Having grown up in a city where fast cars and sick mods are more abundant than Shell engineers (and we have plenty of those), this movie was a must-see for me. It helped that I have seen the first three: The Fast and The Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift.
Alright, the bad side first. Plenty. Aside from shoddy acting and a predictable plot (Vin Diesel's and Paul Walker's characters' love-hate relationship), the attempt at some 'romance' totally failed for me. Come on. Vin Diesel, tender moments?? People watch him to bruise guys and cars, not to get all teary-eyed. Ugh.
However, the cars and the action (hallmarks of the Fast and Furious franchise) certainly did not disappoint. It was good to see more imports in this one, as well as a good blend of tuned-up muscle cars and trucks (opening drift scene of Han: S-I-C-K). Let's be honest, you watched this for the cars. If you did, you'll come out very happy. I know I did. Sad to see a character leave permanently though. :(
CGI scenes were really out of this world as well. Mix that up with some great stunt drivers and beautiful cars, and the realism is almost at a hundred percent. Very beautifully done.
Do NOT watch if you want a slick storyline. LOL. Watch it for its sheer aesthetic value and some insight in the world of tuners. :)