With the release of the latest ‘Fast and the Furious’ film now reaching number seven in the series, someone has decided the time is now right for a spoof of the franchise. Ladies and gentleman, start your engines, this is ‘Superfast!’
Spoof films are nothing new and I remember when they reached an all-time high with the release of Scary Movie, a film that parodies the popular horror films of the time, in particular the ‘Scream’ series. Unfortunately the success of the first film made sure that sequels were in order and by the time Scary Movie 4 came around, I think it’s safe to say that most people have had enough.
This decline in interest means that most parody films today are filmed on the cheap and never reach the theatre with most premiering on various VOD services and releasing straight to DVD/Bluray.
So here we are with ‘Superfast!’, a parody of the popular ‘Fast and the Furious’ franchise. Now normally I steer clear of these types of films but the trailer did make me laugh a few times, so on that basis, I decided to give it a go.
The plot is almost non-existent as it exists only to allow the writing team to get the relevant jokes in. ‘Superfast!’ borrows from the first ‘Fast and the Furious’ film by introducing Vin as the streetwise car racer who as you can tell from the name is parodying Vin Diesel. The other main character of the film is officer Lucas White. He is an undercover cop trying to infiltrate the illegal street racing gangs as played by the late Paul Walker in the original films.
Whilst the first half of the film set ups the main characters including quite a funny scene where the stereotypes are introduced who don’t even get to have names, for example, Cool Asian Guy and Model turned Actress; the second half is a heist plot. The crew need to steal the bad guys $100 million stashed in a safe in a fast food restaurant and use the money to escape the country.
‘Superfast!’ for me did have a quite a few funny moments but these were mostly near the start of the film. Once the major car and racing jokes are used up the quality of the comedy does quickly slide downhill from there. Several of the jokes outstay their welcome and run for too long. As usual the film’s trailer does contain the best moments and lines so don’t worry you’re not missing out.
Dale Pavinski who plays Vin was a good Vin Diesel spoof and comes off as probably the best part of the movie. Unfortunately the undercover cop, played by Alex Ashbaugh, is portrayed as a stupid surfer type and this wears pretty thin early on.
Dio Johnson is the aptly named Johnson. This is of course a parody of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson who has recently appeared in the ‘Fast and the Furious’ franchise. His running joke is that he is not the brightest cop and that he’s more concerned with his appearance. He’s always squirting baby oil onto his huge biceps and asking if his t-shirts are tight enough so everyone can enjoy his physique.
Another aspect of the film I noticed whilst watching was just how cheap it is. All the racing shots are comprised of normal car driving footage sped up. Again funny at first but soon becomes tiresome when it’s being used all the way through the movie. Obviously they couldn’t afford to film cars breaking the speed limit on public roads. I also noticed there are very few sets or locations except for Vin’s garage. The rest of the film seems to be filmed in public locations.
Ironically the film came across like a car crash you witness on the motorway (or highway for our American friends), I wanted to look away but I couldn’t stop watching. I had to see this through to the end just to see how bad it got.
If you’re a big fan of the’ Fast and the Furious franchise’, which I’ll admit I’m not, then you may get more enjoyment from ‘Superfast!’ than I did. Either way, if you want to see this film, I’d recommend a rental with friends and beers.