Thursday, August 16, 2012

The Fast and the Furious Cult

Due to the winning streak of box office success of the “Fast and the Furious” film franchise, it now has gained not only worldwide recognition but fame in the pop culture as well. What was intended to be a standalone movie by director Rob Cohen back in the summer of 2001 has turned into a screaming tires, high-octane fuel ride, film series cult that to see it fade away from the movie screens just seems not a very good idea yet. Today hip director Justin Lin has had his hands on the reins since the third installment of the film when he inherited it from John Singleton who did “2 Fast 2 Furious.” 

The third film made $158,468,292, the fourth film grossed to $363,164,265 and the fifth one made $626.1 million in the box office. Universal Studios will not want to walk away from a very salable movie like this one, and in fact they’re already making the sixth installment of it, which is scheduled to be released in theaters next year. The sixth film will reunite the original cast of the movie primarily Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster and the recently deceased (or so they thought) Michelle Rodriguez; it will also bring in new stars like Dwayne Johnson, possibly the lovely Rihanna because there’s a rumor about her appearance in the movie, the Greek God Zeus – Luke Evans – from “The Immortals” movie, mixed martial arts superstar Gina Carano and reprising his role as bad-ass Roman Pearce is Tyrese Gibson.

Although this film series is downright uninteresting to film critics but its potential is just incalculable. The last movie may have forced them to give the movie good reviews for making half a billion dollars in the box office. The fans on the other hand couldn’t give a s@%^ about what the film critics think as long as they see Vin Diesel and Paul Walker drive around in their newly pimped ride, then that’s good enough for them. But the movie isn’t that bad at all, I mean I’ve done a “Fast and the Furious” marathon watching it in DVD and after 10 hours or so I still want to restart the movie marathon again! It’s really a good movie with no boring moments in it, which is basically what fans want.

Among the fans who have built the “Fast and the Furious” cult are millions of teenagers worldwide who enjoys the heavily depicted “rebellious spirit” that most of the characters in the movie are. Some are even real life street racers who knows the technical parts and terminologies shown in the film, while others are race cars enthusiasts, who loves to see new car models on screen. My favorites were the Nissan Skyline GTR, the Toyota Supra, the Ford Mustang GT 2010 and the 2008 Mazda RX-7, and yes I do get wishful thinking sometimes and would also daydream about how fast I can go if ever I was behind the wheel in one of those babies. Well, don’t we all?

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