This is a list from the best to worst. If you are here you are a member so thank you! Ah, the Fast and Furious Franchise. It went from simple street racing with NOS-injected Skylines to stealing from mob bosses to stopping international terrorists! I hear that the team is teaming up with the Transformers next! (Not really, but it would be an interesting movie!) Since the latest film is coming out this week, I thought it fitting that we do a ranking of all the Fast and Furious movies currently out! Fair warning, Hobbs and Shaw won’t be on the list, considering it’s a spin-off! So, let’s get into it!
Let’s get the best out of the way! When it was announced that star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was going to be in it, that was the deciding factor for me! We never got to see Sly vs Arnie in their prime, but fortunately, we got Vin vs Rocky! While this movie had some of the usual stuff in these movies, this one really felt like Ocean’s Eleven mixed with The Expendables! Plus, they brought back some familiar faces, with Vince from the first movie and a surprise ending scene!
The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift
Showing newcomers a whole new style of racing, Tokyo Drift doesn’t get the love and respect it deserves. With the main cast M.I.A (A certain someone does make a surprise appearance), this left fans somewhat vexed. But with the driving at the forefront, and the introduction of newcomer Han, Tokyo Drift brought it back to its roots. Plus, they had Sonny Chiba a.k.a The Street Fighter in this, as a Yakuza crime boss!
Fast and Furious 6
With the team facing off against their polar opposites, Furious 6 brought more action, Dom and Hobbs looking like the ultimate tag-team AND a surprise ending going all the way back to Tokyo Drift! I mean, Jason Statham a.k.a The Transporter himself, “killing” Han, about to wage war with Dom and his family?! Genius!
The Fast and The Furious
The one that started it all! When Ja Rule was the hottest rapper out, nu-rap was a thing, and the fills were all about racing and family. Basically, this was like the next generation’s Point Break, but on the same level! The soundtrack was fire (aren’t they all?!) and the movie that sparked some clones, like Torque and Biker Boyz!
This was a decent one, and I love how Jason Statham was all Terminator in this film, but this one had one too many subplot in it. Like Letty’s memory loss, Brian’s thinking about retirement, or Hobbs laid up for most of the film! I will say that the ending, with Dom and Brian driving away with “See You Again” did have me tearing up, especially after the death of Paul Walker.
The Fate of The Furious
The action was predictable but enjoying, and it was nice to see Charlize Theron and Hellen Mirren introduced in the films, but the main reason it’s so low on my list, is because of how they just forgot that Shaw “killed” Han…and basically said, “It’s all good!” I mean, what happened to family?! After all that preaching about family and loyalty, Shaw was forgiven?! After what happened in the last film?!
They did the unthinkable! They actually found a way to go into space! While I didn't really see John Cena as the big bad this time around, the reintroduction of Han was good. Plus the backstory of how Dom lost his dad, and the stunts with magnets was pretty awesome! Do and Letty being the protective parents to baby Brian was also a nice touch, with them being prepared for any threats wanting payback for all the missions they've been on. I just wish we could get rid of Cypher, once and for all!
Fast and Furious
The movie that brought everyone back…well, almost! Dom, Brian, Letty, and Mia reunited, and it felt so good! With the crew back together, this one felt a little more like the movies of old, where Dom and Brian were brothers-in-arms. We could have had some more racing, and the final action piece in the tunnels in the desert was a bit bland, but it wasn’t the worst.
2 Fast 2 Furious
Yeah, this one is at the bottom of the barrel. They replaced Vin Diesel with Tyrese, and while the inclusion of Ludacris was great (not to mention his song “Act A Fool”) I just felt like this film can’t compete with its brothers! But we got to give props to John Singleton for directing, rest in peace!
That’s it for my ranking of all of the Fast and Furious movies! Where would you place these movies in your ranking? Post your thoughts below, and until next time fellow blerds!
Updated: Jul 11, 2021
"I wasn’t totally convinced that John Cena, who plays Dom’s brother Jacob Torreto, could be a foil to Vin Diesel, but I do appreciate the callbacks to previous entries. The main plot is that Dom and his team must stop his younger brother from activating some sort of doomsday weapon and prevent Armageddon. But by now, we don’t care about the plot ( as ridiculous as it is)! All I care about is the stunts, the action, and the sheer insanity of it all!"
Well, we knew another Fast and Furious movie would be coming to theaters, and Fast 9 is the latest addition in the franchise! It’s also the first film featuring former wrestler turned actor John Cena who plays Dom’s brother Jacob Torreto! I wasn’t totally convinced that John Cena, who plays Dom’s brother Jacob Torreto, could be a foil to Vin Diesel, but I do appreciate the callbacks to previous entries. The plot of the movie centers around Dom and his team who must stop his younger brother from activating some sort of doomsday weapon and prevent Armageddon. But by now, we don’t care about the plot (as ridiculous as it is)! All I care about is the stunts, the action, and the sheer insanity of it all! Spoilers ahead, continue at your own risk!
"There is also a mid-credits scene with Han and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham!)! Will we see Han and Shaw come to blows in the next film!? There was also a race between Dom and Jacob in a flashback with the younger “crew” from the original Fast and Furious, which I thoroughly appreciated!"
I thoroughly appreciate how the main story was brother against brother. Also, we finally get some more background into Dom’s younger life and we discover that Dom's father was a professional race driver. It’s believed that Dom’s father was killed by his brother Jacob, but the truth is much more tragic.
Another bright spot in the movie was the debut of Dom's fathering skills. Let's just say that this was the ultimate setup for a spin-off in the future.
A not surprising character Han (played by Sung Kang) was also a welcome addition. More characters from different Fast movies also make their resurgence, from Magdalene Shaw (Hellen Mirren) to Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russel), and even Charlize Theron’s character who (unfortunately) makes an appearance! The action is as expected, fast and furious. And yes, they finally end up going to outer space! We just knew they were going to try this, one day!
There is also a mid-credits scene with Han and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham!)! Will we see Han and Shaw come to blows in the next film!? There was also a race between Dom and Jacob, in a flashback with the younger “crew” from the original Fast and Furious, which I thoroughly appreciated!
"Now that they have ventured into space, what else can they do? How do they top that, perhaps (Prediction) Crossing over into the Transformers movies?!"
I feel that the fight between Vin Diesel and John Cena was too short. After all that build-up, the actual conflict was brief and nowhere near the epicness of Vin Diesel vs Dwayne Johnson! The movie also tries to be self-aware, (too late for that in my opinion), with Tyrese’s character Roman mentioning how they’ve escaped death time and time again! And Cypher (Theron) needs to go! The franchise doesn’t really need a big bad, and I think the character of Cypher needs to be written out. But before that, she needs some comeuppance for killing Dom’s baby mama and kidnapping his son! Now that they have ventured into space, what else can they do? How do they top that, perhaps (Prediction) Crossing over into the Transformers movies?!
The goal of F9 seemed to try to achieve a sense of nostalgia mixed with family drama. The past seems to always come back to haunt each one of these cast members. I also love how they still honor Paul Walker's character. That scene was a touching moment, which seemed to be the sentiment throughout the film. At every turn, F9 was triumph wrapped in tragedy.
I’ll give Fast 9 a 7 out of 10. It was not horrible, but not their best work. It seemed to be a clear setup for the next film. I don't foresee a full cast mash-up with Dwayne 'The Rock" any time soon.
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