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Ranking the "Fast & Furious" Franchise From Worst to First: A 20th Anniversary Celebration of Fast Cars & Family!

I'm a lover of all things film & I do my best to be as objective as possible when reviewing/analyzing the medium I hold so dear.

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20 Years In the Making

Twenty years ago, I never would have imagined seeing the 2001 Point Break clone (The Fast and the Furious) become the mega-millions conglomerate franchise that it is today. It truly astounds me that we’ve come so far in this strange evolution of film, from its humble beginnings of a fun action flick about street racing that has now turned into adrenaline-pumping, machismo-fueled insanity that barely skids on the line of crossing over into full on science fiction territory. Although let’s not forget that it’s about family.

I’ll be the first to admit that I have a good time watching these movies and I haven’t regretted a single moment when sitting back to turn my brain completely off while viewing these extremely fun and mindlessly over-the-top, tongue planted firmly in cheek, action spectacles. By the third entry, this series has known exactly what it is; car/gearhead porn mixed with impressive vehicular stunts, melodramatic/soap opera-esque plot threads, themes of family, and a campy self-aware tone reminiscent of a 1980s Canon Studios feature or an Andy Sidaris flick.

Is this series everyone’s cup of tea? No, not even remotely. However, if anyone goes into a Fast & Furious movie nowadays, they should rightfully know exactly what they’re getting into as all these installments have made themselves abundantly clear what they’re about and what experience we’re in for. I’ve been accused of being the type of critic who simply can’t have fun with a movie, being called “too analytical” or that all I enjoy are titles with a more artistic aesthetic… I’ve been a loyal fan of practically all of the Fast & Furious titles, I know how to not take a movie too seriously when it’s made just right. These movies, to me, are a f*ckin’ blast!

Currently missing the Hobbs & Shaw movie... I'm so embarrassed!

Currently missing the Hobbs & Shaw movie... I'm so embarrassed!

Which brings me to the article seen before you. I’ve decided after reviewing the 2001 original picture that I had a tad bit more to say about the rest of the series. So I figured, why not rank the entire lot while giving my brief thoughts on each entry as I list them from what I consider to be the worst to what I crown to be the best these movies have to offer! Is my word law and there is no disputing the opinions I write here? Yes, that is exactly right. I am God… I mean… okay, I could maybe POSSIBLY be capable of not being 100% accurate and so my rankings might not match what others would claim is the true order of worst to best.

Let’s keep this one detail in mind though while reading my article; it’s my article, I shall do with it as I please. I’m smart, you’re dumb. I’m big, you’re little. I’m right and you’re wrong. And there’s not a thing you can do about it! Nanna nanna, boo boo!! Alright, alright. In all seriousness, I’d love to talk more on the subject if anyone has anything more to add so we can discuss it in depth. Now, without further ado, here is my completely correct and indisputable ranking of worst to first Fast & Furious flicks that is in no way biased in the slightest!!!

F9: The Fast Saga has not been officially released yet as of writing this article.

F9: The Fast Saga has not been officially released yet as of writing this article.

*DISCLAIMER*

At the time of writing this article, F9: The Fast Saga has not yet been theatrically released so for the time-being the 2021 installment will be excluded from the list until a later date when I have had the chance to see it for myself and ponder a little bit where it may fall within the ranking.

It's About Family.

— Dominic Toretto

I'm sorry, but this is the worst one.

I'm sorry, but this is the worst one.

10) 2 Fast 2 Furious [2003]

The Plot: Former cop Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) is called upon to bust a dangerous criminal and he recruits the help of a former childhood friend and street racer (Tyrese Gibson) who has a chance to redeem himself.

