Editor’s note: A Jacksonville resident has been reviewing movies for friends for several years and has offered to share his thoughts with Daily Progress readers. His reviews come in personal letters to his nicknamed friend, Spud Nut. Our reviewer is Tater Tot, so consequently, the movies get ratings based on potatoes.

Spud Nut,

“ Fast and Furious 4” (rated PG-13, 99 minutes) reprises the original movie by bringing back Vin Diesel and Paul Walker in their highly popular roles as street racing drivers with a common cause.

How apropos that this movie opens on the weekend that the national four-wheel ATV races take place at Mud Creek outside our little town.

In this installment of the continuing drama, Vin (the escaped con) and Paul (the undercover FBI man) combat a Mexican drug lord who had Vin’s girlfriend killed. To complicate things, Paul used to date Vin’s sister, even though Paul ought to have been trying to return Vin to prison. These contradictory relationships are the background for roaring scenes of pimped up cars and pouty bad girls. The opening sequence requires such risky auto stunt work that you wonder how they found anybody who could make it happen. Later in the obligatory street race, Vin and Paul barrel through L.A. traffic, exhibiting sensational wheel work.

For young adult males and their dates, this movie is a supercharged rush. Personally, I would rather have seen Vin Diesel reprise his role in “The Chronicles of Riddick” (that will be happening, so I am told). In the mean time, it was good to see Diesel star in the movie part that made him such a big time star in Hollywood in this modern era.

The younger you are, the more you will like this hot rod sequel. Since I am still young at heart, I am on the high side of the scoring for this zoom-zoom, slam bang hit. Overall though, this movie averages a two potato rating or slightly more.

Tater Tot

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