Surprising fact, the Fast and the Furious franchise has been running for 15 long years! Hard to believe right? Whether you want to watch a few or all of them at once, let’s take a look at all the FAF films ranked from best to worst-
FAST FIVE (2011)
In this film instead of street-racing, the franchise morphs from its established cops, drugs and racing formula into a one last job heist movie. What distinguishes Fast Five from the rest of this subgenre is the warmth and genuine connection between the characters. Most heist movies are about cold-hearted professionals, Fast Five shows a group of friends so tight-knit they call themselves a family. It is possible to enjoy Fast Five without having seen the four previous movies, but almost every important plot point and character from all the previous Fasts makes some kind of appearance, so it is of course the best out of them all.
FURIOUS 7 (2015)
This movie out of all the others in the series might be the most Fast & Furious, the most over the top, the most exciting, and the most tear-jerking. Skydiving in cars is pretty nuts, but jumping a car across not just one but two skyscrapers definitely tops it. But the fact that there’s a serious competition for the coolest sequence tells you how far over the top Furious 7 goes. It features shadowy government agent Mr. Nobody, brutal terrorist Jakande, his right-hand man Kiet and ferocious bodyguard Kara.
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (2001)
Recent Fasts lean heavily on digital effects, but this scene is full of outstanding practical stuntwork, including a fair amount by Schulz and Diesel themselves, performing on moving vehicles going at “half speed”, so roughly 50 miles per hour. The films eventually get bigger and better, but it’s impressive just how much of the formula was already in place in the franchise’s debut. The storyline of the film is quite exciting and the buildup to the mystery of the movie is quite interesting.
FAST AND FURIOUS 4 (2009)
The fourth part of this series is actually only called Fast and Furious. Confusing right? It has an interesting plot and storyline, Dominic Toretto, an ex-convict, and an FBI agent, Brian O’Connor, wish to take down heroin importer, Arturo Braga. However, they must team up and overcome their distrust to be successful. The darker tone is definitely a break from past films, but it looks good on the characters, who are all at least a half a decade older than the first films. Their innocence gone, they’re left with fewer options and sadder roads ahead. Overall it’s a good watch if you want some action, romance and car racing stunts.
FAST AND FURIOUS 6 (2013)
Hobbs is tasked with catching a team of mercenary drivers who manage to escape him every time. However, he makes a deal with Dom and his team to help him, in exchange for full pardons for all their past crimes. With twists, turns and plot changes, this film is long but worth a watch for all the action geeks out there. The storyline is good and is just enjoyable if you like those high adrenaline pumping car races.
FAST & FURIOUS PRESENTS: HOBBS & SHAW (2019)
Just released last year, this film features Brash MI6 agent Hattie Shaw and elusive thief Madame M, a Robin Hood figure who robs from Russian billionaires and is aligned with Deckard Shaw. all of the movies until this one could at least sort of take place in our world. Hobbs & Shaw is straight-up science-fiction. Brixton Lore, the villain, isn’t just an elite soldier, he has robot body parts. He has a spine made out of metal. He sees the world like the Terminator, with digital readouts telling him when his enemies are about to hit him, and giving him precise measurements where to move to avoid danger. He even has a self-driving motorcycle that can balance perfectly on its own without a rider or kickstand and seemingly possesses low-level transformer technology. It’s however still a reasonably entertaining action movie.
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (2017)
This is the 8th installment in the Fast and Furious series. The Fate of the Furious is the first Fast in a while that really showed the franchise’s age. Spoiler alert- Dom turns his back on his family, then decides to trust Deckard, the guy who killed Han and made his life a living hell just one movie ago. It has all the crazy scenes you never expected, from killing an entire plane full of goons while protecting a baby, to the Rock altering the course of a torpedo with his bare hands. I’m sure we’re all convinced to start watching the series after hearing this!
FAST 2 FURIOUS (2003)
Brian, a former officer, partners with Roman Pierce, his ex-convict friend. As a part of a deal with the FBI, Brian and Roman have to bring down Verone, a drug lord, to erase their criminal record. The show-stopping stunt involves a car that gets trapped between and then crushed beneath two 18 wheelers. Overall we can excuse the cheesy lines and dragging script as the action, romance and flashy cars make up for it.
THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS: TOKYO DRIFT (2006)
In order to avoid jail time, a misbehaved teen car racer is sent to live with his father in Tokyo. However, he finds himself in trouble once again when he becomes a major competitor in drifting. Many critics found it having a very predictable script and got mixed reviews from fans as well, some calling it a plain and pointless film yet some say it’s the most underrated from the series. Which side are you on? Watch it again to jog your memory!
Wait! You need to know the fast and furious basics before watching- The correct movie order to watch in is 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 3, 7, 8, and, (for now) “Hobbs and Shaw.” There are also two official “Fast and Furious” shorts that take place before the second and fourth movies.
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