Largely speaking, I enjoy all of these entries under the Fast & Furious brand… with the exception of 2 Fast 2 Furious. I’m sorry, this is the only one I can’t get behind as I never felt the energy present in the rest of the movies, yet is non-existent here. As a kid, I recall my biggest issue being the sorely missed dynamic between Paul Walker and Vin Diesel. From my point of view, if I’m is going into a direct sequel to the 2001 movie then it’s not unreasonable to expect the return of the two leads, because that’s the element most people would likely be most excited to see continue. Instead we’re being introduced to a completely different duo that we haven’t had any time to invest in and grants little opportunity to ever really care. Plus, the script attempts to force a completely new romantic lead as well for Brian; which I feel does a disservice to Jordana Brewster’s character, Mia.

Nowadays though I see more shortcomings in the screenplay being a low-rent knockoff of Miami Vice with Brian encompassing the Crockett role while Roman is more or less Tubbs as they both faceoff against a stock villain of the week. There are some parts about the movie I like, mainly the cast who all does their best with what little they’re given. Other than that, it lacks the spark I long for in these movies. It also relied way too heavily on terribly dated CGI in certain sections of the film. Although when there were practical stunts being performed on location with all these cars frantically scattering all onset together, those sequences are well done. Then again, it became rather tedious to feel the movie pathetically trying to one-up its predecessor yet constantly falling short. Sadly not very good and I rarely revisit anymore.

Film Letter Grade

2 Fast 2 Furious gets a D grade. Not a total fail, but could have been much better.

2 Fast 2 Furious gets a D grade. Not a total fail, but could have been much better.

A sequel that steps in the right direction.

A sequel that steps in the right direction.

9) Fast & Furious [2009]

The Plot: Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker), back working for the FBI in Los Angeles, teams up with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) to bring down a heroin importer by infiltrating his operation and seeking revenge for the death of Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).

For some, this fourth installment is considered to be a return to form; centering on the characters from the first movie while legitimately continuing their story rather than doing its own unrelated thing. Technically I do enjoy the movie while I’m watching it, afterwards though I do find myself only moments later forgetting what actually happened in it. There’s not a whole lot that makes Fast & Furious ’09 stack up against the rest as being anything all that special. Most of the action set pieces are fine with a few cool moments and the story promises to be more of a raw, personal tale of revenge yet settles for being a fairly standard summertime blockbuster.

There are elements that I do like seeing in this movie. For instance, it is nice to see Paul, Vin, Sung Kang, Jordana Brewster, and Michelle Rodriguez back; although Jordana and Michelle are criminally underutilized here. This was also roughly when the tone started dipping its toes into what would be a far less grounded in reality feel with more outlandish stunts being performed in the action, but is only the stepping stones as it doesn’t venture too vastly into that territory just yet. The CGI isn’t very good, but the rare practical stunts are decent. Vin Diesel is probably the best part of the whole movie as his character, Dom, has to deal with grief throughout his arc. Giving Dom a well-rounded yet melancholic dimension to him this time around, which was refreshing to see as he also has to hide away grief turned to vengeful anger as the plot goes along.

Fast & Furious '09 is fun, but somewhat forgettable. Gonna have to get a C- in my book.

Fast & Furious '09 is fun, but somewhat forgettable. Gonna have to get a C- in my book.

Let's get zany!

Let's get zany!

8) The F8 of the Furious [2017]

The Plot: When a mysterious woman named Cipher (Charlize Theron) seduces Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

At this point we’re entering into the section of the list where the order could shift and change on any given day based on my mood. Some days I might say F8 ranks higher than this, but today I’m feeling that slot number 7 is its rightful place. We’ve also come across the sequel with probably the most absurdity to its plot and action, and I mean that in a good way. F8 is a bunch of fun from satellite controlled “zombie” cars, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson taking on fired torpedoes on arctic ice with his bare hands, and Charlize Theron relishing every second of being evil. Which, by the way, Theron is possibly my favorite antagonist out of the entire series.

I remember when I saw this particular entry in the theater back in 2017 and I had a really good time, but I also felt that something was missing. Turned out after a few years to watch it again, I felt there were actually two things missing. The first being the obvious, Paul Walker as Brian. Before now, I hadn’t realized how integral Walker’s part was when rounding out the lovable cast. Keeping that in mind on my recent second viewing, his presence is sorely missed. Not to say that it’s ever a bad movie without him, but after revisiting all of the franchise prior to seeing this one again, I really felt that loss. Unfortunately there is no replacing him.

