Narrowing down the most ridiculous moments of the Fast & Furious franchise proved to be a difficult task, considering how, you know, the entire damn franchise is comprised of ridiculous moments. But that’s a big part of the reason I love these movies. With the series’ eighth film, The Fate of the Furious, arriving this Friday, there’s no better time to glance in our rear view mirrors and take a tour through the most ridiculous moments in Fast history. Fill your NOS tanks, grab yourself a Corona, and prepare to race through this list a quarter mile at a time. Read More »
It’s safe to say that nobody saw the success of the Fast and Furious series coming. What began as a straightforward tale of cops, robbers, and illegal street racing has ballooned (exploded?) into a globetrotting saga of espionage, high-stakes action, impossible heists, dramatic intrigue that would make your daytime soap opera of choice feel a little hot and bothered, and, most importantly, the importance of family. There’s nothing else quite like these movies and the world is a louder, weirder, nuttier place for their existence.
With the eighth film in the series, The Fate of the Furious, arriving this week, we decided it was time to do what the internet does to every long-running movie series at some point. It was time to rank the Fast and Furious movies.
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I’d argue that there’s no one more important to the Fast and Furious franchise than Chris Morgan. Directors and actors have come and gone, but Morgan has been the sole writer on these movies since 2006’s Tokyo Drift, which was the turning point that saved the franchise from direct-to-DVD obscurity. He’s the series’ architect, crafting the blueprints responsible for its meteoric rise in popularity and helping to turn what began as a simple Point Break riff into a billion dollar box office behemoth. In addition to writing every movie since then, he also executive produced Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, and the newest film in the series, The Fate of the Furious, which comes out this Friday.
Last week, I had the chance to speak with Morgan about the process of crafting a new sequel. In addition to teasing a possible return for Han Seoul-Oh and updating me about his exciting time travel sci-fi film Crime of the Century, we chatted about how many set piece ideas he has left, if he ever consults physicists about the series’ insane action sequences, whether he’ll ever take Dom into space, and much more. Read More »
The Fast and Furious franchise is known for its crazy action scenes and bombastic explosions, but the core of the saga has always been about one thing: family. Sixteen years after the original movie hit theaters, The Fate of the Furious comes roaring into theaters this Friday, and while it does feature a hefty number of explosions, the most important thing the film blows up is the series’ central thesis. Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto goes rogue and turns his back on those he loves, and the group dynamic will never be the same.
Rob Cohen and John Singleton kicked off this franchise with one movie each, and Justin Lin put his stamp on it in a big way by directing the next four films. James Wan admirably took over for Lin on Furious 7, but the newest member of the Fast directors club is F. Gary Gray, riding high after the success of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Gray about how much input he has on a big franchise like this, the dangers and challenges of filming a car chase on real melting ice, and much more. Read More »
The Fast and Furious franchise is known for its ridiculous action as much as its overuse of the word family. When the film series started as a street racing version of Point Break back in 2001, it was a little more grounded, but a few films later, that went completely out the window as Universal embraced the insanity of the action sequences cooked up by the filmmakers.
As the Fast and Furious films have continued and the action has escalated, fans have joked that Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his de facto family will eventually have to head to space to up the ante. Writer Chris Morgan has heard this multiple times, and he surprisingly didn’t shoot down the prospect when asked about it recently. He even has one hell of an idea if it were to happen. Read More »
One of the biggest fan-favorite characters in the entire Fast & Furious franchise is Han Seoul-Oh, played by actor Sung Kang. The character died in Tokyo Drift, but he was such a hit with fans that writer Chris Morgan decided to alter the entire series’ timeline in order to incorporate him into more movies in the saga.
The franchise has since closed the loop and passed beyond Han’s death, but Morgan has hinted that there’s a chance we might see him again.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
UPDATE: We have added a new video review courtesy from our own Peter Sciretta and Collider’s Steven Weintraub.
While CinemaCon is technically the place where movie studios entice theater owners and other industry professionals with trailers and footage from their upcoming movies, sometimes they go all-in. Last night, Disney screened Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales nearly two months early. And today, Universal surprised attendees with a screening of The Fate of the Furious, offering the assembled crowd a first look at the eighth film in the long-lived (and somehow, still good) Fast and Furious series.
Our own Peter Sciretta was in attendance, so you can find his reaction as well as responses from other critics below.
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Posted on Monday, February 20th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
UPDATE: It seems that The Fate of the Furious has started screening and it’s definitely not 160 minutes long:
The original post follows below.
Part of the charm of the Fast and Furious series has been its willingness to throw caution to the wind and give in to its every indulgence. Once the movies began to leave their humble street racing origins in the dust, they began to fly. Literally. Because they were driving cars off skyscrapers and so on. And it’s starting to sound like the running times may be catching up to the series’ increasingly grandiose scale. If the internet is to be believed (and the internet is never wrong and has never influenced the world in a negative or unfortunate way), The Fate of the Furious is long enough to demand an overture and an intermission.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
While making the promotional rounds for Furious 7 back in 2015, Vin Diesel started saying some pretty nutty stuff about how the latest entry in the Fast and Furious series deserved to get a Best Picture nomination at the Academy Awards. And while the seventh entry in this increasingly insane action series ended up being a critical success and a box office smash, it was left high and dry during awards season…which surely surprised no one except Diesel.
It’s hard to tell how much of his Fast and Furious Oscar talk was just Diesel trying to snag some easy headlines or it was just him being an endearing and earnest oddball (his Facebook page certainly suggests the latter). But whatever the case, he’s breaking out some similar chatter for the upcoming Fast 8.
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Next spring, we’ll be sitting in our seats waiting to see what kind of high octane action comes in Fast 8, the next installment in the surprisingly long-running action franchise that started all the way back in 2001. But as we learned last fall, there’s plenty more Fast and Furious action on the way with two more sequels dated for 2019 and 2021, delivering on the promise that Vin Diesel made for one last trilogy in the franchise. And while Furious 7 seemed to give a proper send-off to Brian O’Conner, the character played by the late Paul Walker, there’s a chance he may come back before the franchise comes to an end.
Find out about the possibility of Paul Walker returning for Fast and Furious sequels below. Read More »