The tragic and untimely event of Paul Walker’s death has taken Hollywood, family, friends, and fans by surprise. As the days go by details of the car accident involving Paul Walker and his racing partner Roger Rodas are slowly emerging. Investigators are currently focusing on speed being the key factor in the solo car accident that sadly ended in Roger Rodas and Paul Walker’s death.
No one can help but to see the irony in Paul Walker’s death since his biggest role in movies were the “Fast and Furious” films. If speed was the main factor in the car accident that led to Paul Walker’s death, then it is all the more reason for people to say in this case, “life imitates art.”
A backlash in the blogosphere is underway as some “fans” are expressing anger towards the film “Fast and Furious” which they believe promote reckless and dangerous driving, which ultimately led to Paul Walker’s death. Some say that not only does making “Fast and Furious” promote dangerous driving, but also encourages impressionable folk to do the same.
Similar arguments have risen in the past over video games being said to promote violence, or showing violence on TV or in movies causes violence in real life. Studies about video games actually being the cause of an act of violence have been inconclusive. However, a study conducted back in 2001 reported in the journal Psychological Science that although video games do not cause children, in particular, to act out the violence, it does have an effect on their behavior, such as feelings of aggression and anger. Similarly, perhaps, while watching "Fast and Furious" may tempt you to want to drive like a crazy person, it would not actually cause you to do it.
It is still uncertain as to whether production of the current filming of “Fast and Furious,” which began at the end of September, will be continuing or if they will stop production all together. Do you think "Fast and Furious" should be banned? Do you think it leads to reckless driving? Let us know your opinion in the comments below.