The Fast and the Furious : The Film - The Poster
Hey, Mack! Did you hear the news about that convicted felon who recently broke out of prison? You know. What's-his-name. Frank Webster (John Ireland). Well, just the other day whilst she was loitering around a diner, he kidnaps a pretty young racing car driver called Connie Adair (Dorothy Malone), and then escapes in her sports car not so long thereafter. Furthermore, once the police are informed about this brash and bold encounter, both Frank and Connie end up entangled in a racing car competition a long-long way down the lane.
Granted, this doesn't happen to them straight away. No. Of course not. First Connie tries her best to get away from Frank in transit. Then they have to out manoeuvre the police at any given turn. And finally -- and only finally -- when Frank doesn't know which way to go, that's when they both end up in the aforementioned racing car competition I mentioned to you previously.
Still, what next, huh? Can Frank enter said race under the assumed name of 'Bill Myerson'? And even if he does do that, can he pass the time-trials and then enrol into the competition, without any of Connie's friends figuring out what's really going on?
No. I'm not telling you the answer to these questions, pal. But what I will say is what next transpires all shifts gear when a kidnapper tells his reluctant accomplice the truth about his own origins. As love turns into fire - a car needs a new tyre - an adventure goes on the skids - and look out, pal, beware of those strange looking grids.
Now if you're able to look past the piss-poor processed shots and the dire camera work utilised, I'd say that you'd thoroughly enjoy this 1955 version of 'The Fast and The Furious'. Yeah. Honestly. In my eyes it's like a fifties homage to an eighties road-movie. It has a very straight forward approach with its story-line. It has the incremental budding romance between the two main actors. And it has that adventurous and bold streak this type of genre driven flick adders to by default.
Well, take a look at the basic structure of this tale for example. Act One: A criminal kidnaps his reluctant victim and then they have to dodge the police using the victim's sports car. Act Two: The criminal and his victim get to know each other whilst stumbling into a racing car competition by accident. Act Three: A hard-lined resolution eventually presents itself that defies the convention of your more 'paint it by numbers' productions.
All in all 'The Fast and The Furious' is a very nice slice of yesteryear to watch. So if you're a fan of races and a timely tale -- yeah -- this is defiantly one for you. But if you're the type of person who prefers style over substance -- no -- please steer clear of this one, pal. You might get run over by accident. Ha!