Rest in Peace Paul Walker. September 12, 1973 - November 30, 2013

Rest in Peace Paul Walker. September 12, 1973 - November 30, 2013

The other absent key ingredient I was personally sad to see lost was my dad. I went more into detail about how sentimental I am for the Fast & Furious flicks because of my family, especially my father. Long story short, we would watch the first movie A LOT together. Hell, all of them. Even 2 Fast 2 Furious we watched more than we’d like to admit I’m sure. My father passed away in 2015, a couple of months after the release of Furious 7. I sadly wasn’t able to join him in seeing the movie, but from his reaction after the fact, I know he had a damn good time. Going into F8, it was the first time I truly felt a piece of myself missing while watching any film. It broke my heart. Probably why I decided not to revisit the movies for all these years. I miss my dad. I also know he would have been laughing alongside me in the ridiculousness. His goofy Wildman laugh he used to have, like a hyena.

Last picture I have of me and my dad together. Rest in Peace John Plocar Sr. September 30, 1964 - June 29, 2015

Last picture I have of me and my dad together. Rest in Peace John Plocar Sr. September 30, 1964 - June 29, 2015

Apologies for bringing the mood depressingly down in my writing here, it’s hard for me to separate the franchise from my father. To me, they go hand in hand. So I suppose since losing my dad, as well as Paul Walker from the cast, the series won’t ever truly be the same for me again. Doesn’t mean I won’t still be first in line buying a ticket to see the next one.

Fate of the Furious gets a B- from me! A good time, but missing a little something.

Fate of the Furious gets a B- from me! A good time, but missing a little something.

Still going strong & as silly as ever!

Still going strong & as silly as ever!

The Plot: Cipher (Charlize Theron) enlists the help of Jakob (John Cena), Dom's younger brother to take revenge on Dom (Vin Diesel) and his team.

7) F9: The Fast Saga [2021]

My first viewing of F9: The Fast Saga is still fairly fresh, so I'm not entirely sure if down the line its ranking will change. As of right now though, I'm placing it in the number 7 spot. Admittedly it's relatively difficult to not place this one higher on the list because I had an extremely enjoyable time sitting in the theater watching F9; from beginning to end I was in sheer bliss, laughing and having the time of my life witnessing the franchise exceed in its own ridiculous potential. Attempting to outdo everything it's done before to be as over-the-top and melodramatic as possible. And we finally made it to space... next step should be merging the Fast & Furious franchise with Jurassic World!

Use of magnets in the movie provides some really cool action sequences!

Use of magnets in the movie provides some really cool action sequences!

Rocket car brings us to space!

Rocket car brings us to space!

Something that bothered me after seeing the movie was when I noticed the amount of odd criticism against it. Don't get me wrong, I can totally understand why the Fast & Furious movies aren't everyone's cup of tea. However for someone to walk into the ninth installment of a franchise which has made itself abundantly clear that these movies are silly popcorn action flicks not to ever be taken too seriously and then criticize it for not being very realistic, pointing out all the plot holes that make no sense... I'm sorry, but that's exceptionally moronic to me. To expect that this series would suddenly shift gears as if to include a more grounded tone or actually care about what "makes sense" is probably a more unrealistic prospect than anything in these already bonkers movies. That's like walking into the next Star Wars movie expecting it to turn into a romantic comedy starring Patrick Dempsy. The Fast & Furious flicks have long abandoned all logic for over a decade now, do yourself a favor and accept these facts or don't even bother watching the next one because I guarantee it'll continue on the streak of silliness!

