Paul Walker plays undercover cop Brian, who suspects local race star Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) of leading a gang wanted for hijacking trucks. Brian bets and loses his '10-second car' to win a place on Toretto's close-knit team, then he falls in love with Toretto's sister Mia (Jordana Brewster). An armed and violent rival gang of Asian racers on motorcycles led by Johnny Tran (Rick Yune) provide the flimsy plot's red herring, which is a pointless distraction when it's pretty obvious right from the start that Toretto's crew are responsible for the robberies, but this does provide a brief glimpse of the variety of people involved in the quarter-mile racing scene, along with background dramas staged to give the supporting cast something else to do besides hanging out with top driver Toretto.
The Fast And The Furious is simply a glossy B-movie, lacking real passion for its subject matter, or anything like a meticulous exploration of the alternative criminal lifestyle it attempts to reveal. It's not saying much, but even the remake of Gone In 60 Seconds was better than this.
The DVD has an excellent anamorphic widescreen transfer, with Dolby digital 5.1 sound and English subtitles. Disc extras: making-of featurette (18 minutes), multi-camera stunt sequence, editing violence for MPAA PG-13, text of the Racer X article that inspired this movie, plus director's commentary.