Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Year : 2001
Tagline: If you have what it takes... You can have it ALL!
Cast overview :
Paul Walker .... Brian O’Conner
Vin Diesel .... Dominic Toretto
Michelle Rodriguez .... Letty
Jordana Brewster .... Mia Toretto
Rick Yune .... Johnny Tran
Chad Lindberg .... Jesse
Johnny Strong .... Leon
Matt Schulze .... Vince
Ted Levine .... Sgt. Tanner
Ja Rule .... Edwin
Vyto Ruginis .... Harry
Thom Barry .... Agent Bilkins
Stanton Rutledge .... Muse
Noel Gugliemi .... Hector (as Noel Guglielmi)
R.J. de Vera .... Danny Yamato (as R.J. De Vera)
Dominic Toretto (Diesel) is the leader of a street racing gang that is under suspicion of hijacking trucks for their cargo of expensive electronic equipment. Undercover cop Brian O’Conner (Walker) attempts to find out who exactly is stealing the equipment by infiltrating the local racing community with the help of a local auto parts dealer, while falling for Dominic’s younger sister Mia (Jordana Brewster).
After O’Conner loses his car to Toretto in a race by racing for "pink slips", a 1950s slang term for the registration documents for a car in the United States, and then loses it again when they are confronted by Toretto’s rival Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), O’Conner tries to gain the trust of Toretto by working on repairing and upgrading a burned out Toyota Supra to hand over to him. While doing this, O’Conner is constantly pressured by his superiors in the LAPD and the FBI to bring the investigation to a satisfactory close, leading him to face a stark choice between the community he has embedded himself into and the woman he has become close to or discarding his cover and discovering who from the street gangs are carrying out the hijackings.
The races are undoubtedly the setpieces of the movie and unfortunately are—by necessity— somewhat formulaic; they are mostly won by one of the racers firing nitrous oxide into the intake manifold at the last moment. The nitrous oxide systems, or NOS, play a big part in the movie, with O’Conner seeing it as vital that his car have more complex and powerful nitrous systems in an attempt to match or beat Toretto. NOS in the movie equally refers to Pennsylvania auto parts manufacturer Holley Motor Company and their NOS™ range of nitrous products or Nitrous Oxide in general.
The film was commercially successful and was, for an action film, reasonably well-received by critics as an enjoyable romp featuring some well-shot action scenes.