Third time's a charm for `The Fast and the Furious'

Review B+


Macho camp comes back with a roar in The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the third and best entry in the series that really should have been called Speed. The characters may burn kilos of gas and waste tons of steel and rubber, but the fuel for the movie is 100-proof testosterone. The opening half-hour may prove to be a disreputable classic of pedal-to-the-metal filmmaking.

It introduces us to Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) as a road demon from the wrong side of the freeway who takes on the pompous quarterback of his Southern California high school's football team in a race through a semibuilt housing development. In a typical hormone-crazy touch, the quarterback's girlfriend offers to be the winner's prize. And the guys accept. The action is an ideal combination for phallic melodrama: both swift and over-the-top - sometimes literally, as Sean dashes his souped-up old muscle car straight through the frame of a home and sends his competitor's $80,000 sports car tumbling.

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (Universal Pictures) Starring Lucas Black and Bow Wow. Directed by Justin Lin. Rated PG-13. Time 105 minutes.

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