It really is hard not bumping this up to maybe the number 5 slot on my list, but I also really love the movies in my top 6 and am not sure if I truly want to disrupt that order or not. Regardless, I'm confident that this was a terrific time in the theater. Every nonsensical plot turn and physics defying stunt left me begging for more. If movies were food, F9 would probably be the most unhealthy junk food one could digest... but it's so f*cking delicious I just can't help myself from getting a fatal heart disease downing every second of its epically mindless fun.

F9: The Fast Saga gets an enthusiastic grade of a B! Maybe it should be higher given how high space is, but I suppose this will do for now!

F9: The Fast Saga gets an enthusiastic grade of a B! Maybe it should be higher given how high space is, but I suppose this will do for now!

Bring on the six cheese extravaganza!

Bring on the six cheese extravaganza!

6) Fast & Furious 6 [2013]

The Plot: Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has Dominic (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) reassemble their crew to take down a team of mercenaries: Dominic unexpectedly gets sidetracked with facing his presumed deceased girlfriend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).

I’ll say that the sixth installment is where we fully abandon all logic, venturing straight into “toon town,” embracing the overly dramatic plot threads and dialog pertaining to family; throw out everything you know about physics, gravity, and the medical boundaries of the human body. None of that matters now, Fast & Furious 6 makes up its own rules on what is possible whether it makes any sense or not! It’s a delight watching the franchise attempt to one-up itself through its action with a surprising amount of practical vehicular stunts being performed at this point of 2013, while also becoming a melodramatic soap opera including a former character being brought back from the dead with total amnesia; as well as having the team faceoff against their own evil doppelgangers as the villains. This movie is an absolute riot.

Another aspect I appreciate about this is the fact that it gives Michelle Rodriguez far more respect by supplying her way more material to work with, as opposed to the last installment she was present in from the 2009 reboot, which gave her maybe five to ten minutes of screen time max before presumably killing her off for good. Which to me was a slap in the face as she is a talent who deserves far more than that.

Michelle Rodriguez is a badass.

Michelle Rodriguez is a badass.

Luckily, the tone of the franchise shifted in a way to where I can easily accept that her character just so happens to still be alive with total memory loss and so happens to work with the bad guys. Sure. I am perfectly fine with this happening because the series is obviously aware that it’s ludicrous (not the actor Ludacris who is actually part of the cast in the franchise). It takes these silly ideas and runs with them without ever taking itself too seriously. As if it’s a story written by children playing with their toys... “And then a giant tank comes out of nowhere and Dom has to save the love of his life, who’s falling in mid-air, by crashing his car into the barricade of a bridge to propel out of his car and catch her and land onto another car on another bridge right next to it!” It’s insane and I adore the innocent optimism from a sequence like this.

Be a kid again and just have fun with Fast & Furious 6. Gonna be a solid B grade good time!

Be a kid again and just have fun with Fast & Furious 6. Gonna be a solid B grade good time!

The buddy-cop flick of the series!

The buddy-cop flick of the series!

5) Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw [2019]

The Plot: Lawman Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and outcast Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) form an unlikely alliance when a cyber-genetically enhanced villain (Idris Elba) threatens the future of humanity.

I have a slightly off relationship with the Hobbs & Shaw movie. Where the movie shines, it shines oh so very bright. That largely being the hostile chemistry of our leads played by the always spectacular Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. These two work wonders off one another and I love watching every second of their ego fueled banters and quirkily violent competitions with each other, like seeing who’s the tougher guy by beating the sh*t out of the baddies around them. Watching them in this was like watching a fun ‘80s to early ‘90s buddy-cop movie akin to Tango & Cash or 48 Hours. The whole cast is quite terrific with Idris Elba clearly enjoying his time onset as practically a Superman-Terminator hybrid.

Where it faulters though is the out-of-place adlibbing dialog that would rear its ugly head completely out of nowhere while refusing to go away. There were too many instances where scenes like these needed to remain on the cutting room floor. Unfortunately they remained in the movie to push the runtime to as close to the two and a half hour mark as possible. Another thing I find to be a nuisance is the action. Not to say it’s ever bad, because it’s not. There is a lot of action… a… LOT… of action. Numerous action sequences constantly trying to out-do the last to the point where it gets somewhat exhausting as it feels less like watching a fun summer blockbuster and more I’m watching my friend play a video game while he’s hogging the controller to never let me have a turn. It became a smidge draining.

