The Fast and the Furious franchise has stepped up it’s game in the fourth installment of the film simply by going back to what made it popular in the first place. Pretty actors and fast cars.

Although it has been about 10 years since the first movie came out, the storyline in F&F takes place 5 years after Brian handed the keys to Dom at the end of the first movie. In a strange set of coincidences, both Dom and Brian find themselves, once again, on the opposite ends of the law. Brian is back to working at an FBI agency, working to infiltrate an underground drug dealer that he believes has ties to racers. While Dom is simply searching for some revenge. I won’t throw any spoilers at you, so let’s just say the story continues to fold apart from there.

The thing I love about F&F is that it brought back all of the main characters from the first movie, and I think this will be the main selling point for this film. As a “fan” of the franchise, I was pretty excited to see the preview with Vin and Paul coming back. I loved the first movie when I was a kid, and it was just good to see all the gang come back. The second film just wasn’t the same without him, and to be honest, I never saw “Tokyo Drift.” Mainly because they no longer had the original cast.

This series has most deffinitely evolved, no longer do they completey rely on street races and cool car CSI graphics, don’t get me wrong, those are still there, and there is plenty in there for the hardcore F&F fans, but now they actually throw a little more story into it. We finally have some closure to the events from the first movie, which is nice to see. They also leave us with a quick ending that just begs for another sequal. Another nice thing about having all the characters back is that we get to see a little more of who they are, and how the last 5 years have treated them.

I am sure if you give this movie a try, you will enjoy it. I would recommend it to any fan of the franchise, and any action fan in general. After watching F&F I am confident that if the same cast sticks on, this franchise is still worth a couple more movies. I always had the impression that Vin didn’t come back for the first sequal because he felt he had bigger and better movies to move on to. Now that he, and everyone else knows that this isn’t the case, I think he will be back again without question…..unless, of course, “The Pacifier 2” is in the works.