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The Top 5 Most Awesomely Bad Films Starring The Cast Of "Fast And Furious"

March 31, 2009

List Wednesday (on Tuesday) is here! I’ve never backed off from saying that I’m pretty excited for this weekend’s “Fast And Furious,” the eight-years-later sequel to 2001’s The Fast And The Furious that finally reunites the original cast. The main three players in the film, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Michelle Rodriguez, were probably thrilled when their agents called them and offered these roles, because their careers haven’t exactly been on fire lately. In fact, they’ve made some downright bad movies in the last few years. Read my list of the casts’ Top 5 Most Awesomely Bad Films, and then let me know what additions or subtractions you might make in the comments:

5. Running Scared
I actually kind of like this Paul Walker movie, even if it is so frenetic it made my head hurt. The energy is turned up to an all time max, and it’s confusing to know what’s going on, and the film certainly isn’t good, but whatever, the implausible plot and action are rather entertaining.

4. The Pacifier
The gimmick of this comedy was supposed to be that Vin Diesel was this huge action star that had been made into a nanny. Think Kindergarten Cop. It would have worked better had Diesel had more action films than just XXX and The Fast And The Furious on his resume. It also would have worked better had it been funny. I still remember the Peter Panda Dance, though…

3. Chronicles of Riddick
I think I saw part of this on USA one night, probably in between airings of Legally Blonde and The Replacements. Riddick was so dark, bizarre, and confusing, that it really wasn’t any fun to watch, and the dialogue was laughably cheesy. This sci-fi does get style points, though.

2. Into The Blue
Paul Walker and Jessica Alba as treasure hunters wearing kiddie snorkel gear. This wouldn’t have made it to $20 million at the box office without Jessica Alba in a bikini. Thank goodness for the horndogs of the world!

1. BloodRayne
Michelle Rodriguez, what went wrong in 2005? You get a DUI, you get killed off of Lost the same season you’re introduced because everyone hates your character, and then you star in this dreck by Uwe Boll! Why do people let this man make movies?

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The Original Cast Is Back For "Fast And Furious." Can They Rev Up The Franchise?

January 15, 2009

“Original Parts, New Model.” This is the tagline that runs at the end of the new trailer for Universal’s Fast And Furious, the fourth installment in the popular (to varying degrees) street racing franchise. For this one, the original cast of The Fast And The Furious has come back, and at this point in their careers, they’re sort of a motley crew of former stars. We have Vin Diesel, who turned his back on the franchise after the first film, but is now desperately in need of a hit, considering his last success was 2005’s Disney film The Pacifier ($113 million). I guess that’s what you get when you bite the hand that feeds you… Also returning is Paul Walker. Though Walker appeared in 2 Fast 2 Furious, he did not appear in The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift, and his career has stalled since 2006’s Eight Below ($81 million). Finally we have, Michelle Rodriguez, who seems to have replaced her headshots with mugshots in the last few years, after getting killed off of Lost. Suffice it to say, these three actors could use some box office success. But will they be able to fight off the diminishing returns the franchise has witnessed over the years? Take a look at what I mean:

2001 – The Fast And The Furious – $144 million

This was a nice surprise for Universal, as the film only cost $38 million to produce. The breakout hit put Vin Diesel on the map, and took Paul Walker out of his high school stage after She’s All That and Varsity Blues. A franchise was born.

2003 – 2 Fast 2 Furious – $127 million

Although the budget doubled to $76 million, people had trouble getting as excited about a sequel that was missing one of the main characters, since Vin Diesel did not return. Although, 2 Fast 2 Furious did give us Eva Mendes, so I can’t be too hard on it…

2007 – The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift – $62 million

Universal’s attempt to relaunch the franchise with new face Lucas Black did not work out so well, and the third installment, which featured none of the original cast, grossed less than half of its predecessor. People did praise director Justin Lin for some eye-popping chase scenes, though.

Personally, I’m rooting for them! Maybe it’s because I was 12 years old, and finally allowed to go to the movies by myself, when The Fast And The Furious came out, but I just can’t help but support this franchise. (I think there is something about entertainment you watch between the ages of 8 and 13 that makes you ever-nostalgic for it. Power Rangers, Lizzie McGuire, where have you gone?) These films don’t take themselves too seriously, the chase scenes are pretty amazing, stuff blows up, the dialogue is ridiculous, I have a ton fun, and now I’m finding myself so excited that the original cast is back. Fast And Furious has wisely chosen a Spring release date of April 3, 2009, away from the crowded Summer action slate, and Tokyo Drift director, Justin Lin, has returned to helm the reboot. The stars seems to be aligned for a speedy (hah!) comeback, and I think that Fast And Furious be headed for at least $100 million, and probably more. Vin, Paul, Michelle, you’re going to get your careers back on track because I know there are other people out there who are just as excited as me! Right?! Right? …right? …..oh gosh, this is embarrassing.