It's fascinating to see how Justin Lin basically remade and improved upon the premise of the original Fast and the Furious, first with a shonen version and then this. If the first film in the series now feels like watching a Dukes of Hazzard episode with an Orbital album in the background, the fourth film is a true modern-day western: strong, muscular men lost in the desert and in their own past.
This movie adds nothing to the Fast and Furious franchise. Was it entertaining? Maybe, although it felt like more of the same with a video game kind of twist since the graphics in this film are just so terrible that they ruin the race scenes. It's my least favourite film of them all.
It was only in 2015 that I became aware that this franchise had something to offer in its later films. At this point I'm still no better off and probably should have jumped straight to no. 5. Probably the worst thing about this competent entry is how utterly unmemorable it is. Still, not the worst way to be spending drunken evenings with housemates.
number 4 saw the death of a pronoun and the return of vin diesel. having seen about half the franchise in quick succession its kinda difficult to remember what happened in this one as they all blend together but the template is pretty straightforward...car chase, punch up, drama bit, chase on foot, car stunt, bigger car stunt, off the chart spectacular end, and then one more massive end bit.
Lin's second entry in the now long running series (4th one here) reunited cast members from the first film with a silly story of taking down a drug runner who killed Diesel's girl. Leave common sense and plot development on the cutting room floor and just deliver a hot car chase film seems to be the total creative idea here. Nothing of note here; first and last time watching this one.