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LIVING: VIDEO: FAST, FURIOUS - AND TOTALLY MINDLESS.

Byline: RICHARD WILLIAMSON & ROZ LAWS

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (15)

EVERY now and again a bunch of brainless nitwits creep out in the dead of night to hold unofficial car races round the backstreets of Birmingham.

I imagine they'll love watching The Fast and The Furious, which is all roaring exhausts, revving engines, squealing tyres and total irresponsibility.

The action is hung around a mundane plot about an undercover policeman called Brian (Paul Walker) infiltrating the world of the street-racers. His mission is to track down a gang of crooks who are using racing cars to hi-jack trucks.

But Brian is soon in danger of getting too close to broodingly dangerous Dominic (Vin Diesel) and his pretty sister Mia (Jordana Brewster).

I'd like to think that the underlying message is an attack on the cult of the car and those who worship it. But I fear irony is not the strong suit in this kind of movie.

This is definitely one for those who enjoy their car chases but don't wish to put their brains into gear.

THE PAROLE OFFICER (12)

MILLIONS of TV viewers will agree that Steve Coogan is a very funny man, so his first foray into film was bound to be met with high expectations. But is The Parole Officer as funny as we might hope?

Well, not exactly. There are quite a few laughs, but perhaps not as many as expected.

Coogan was co-writer of the movie and stars as nerdy, inept parole officer Simon Garden, who has managed to persuade only three out of 1,000 clients to go straight.

When he witnesses corrupt police detective Stephen Dillane committing murder, he flees the crime scene but finds himself framed for the killing.

The only evidence that can clear him is CCTV footage on a tape locked away in a bank vault.

Garden decides he has to get the tape, so he calls on his trio of success stories. They agree to help their parole officer, who's luring them back to a life of crime.

Although an improvement on a lot of recent Brit flicks, this is no Full Monty or Notting Hill - but not at all bad for a first attempt.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Feb 10, 2002
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