Seeing how Hobbs & Shaw still wound up in my top 5 on the list, at least for now, seems clear that the positives far outweigh the negatives. It’s fun with lovable characters, stylish cinematography, and despite being a little too much, the action is still a massive spectacle to behold.

Hobbs & Shaw has some issues with editing, but overall still manages a pleasant B- grade.

Hobbs & Shaw has some issues with editing, but overall still manages a pleasant B- grade.

This time we're going to Japan!

This time we're going to Japan!

4) The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift [2006]

The Plot: A teenager named Sean (Lucas Black) becomes a major competitor in the world of drift racing after moving in with his father in Tokyo to avoid a jail sentence in America.

While the 2009 installment symbolized the franchise returning to form with their key players in the cast, Tokyo Drift was the one that truly revitalized the entire series and was the stepping stone in making the series what it is today. All thanks to director Justin Lin with his invigorating spirit that was a breath of fresh air with an all-new and superbly likable cast. Exciting car chases and races throughout with really terrific stunts not seen in the series prior. Incorporating a whole different style of street racing called “drifting” that brought the series back to life in a cool new way.

Outside of the 2001 original, Tokyo Drift was likely the Fast & Furious sequel my family would revisit the most. There was just something about the lively tone and energetic personality of the script that kept us coming back for more. In all honesty, there would be nights where we would plan a Fast & Furious marathon, but would end up skipping the second movie so we could get to Tokyo Drift faster. I won’t apologize, this third entry is a hell of a good time. Some of the CGI doesn’t hold up the best, although that’s easily overlooked with the amount of solid practical work shining through.

Tokyo Drift gets a refreshing B+ on the Fast & Furious scale of awesome!

Tokyo Drift gets a refreshing B+ on the Fast & Furious scale of awesome!

The one that made everyone cry.

The one that made everyone cry.

3) Furious 7 [2015]

The Plot: Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) seeks revenge against Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his family for his comatose brother.

Furious 7, also known as the only Fast & Furious flick to make people cry in the theater. Seriously, I don’t think there was a dry eye in the whole damn country when everyone went to see Paul Walker’s final appearance. Especially if we’re talking about the concluding moments of the movie honoring the deceased actor in a bittersweet farewell. It is a surprisingly effective ending to a movie that is mostly not meant to be taken remotely serious as it includes secret agents, world dominating technology ripped straight out of a James Bond flick, the always unrealistic action that goes out of its own way to be epically cartoonish, and Jason Statham basically acting like Buggs Bunny to show up out of literally nowhere just to sabotage the team’s plans. It is, what I would call, a hoot.

There are two main reasons why Furious 7 admittedly ranks so high; the first being the mentioned handling of Paul Walker’s departure, the second is the contribution of James Wan in the director’s chair. The way he handles the story and action in this movie is extremely impressive given that one of his lead actors had passed away basically midway through production. To see how Wan was able to overcome that major obstacle by not shying away from Walker’s character, but actually taking it head-on by incorporating him as much as possible. Even when it pertained to filming scenes they didn’t have the actor present for anymore, yet still found a way to keep him in part of the story in a mostly organic fashion.

Cody Walker filling in for Paul's absence.

Cody Walker filling in for Paul's absence.

On my first viewing, I only noticed a few moments where it was apparent Walker wasn’t actually present as the filmmakers would resort to filming his character in silhouette or use CGI over another actor’s face. If memory serves me right, it was Paul Walker’s brother who acted as his body double. Upon second viewing though, I gave it a vastly closer inspection and noticed just how little Wan had to work with for Walker’s footage as there is quite the significant amount which was definitely accomplished by secondary actors and special effects work. Don’t get me wrong, it’s never bad work at all. It honestly makes me respect the film all the more seeing how hard these artists truly had to problem solve in order to complete this picture. All of this is why the seventh feature makes it into the number three spot, seeing how it had to deal with problems that none of the other productions ever had to face. At least not yet and hopefully not ever.

