That's pretty much all there is to "Fast & Furious," essentially a remake of the 2001 hit "The Fast and the Furious" with the same cast, except it seems to exist in some parallel universe where the word "the" no longer exists. It also seems to function outside of logic, cohesive plot structure and the laws of gravity, but hey — this being the fourth film in the street-racing series, such niceties have long since been tossed out the window and run over repeatedly.
Justin Lin, who also directed part three, 2006's "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," piles on the mind-bogglingly elaborate chase scenes and set pieces. (The opening, in which our rebellious heroes attempt to steal fuel from a speeding tanker truck, is admittedly a doozy.) But you've seen a lot of these sorts of stunts in the previous movies — and heard the same kind of cheesy dialogue — so it's strange to witness how seriously "Fast & Furious" takes itself, like it's reinventing the 19-inch wheel or something.
Snarling bad guys, women who pout beautifully and, of course, a wide array of brightly hued, wildly souped-up cars — but not an ounce of creativity or grace. The fact it's so repetitive only magnifies how little this latest installment has to offer.
What's the movie about, you ask? Well, not that it matters, but Diesel's fugitive ex-con Dom Toretto is back in Los Angeles and out for revenge.
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"FAST AND FURIOUS"
Rating: PG-13 (Intense sequences of violence and action, some sexual content, language and drug references)
Running time: 1:39
Starring: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster.