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4. Dom Fights Hobbs…and Survives – Fast Five

When Dom – who, let’s remember, is just a former mechanic – gets into an all-out brawl with Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), a trained member of the Diplomatic Security Service, it should be a miracle that Dom survives the encounter. The fact that Dom actually wins, and comes within inches of beating Hobbs to death with a wrench, is maybe the most laughable thing in all of these movies. I mean, have you seen The Rock? The guy is jacked beyond belief. In a real fight between the two actors, Vin Diesel would end up like Biff Tannen at the end of Back to the Future, dressed in a jumpsuit and waxing up The Rock’s car. (“I’m sorry, Mr. The Rock. I meant I was just starting on the second coat.”) But since Diesel is a producer on these films and has a great deal of control over the storytelling, he’s able to constantly make himself look like the ultimate badass…even at the expense of any shred of realism this series had left.

3. Cliff Jump – Fast Five

It’s not enough for Fast Five to crash a car into a moving train. It’s also not enough to have Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner leap from that metal heap onto a moving car at the last second to avoid being obliterated by a bridge. Nope, this movie tops it off by having Dom drive the rescue car off an enormous cliff, and the two bros leap out of the vehicle as it hurtles toward the water. Despite the two experiencing a 500 foot drop (and that’s a conservative estimation!), they plunge into the water and bob back to the top just a couple of seconds later, seemingly unfazed. Sure, these characters have been known to do crazy stunts before, but this is unhinged even by their standards.

2. Building Jump – Furious 7

On a pure action beat level, this is the absolute height of the whole Fast series. This is the one future directors are going to have to top, and the one that likely comes to mind for a majority of Fast fans when they think about the series’ most ridiculous moments. The word “iconic” gets thrown around a lot these days, but the image of a red supercar backlit by the sun and soaring between two buildings instantly reached iconic status…and rightly so. This sequence is bonkers in the best way. Forget plot, physics, or plausibility – this is Furious 7 making a statement, pure and simple. And that statement is, “Come at me, other franchises. I dare you to top this.”

1. Highway Catch – Fast & Furious 6

The most ridiculous moment in the entire franchise comes courtesy of Fast & Furious 6, when Dominic Toretto’s superpowers are at their peak. A crushed Mercedes is dragging behind the villains’ tank on a highway bridge, and Dom suggests Brian and Roman knock it over the edge to serve as an anchor that will slow down their competition. But that competition includes an amnesia-stricken Letty, whom Dom still loves. Brian and Roman knock the anchor off the bridge, but Letty gets out of the tank to try to cut the tie between the two vehicles. Uh oh. So naturally, Dom calculates the exact length of the cable between the tank and the Mercedes, the weight of the Mercedes, the moment it will make contact with the bridge pylon below, the impact it’ll have on the tank, and the precise angle at which Letty will be launched into the air. No big deal. Timing his movements perfectly, he speeds alongside the tank, crashes his car into a guardrail, and uses the crash as a launchpad for himself so he can catch Letty in mid-air and land on the windshield of a stationary car. Whew.

The sequence is a microcosm of the whole franchise: preposterous action with the idea of family at the center. Even Chris Morgan – who’s written every Fast movie from Tokyo Drift all the way to The Fate of the Furiousagrees with this placement (and I created the slots on this list before I spoke to him).

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Now let’s open it up for you to continue the discussion. What do you think is the most ridiculous moment in the franchise thus far? Sound off in the comments below.

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