Furious 7 does a lot to salvage its own self and succeeds with a B+

Furious 7 does a lot to salvage its own self and succeeds with a B+

First in my heart... just not on this list.

First in my heart... just not on this list.

2) The Fast and the Furious [2001]

The Plot: When shipping semitrucks are being hijacked, it’s up to Los Angeles police officer Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) to find and arrest the culprits. Soon Brian must decide where his loyalty really lies when he becomes enamored with the street racing world he has been sent undercover to infiltrate and take down. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) seemingly at the center of it all as he rules the roads after dark. Will our hero find his way out of this chaotic whirlwind of lightning fast cars, spontaneous love, and furious gunfire raining down on him?! You bet your ass it’s worth seeing to find out!

{Yes, I did want that to sound as ridiculously cheesy as possible. Thanks for asking.}

I’ve already discussed in depth how I feel about this movie. I acknowledge that it is ultimately a lesser version of the Kathryn Bigelow classic Point Break; a cop has to go undercover with a group of adrenaline junkies and along the way his loyalties with justice and his newfound friends gets murky. There’s a cool and awesome leader of the gang he becomes best friends with, a romance blooms, and action ensues. Instead of surfing though, it revolves around street racing. And instead of being deliciously set in the early ‘90s, we’re stumbling into an awkward early 2000s… somehow this movie still works its magic to give us a good time!

1991 vs. 2001

1991 vs. 2001

Yes, I will proudly admit that this list is far from anywhere close to achieving objectivity. Are there other entries that probably deserve this spot? Yeah, probably. Do I care? Absolutely not! Why? Because the first movie is the one I’m probably closest to in sentiment and nostalgia. Again, I elaborate a lot further in my official review of the 2001 picture, but this movie was the one my family watched the most. Also, it was one of the select sum titles my father would use to calibrate his home theater and sound system when I was a kid. So many times would he listen to the roaring of the engines, firing of the pistons, the cars soaring through the room at lightning speeds, and the laughably out of place 2001 soundtrack.

Because of all these reasons is why the first movie ranks in the second slot of the list. Not to mention it’s also quite incredible going back to a phase where the characters weren’t indestructible. By the time the actors reprise their fictional counterparts, they’ve gotten to the point where a bullet to the abdomen is practically a scratch. However, tuning back to the first venture we get the sense that these characters could get legitimately hurt or even die. Something that’s been mostly lost and forgotten. Hell, even when a character does meet their demise… they’re resurrected only a couple sequels later; i.e. Letty and Han. So I admire the franchise’s humble beginnings along with the fact that this lands closest to my heart as well.

The original 2001 feature that started all is getting a B. Is it the best? No, but it remains a delight after all these years.

The original 2001 feature that started all is getting a B. Is it the best? No, but it remains a delight after all these years.

No one makes me bleed my own blood.

No one makes me bleed my own blood.

1) The Pacifier [2005]

The Plot: Having recovered from wounds received in a failed rescue operation, Navy SEAL Shane Wolfe (Vin Diesel) is handed a new assignment: Protect the five Plummer kids from enemies of their recently deceased father – a government scientist whose top-secret experiment remains in the kids’ house.

Wait… what the f*ck?! This isn’t right. Hold on. I think my files got mixed up. This is obviously some sort of joke because no one watched The Pacifier… except me and my family… in the theater… I am ashamed.

The real best of the best!

The real best of the best!

1) Fast Five [2011]

The Plot: Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew of street racers plan a massive heist to buy their freedom while in the sights of a powerful Brazilian drug lord (Joaquim de Almeida) and a dangerous federal agent, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), who’s on the hunt for Dom and his family.

