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The disconcertingly but finally happy surprise of the picture comes with the way it persuades you to its perverse point of view.
There's some undeniable appeal to watching a well-oiled, built-for-speed machine operating with its pedal to the metal.
New York Times:
Such a drag that it ends up doing something hard to imagine: it makes you long for the soulless professionalism of a Jerry Bruckheimer movie.
While few of the paper-thin characters register long enough to make much of an impression, Diesel carries the movie with his unsettling mix of Zen-like tranquillity and barely controlled rage.
The narrative takes a gutless turn and replaces the central (and exciting) conflict with a whole different set of villains.
The guys in F & F are all wusses. Lara Croft and Charlie's Angels could kick all of their asses.
Returning the series to solid ground after 2 Fast 2 Furious leaned too heavily on cartoonish CGI effects, Tokyo Drift relies on old-fashioned stunt work that gives its best sequences a sense of brute physicality.
Los Angeles Times:
An action picture that's surprising in the complexity of its key characters and portents of tragedy.
These gear-heads may spout car-talk like know-it-alls, but they sound no less nerdy than trivia-obsessed Trekkers.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com),
Screenwriters Gary Scott Thompson, Erik Bergquist, and David Ayer haven't really written a movie, they've followed a formula.
Breathes life and fire -- and fury -- into the old hot-rod movie.
Guilt-free pleasure, the sort that wears its trashiness on its sleeve and exults in it.
This movie has 'guilty pleasure' written all over it.
It delivers what it promises to deliver, and knows that a chase scene is supposed to be about something more than special effects.
May not have much of a brain, but it's definitely got a pulse.
It doesn't matter that we know where it's going, what counts is that Cohen keeps his pedal to the floor and that his actors gun their lines with absolute conviction. Loud cars, fast music: this movie knows exactly what it's about.
Cohen ... at least knows how to keep matters moving and the action sequences exciting.
A gritty and gratifying cheap thrill, Rob Cohen's high-octane hot-car meller is a true rarity these days, a really good exploitationer, the sort of thing that would rule at drive-ins if they still existed.
Even those who've never heard of 'rice rockets' (Japanese imports souped up with computerized hydraulics and customized engines) might be charmed by the film's blend of kineticism, car-culture rituals, and hilariously flat-footed dialogue.
Diesel, Brewster and Rodriguez have undeniable charisma, while Walker is serviceable in his role.