Ex-cop and street-racer Brian (Paul Walker
) is recruited into an F.B.I. mission to take down the crime boss Verone (Cole Hauser
) - he teams up with ex-best friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson
) and undercover agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes
) aswell as help from street-racing experts Suki (Devon Aoki
) and Tej (Ludacris
) to help clean their criminal records and bring the shady Verone down.
Bad (yes, starting with the bad. you'll see why)
Well, where to begin? - The script was absolutely terrible. The whole movie is packed full of terrible dialogue, cheesy one liners and irrelevant conversations that are just plain awkward. I couldn't even use the car-races to escape from the train-wreck that was the scripting, since the drivers decided to give us a running commentary in the form of unrealistic, cheese-filled one liners which the actors themselves didn't even feel comfortable saying. The acting is bad, Paul Walker, Eva Mendes, Devon Aoki and especially Ludacris are completely unconvincing and Mendes just seems to pout and over-act through her scenes.
Aside from that big bad paragraph, the movie did manage to be entertaining. It was obvious they were focusing entirely on the action/racing scenes of the cars and not caring for the plot. Which they pulled off. The car-scenes were heavily featured in a relevant way and not just for the sake of it, They were flashy, stylish and very much high-octane which gave the audience a huge thrill ride, the way camera's are used in those scenes were impressive. Tyrese Gibson was probably the only actor that was any good. Aoki and Mendes also make good on-screen eye candy for the guys, just sayin'.
This is just one big car-crash through out. From a reviewing point of view nearly everything is a disaster: the cheesy mindless script and the not-so-impressive-and-unconvincing acting just makes it worse. But strangely enough, I was pretty much entertained, the stylish car scenes nearly made up for all that bad-stuff.