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Monday, January 20, 2014

The Fast & Furious Franchise.



Whats going on y'all, Happy New year? It's been a very very long time since my last post on here. Alot has happened in this period of time as well. As you all know I don't like rushing these because they're usually long and I want em done correctly, but I digress. 

   As many of you know Paul walker was one of my favorite actors and The F&F series is one of my favorite movie franchises of all time. I'm an early 90's kid so I grew up in that era of turbo charged supras and ricers and people street racing. At the time I didn't have too much knowledge of what was going on but as I"ve gotten older cars,car makers, and the people who modify and drive them have become a huge part of my life over the last year. Paul walker on and off screen was a car enthusiast which is why his death impacted not just family and friends, but car enthusiasts. He & the person who was driving the car, whos name is often forgotten was Rodger Rodas. The 2 owned and operated a car shop called "AE performance" which stood for "Always Evolving" and they both had an extensive car collection at their warehouse which can be seen below. 


This also got me back into the entire franchise of Fast & The Furious. Re watching all of the old movies
to the most recent movie Fast 6 and I've gotta say the more I watch the series I pick up on things I didn't see before. If you're curious about the series and haven't seen it or if you are wondering exactly what order to watch the movies in go by this order. 




   Watching everything over again I picked up on something that one of the characters said in fast 6 that I 
hadn't though of before. 

"Street kid starts out stealing DVD Players in East LA, Ends up heisting 100 Million dollars in Rio, It's a good story isn't it? Almost inspiring" 

   That ONE line basically set the tone for the entire series up to that point. The ENTIRE series has been steeped in crime & drama. People forget that all of the movies are centered around crime and not around cars. Or rather the main story is about crime and the cars are a sub story or a small part of it. The cars are just tools. They're not like main characters, but we also know the characters by what they drive. Especially Dom & Brian. Dom is always driving a Dodge usually charger or challenger. 

   Getting back to the Quote from Owen Shaw, The first F&F movie was about Dom & his original crew stealing a a million worth of DVD players, and Brian was a Cop who was undercover to infiltrate and find out who was doing it, but he fell in love with Dom's sister. The undertone was illegal street racing with Dom and his crew participated and is actually how Brian got in with Dom's crew in the first place. 

   In the second installment of the series Brian is recruited by the FBI to take down a drug dealer who smuggles drug money, with his life long friend Roman Pierce who were both juvie buddies. 

   Fast & Furious was the 4th (Chronologically 3rd) in the series and involves where we left off with 2 Fast where brian is back as an FBI agent & trying to take down a Drug cartel that uses street racers to smuggle cocaine back and forth across the border. 

Fast 5 picks up right where 4 left off and now the crew is stealing cars off of trains that belong to a powerful businessman and drug dealer, Fast 6 has the team going after soldiers who are from the SAS Mobility Unit who are hijacking parts for a type of EMP device. 

   Every movie has crime and is based on crime, and people forget that because of the cars. When people actually step back and look at the store you see an undertone of Love,Crime,Family and Anti-Heroes. People say the story isn't good, or that its trash and corny but you have to take it at face value. Or you can do as I've done and looked at it in a different perspective. 


"The last scene we filmed together…

There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we've come… 

Fast and Furious 7 will be released…

April 10th 2015!

P.s. He'd want you to know first…" - Vin


RIP Paul Walker.


That's all for now. I'll hit yall with more soon. Be easy.

-Saze "Tomb"

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