The ‘Harry Potter’ movie juggernaut screeched to a halt when they ran out of books and Daniel Radcliffe got old enough to spend his millions on a Wilkinson Sword. But the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise looks set to run and run – even after the tragic death in 2013 of its star Paul Walker. Film seven is out this week, and three more are planned. But can you watch all seven in one day and keep hold of your sanity? Teabag in, telly on. Engines revved. We’re off to the races.
‘The Fast and the Furious’ (2001)
The only way to fit seven films in one day is to start at dawn. The first film starts as the series means to go on – with a roar of engines and a screech of tyres. There’s a truck heist underway, but I’m more concerned that the racket will seriously piss off my neighbours.
Paul Walker looks so young, grinning beneath a curly mop like he’s fresh out of the Boy Next Door training academy. What a waste.
And there’s Vin Diesel, not at all fresh-faced. In fact, he looks like a rubbery cartoon penis from a US Army sexual health training film. Ironic, given his initials.
My first car party. Girls in Daisy Dukes, pounding hip hop beats and surly dudes in lowriders doing that bouncy suspension thing.
In a classic display of macho bonding winning out over common sense, Paul the undercover cop lets Vin escape, despite his many crimes. I’d forgotten how good this movie is.