas
Performed by Faith Evans, Ja Rule, Vita and Caddillac Tah
Faith Evans appears courtesy of Bad Boy Entertainment
Ja Rule appears courtesy of Murder Inc./Def Jam Records
Vita and Caddillac Tah appear courtesy of Murder Inc. Records
Contains a sample from "Seven Minutes Of Funk"
Performed by The Whole Darn Family
Courtesy of Amherst Records, Inc. See more »
This is a great movie. Far from being superficial pulp, this movie has a complex plot. Vin Diesel's performance is tremendous; his screen presence is dominating. He succeeds in carrying the movie. Although the movie contains lots of glitz, it also tells a story that deals with themes such as loyalty and betrayal. The rest of the cast is excellent too, especially Jordana Brewster and Paul Walker. Michelle Rodriguez is as usual wonderful. It would be easy to dismiss this movie as being little more than a live action cartoon, but the movie really is full of surprises. It has several intensely dramatic scenes, some of the most incredible car chase scenes, and some deeply esoteric verbal exchanges fraught with emotion. Whether it's Vin Diesel pouting or Paul Walker being heroic, the results are same: nonstop action, intense dialog, and interesting characters, all of which together produce great entertainment. It's more than just about automobiles.
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