F1.5: Turbo Charged Prelude (2003 – Phillip G. Atwell)


Essentially a DVD bonus feature, this short film seeks to bridge The Fast and the Furious (2001 – Rob Cohen) with its sequel, 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003 – John Singleton).  The two short films within the franchise have demonstrated a formal inventiveness that the main sequence has not played with – this is a nearly silent sequence of endless montages featuring Paul Walker.  For something that is sold as ‘turbo charged’, it moves at a snail’s pace.

By eradicating Vin Diesel from the film’s narrative, the franchise moves into a more sexually conventional space, as marked by O’Conner’s flirtation with Minka Kelly (all thoughts of Jordana Brewster have gone).  But O’Conner is a man without a purpose; his decision to let Toretto escape at the end of the first film marks him as a failure, both within his profession (police officer) and personal life (part of Toretto’s crew).  He is currently functionless.  For O’Conner, this is unbearable; his fear of failure is a defining characteristic, and it explains his nomadic, desperate trek across the United States.

But let’s not kid ourselves, it’s a fairly disposable, occasionally incoherent piece of filmmaking.  Roll on the sequel with the greatest film title ever…


Fast & Furious rankings:


  1. The Fast and the Furious
  2. Turbo Charged Prelude

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