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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 36min)
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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)
Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Universal Pictures, Original Film, Relativity Media
Distribution (US): Universal Pictures
Director(s): Justin Lin
Producer(s): Amanda Cohen, Ryan Kavanaugh, Neal H. Moritz, Clayton Townsend
Written by: Chris Morgan
Screenplay: Alfredo Botello, Chris Morgan, Kario Salem
Cinematography/Camera: Stephen F. Windon
Music: Brian Tyler
Film Editing: Fred Raskin
Casting: Sarah Finn, Randi Hiller
Production Design: Ida Random
Art Direction: Tom Reta
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Just as it was following the teen barrage after 2Fast 2Furious in 2003, one could hear car tires squalling for miles following this newest installment in the Fast & Furious franchise. And teens so often claim to be too intelligent to let films influence them.
I am not going to spend any significant amount of time preparing a Summary/Commentary for this film since it is nearly a carbon copy of the 2Fast 2Furious film of 2003 except this 2006 version is set in Tokyo. And this 2006 version is as "R-13" as the 2003 version. Both are simple eye candy with most of the dozens of ornament "teen" girls leaving most of their clothes at home and most of the "teen" boys expressing the "It ain't good enough no matter what 'it' is" attitude.
Below is a comparative of the latest two FnF films for your fancy.
It might be interesting to see how the first Fast and Furious fares against these two version, but I am not going to break any speed records finding out.
The plot and story are formula. Angry young Shawn Boswell (Lucas Black), yet a minor, who won't say no to illegal car racing keeps getting kicked out of this and that ends up with his Navy lieutenant dad in Tokyo as his last chance before jail.
But not long after bad boy Boswell is bedded down at his dad's abode, Boswell is back in the circuit of illegal racing. But this time, instead of simple speed contests, the law-breaking beaus participate in drifting with Tokyo teens. Drifting is controlled sliding of the car.
I will say, however, that some of the finest precision driving is performed by stunt drivers. While the parking garage antics in the preview are indeed impressive, the symmetry of multiple cars drifting in reciprocal unison from overhead view is almost poetic
As shown in the comparative above, the two versions are nearly identical in morality content except this 2006 version is notably heavier in Drugs/Alcohol content.
By the way, Vin Diesel makes a cameo appearance at the end of this third version.
I will leave the details to the listing of observations in the Findings/Scoring section, the heart of the CAP analysis model. But if your young teen comes home someday looking through his eyebrows, he has probably seen The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
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We must shorten the time on preparing these reports. Since the whole report is built around His Word, let the listing below suffice for application of Scripture to this film.
***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
Most of each, and in some cases all the following behavior obervations are of "teens."
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
Christian Educators Association International
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
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