fast and furious bollywood rip-off

It’s an unspoken rule in the movie industry that if Hollywood makes it, Bollywood will come…and create their own musical version. But apart from a couple of impressive song and dance sequences, the Bollywood rip-off usually pales in comparison to the original. Dhoom, the emphatically great Bollywood series inspired by the Fast and Furious franchise, is an exception.

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Fast and Furious Infographics

With the eighth movie in the Fast and Furious franchise arriving this weekend, we’ll get all-new sequences of ridiculous action, explosions and uses of the word family. Those are just some of the things you can expect from each and every film in the franchise, and the folks at Bloomberg decided to fiercely crunch the numbers for all of the seven previous movies leading up to The Fate of the Furious. The result is a plethora of infographics counting everything from how many shots there are of odometers/tachometers to how much screentime is given to female butts.

Check out the Fast and Furious infographics after the jump. Read More »

craziest car scenes

Whether it’s trains, planes, or automobiles, speeding vehicles have made for some of the best nail-biting, jaw-dropping moments in cinematic history. Entire franchises have been built around car crashes and explosions that, while defying the laws of physics, have reinforced the magic of Hollywood. There’s probably no greater testament to this than the Fast and the Furious franchise, which never ceases to amaze when it comes to wonderfully ridiculous car-related stunts. I thought it would be impossible to top 2015’s Furious 7, which features the late Paul Walker and Vin Diesel crashing a red W Motors Lukan Hypersport through not one, not two, but three skyscrapers in Abu Dubai, but The Fate of the Furious could certainly unseat its predecessor.

In celebrating cinema’s love of fast cars and our love of the Fast and the Furious films, here are some of the best and the craziest car chases, jumps and stunts outside of that series.

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Most Ridiculous Fast and Furious Moments

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 »

fast and furious movies ranked

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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The Fate of the Furious

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 Fate of the Furious

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 »

Fast and Furious in Space

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 »

Han Seoul-Oh Fast and Furious

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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fate of the furious early buzz

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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