The Fast and Furious Final Send Off and Perfect Tribute
One Of The Many Iconic Cars
American Actor, born Paul William Walker IV was born on September 12 1973. He started in many movies, television programmes, adverts and even starred in a few music videos.
He was the blonde hair, blue eyed, heart throb with the cheeky smile that won the hearts of everyone. His most famous role was playing Brian O'Conner in the Fast and Furious movies. Not only did he have fans because of acting career but also for his compassion and charitable work he has done over the years.
It comes to no surprise but he was an avid car enthusiast. The relationships built from the Fast and Furious crew proved more than friendship. He became best friends with Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson; they bonded so closely that they to this day consider him as their brother. The cast did become a family; the loyalty and general family bond they share on screen became apparent off screen too.
The news on November 30th 2013, devastated the world; it' hard to imagine just how hard it must of got to his family (blood and bonded). It was announced that Paul Walker was a passenger in his friends car, which had crashed and burst into flames. The world went silent, with hopes of it being a hoax or terrible mistake because he was such a much loved man and had many plans in the future. This accident happened in the middle of filming Fast and Furious 7; which meant the film was put on hold as no one knew just how the story would go, how it would end, what to do about Brian O'Conner.
A year later, Vin Diesel spoke up about the film, and how it would be released in the Spring of 2015. His interviews always got emotional because that accident didn't just cause him to lose his co-star of 15 years, but his best friend; his brother. Many of the other cast members put things up on social media sites, but never like Diesel does; any videos you see him speak about Paul himself, gets him choked up (which make my eyes well up). Raw emotion comes through about how much everyone cared for Paul and how they all miss him and will never forget him.
Where it all began...
If you are already a fan of the movies, you wont need me to tell you how excited I am about Furious 7 being released today (April 3rd 2015). However, if you haven't seen any of the films; why not? better yet why are you reading this? If you are curious about the movies and wanting to know more then feel free to carry on reading.
Like any other film that has been successful over the years, there has been many films following on the original. That is exactly what The Fast and Furious was, an original; it set the mark for what was to follow in the next 14 years. Like many fans who collect the merchandise, my husband collects all of the model cars, from the small Hot Wheels collection, to the 1:18 scale diecast models; all of which sit pride of place, on display in his glass cabinet. The usual selection of posters are available, but out on the xbox (one and 360) you can get the Fast and Furious game for free! It's part of Forza Horizon 2 and gives you the opportunity to drive around in the infamous iconic cars, getting directed from the one and only Tech Guy (Tej)- best of all you can do this with your friends too!!
The films may not be in order, but once you have watched them all you will understand how they all play a part in the bigger picture!
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Introduced a movie filled with cars, action,laughs, love and the beginning of a truly remarkable on-screen bond between two men. Dominic Toretto and Brian O'Conner; played by Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker; this relationship may have started as just good friends off and on screen, soon it became a brotherly bond. Who could resist their smiles and fearless attitudes?
This film, set in motion what would become one of the most successful movie collections of all time. There are many lines, scenes, cars and actors that leave an unforgettable impression on each person. You have the heart-throbs, the high-octane races, edge-of-seat action, the romantic relationships, modifications made to cars that weren't just decals and change of exhaust tip. The market for modded cars with the neon lights, decals, flames etc were not a new sensation created by the movie, but it did give a didn't persona to the concept. It wasn't just for "boy racers", chicks and the more mature guys can get away with it too!
Like other iconic car films, The Fast and Furious is no different; the most memorable cars from this film has to be: Dodge Charger; Honda S2000; Toyota MR2; Mitsubishi Eclipse; Ferrari F355 Spider; Ford F-150 SVT Lightning; Toyota Supra MK IV; Honda Prelude; 1993 Mazda RX-7; Nissan Skyline GT-R and many many others you will notice!
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Brought Brian O'Conner's character in another light, it also brought us other important people including the ever funny Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris) and Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes). With more action, cars and bonding; it gave Paul Walker's character a chance to expand from where he had left off in the last movie. With similar cars as the first edition; except this time they have a different paint job; the drivers and their motives arenpacked with a different ability and attitude. O'Conner is a little older, a little wiser and just that little bit faster. He's learnt his lesson and can only continue to get better.
The Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift (2006)
This introduced new characters in a different setting, and doing what the title says Drifting and not racing down a quarter mile. I personally like and dislike this film as a movie on it's own, but as part of the trilogy at the time I only cared for Han (Sung Kang) not to forget the cameo appearance from Vin Diesel giving us hope that the series doesn't end with this but there is hope for a better fourth edition! When I binge watch the collection, I tend to skip this one; don't get me wrong I think the soundtrack is fun, and the cars are nice but I think the story was too predictable and I wasn't to keen on how the story was set. With that in mind, you have to watch the film to understand some of the dialogue said in the other movies to come.
Fast and Furious (2009)
Bringing back the much loved main characters from the original film and their muscle, tuner and exotic cars. Jam packed with more action, engine reving and trusted partnerships. This was truly the beginning of what was soon to be a high energy, skilled and exhilarating family; off and on screen.
This was set after 2 Fast 2 Furious, and I personally felt like they were going back to their original concept; with a bigger budget and were taking no prisoners!
Fast Five (2011)
This film Kicks Butt! With the return of the original cast, with additions from 2 Fast 2 Furious and bringing in a new promising character Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). A guaranteed action packed, adrenaline fuelled movie! What better line up and scenario could you think of that would feature The Rock and Vin Diesel?? It's got the cars, it's got the guns (more ways than one), it's got the action and great story line. What else could you ask for?
Fast and Furious 6 (2013)
With the cast from Fast Five, the action continues in this sequel. A few more twists and turns in the story; all of which add the vast web of relationships within the storyline! The cars and action go hand in hand with the love and laughs; another epic Fast and Furious!
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Fast and Furious 7 (2015)
All I can say is wow! I was dubious about going to see this because of what had happened, and I really wasn't sure how the story would progress. As expected though; all the things you look for in a Fast in Furious film was there! You will laugh, you will cry and you will see how thought-out the film is; the emotion between all the actors are real.
It truly is a great film and the perfect send off for the much loved and ever missed Paul Walker. If you didn't go today, then I urge you to do so as soon as possible; you won't be disappointed.
Which Of the films is your favourite?
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