For real this time, Fast Five is my number one pick out of the entire Fast & Furious franchise. When I think of the quintessential Fast & Furious experience, this is it right here. A rapid pace that rarely lets off the gas, yet when it does it gives just the right amount of character to keep us engaged. The movie also mixes a few different subgenres together; a manhunt thriller crossed with a stylish heist flick, all while being injected pure gearhead obsessed love and an action junkie personality that we now associate the series inseparably. Essentially becoming a hybrid of Ocean’s Eleven and The Fugitive meets the Fast & Furious… which is badass. This is when all rules are thrown right out the window and the filmmakers prioritize having fun over everything else, which somehow just works so wonderfully.

From start to finish, we are provided a perfect balance of high octane action to an outrageous sense of logic infused with a self-aware and lighthearted tone. We stray from any form of realism to replace it with explosive action spectacle and a tremendous amount of heart in the car worshiping family trying to make their way to freedom. Also, the addition of Dwayne Johnson as the hard-ass agent Hobbs assigned to take down these no-good sumn’ bitches is easily one of the best decisions out of the whole series. Hobbs is an intimidating dude who is played to hulking perfection by Johnson. He’s frikkin’ awesome as a quasi-villain for our lovable fugitives trying their best thwarting Hobbs from arresting them… or maybe even killing them if he’s pushed to that line.

This man's goatee is just glorious.

This man's goatee is just glorious.

I’d say this movie truly comes to life, establishing the reason why we love watching these movies so much is the interaction between all of the characters. The dynamic between everyone is like catching lightning in a bottle between Dom’s seemingly stoic demeanor until pushed too far, Brian being the charming smartass, Mia as the glue who holds them together while also holding her own when things get hairy, Vince the hotheaded little brother type who wants to do good yet makes a little trouble too, Roman the big mouthed wordsmith, Tej the brilliant suave, Han being the coolest and most chill man in any room he’s ever walked in, Gisele the badass who could probably snap my neck with her leg in a single move, then of course Leo and Santos the bilingual goofballs. Everyone works magic off one another with some of the best chemistry out of an ensemble cast that I’ve ever personally seen. The entire cast brings their A-Game here and it is wildly satisfying to see for the very first time.

Turned out finding a picture of the entire cast proved more difficult than I anticipated.

Turned out finding a picture of the entire cast proved more difficult than I anticipated.

*SPOILER ALERT*

Lastly, another reason why I rank Fast Five above all the rest is because of the climax. That third act is just so damn good! Pumping me up so much as soon as we see that giant metal safe flying through the streets of Rio, a lot of which was accomplished practically it seems, is simply one of the coolest action sequences I’ve seen in a movie in the last ten years. I remember when I saw it all happening on the big screen and was grinning ear to ear, right alongside my whole family, cheering and laughing. Having a grand time at the movies. That’s the feeling I love most when I’m in a theater, feeling pure joy running through my veins and I must let it out in celebration. It’s something truly special which doesn’t happen often in the cinema, so we have to hold those rare moments near and dear to our hearts.

Grade A for Fast Five!

Grade A for Fast Five!

The whole series thus far!

The whole series thus far!

Favorite of the Fast & Furious Saga

If You Prefer Having the Whole Series In One Pack Instead of Separately

That’s All Folks!

Fast & Furious… The only thing that could make this franchise better is if it added dinosaurs… I’m still keeping hope for a crossover with Jurassic World. What do you think though? Do you like or dislike the franchise? Agree or disagree with my list? Wonder if the series will go on for another 20 years? Comment down below and let me know! Also, if you so happen to have enjoyed my review then please do me a favor and share this article around the social media world. Thank you all so much for reading and have yourselves a furiously fast good day!

© 2021 John Plocar

Comments

John Plocar (author) from Weatherford on June 25, 2021:

@Hira

Thank you!

hira from faisalabad on June 25, 2021:

Well Written

John Plocar (author) from Weatherford on June 25, 2021:

@Noel

You're right. It's about family. Always.

Noel Penaflor from California on June 25, 2021:

Thanks for the shout out and I think we should remember it's all about family.

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