In this high-octane sequel, compulsive speeder Sean (Lucas Black, new to the series) is sent to Tokyo to avoid juvenile hall and winds up in a similar society of sweet rides and no rules.
Big question: Should we be glad or discouraged that not even franchise alum Paul Walker returned for part three?
Skip it: The redundant plot exists only to find excuses for fast driving, with racing hilariously used as the only form of conflict resolution. The action will certainly start your engine, but "Tokyo Drift" is simply hot girls, hot cars, and no brains--which, of course, may be exactly what you're looking for.
Catch it: If you're surprised this follow-up to "2 Fast 2 Furious" isn't called "The Faster and the Furiouser."
Bottom line: Yes, the driving is cool. No, there is nothing else of value.
Bonus: Indulge in the fantasy of gunning it past 100 miles per hour, causing thousands of dollars in damage and crashing with no consequences whatsoever. Just make sure your cab driver isn't in the theater.
Matt Pais is the metromix movies producer.
'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift'
Directed by Justin Lin; written by Chris Morgan; photographed by Stephen F. Windon; edited by Fred Raskin, Kelly Matsumoto; production designed by Ida Random; music by Brian Tyler; produced by Neal H. Moritz. A Universal Pictures release; opens Friday. Running time: 1:45. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for reckless and illegal behavior involving teens, violence, language and sexual content).
Sean Boswell - Lucas Black
Twinkie - Bow Wow
Neela - Nathalie Kelley
D.K. - Brian Tee
Han - Sung Kang
Uncle Kamata - JJ Sonny Chiba
Morimoto - Leonardo NamCopyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun