2001 Running time: 107 Certificate: 15 Rating: 3

Synopsis

Tyre-squealing blockbuster starring Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto, the street-racing rogue who lures Paul Walker's undercover cop into a world of fast cars, fast women and highway robbery. Action queen Michelle Rodriguez rides shotgun as Dominic's firebrand girlfriend, but the real stars are the souped-up rides that burn up the road. Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines...

Director

  • Rob Cohen

Cast

  • Vin Diesel

  • Paul Walker

  • Michelle Rodriguez

  • Jordana Brewster

Review

A surprise hit in the US, this lower budget caper made back its production cost in its first weekend on release.

Paul Walker plays undercover cop Brian, posing as a good-looking young boy racer, who gets in with Dom (Vin Diesel) and his street-racing gang.

Dom's gang are up to no good, targeting lorries on the LA docks and stealing their loads in fast-paced raids.

The FBI have fixed Brian up with a fake past which gradually begins to unravel as he starts to go native with the very people he is expected to expose.

His loyalties are further tested when he develops a crush on the gang leader's sister Mia (Jordana Brewster).

Diesel has great presence and can make the most of even the weakest lines while Walker is on the money as a straight-shooter tempted off the rails.

Direction is strong and Rob Cohen has an unpretentious and visual style that delivers energy on screen without falling back on expensive digital effects.