The Fast and the Furious: From the Best to the Worst

Updated on April 17, 2017
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

Prologue

The Fast and the Furious has been a successfully phenomenal franchise, beginning in 2001 and is still going strong 16 years later. There have been eight films total and two more are planned. In the following article, I will list all 8 films from the best to the worst.

Best #1: Furious 7

Furious 7 earns top spot for its emotional goodbye tribute to the late Paul Walker who was killed in a tragic accident on November 30, 2013. The film not only upped the stakes and the action, but also pushed every cast member to their limits both physically, mentally, and emotionally. They had all just lost their closest friend and to continue with the film and finish it took a lot of strength. On top of it all, Cody Walker stepped in to fill his brother Paul's scenes for half of the film. The facial CGI was astounding and difficult to differentiate what was computerized and what was real. It was clear that a lot of work, love, and effort was put into this film and for that reason I give Furious 7 a 4 out of 4.

Best #2: The Fate of the Furious

The one thing that fascinates me about this series is the fact that they constantly outdo themselves with stunts and action. The Fate of the Furious brought together the Fast & Furious family and pit them against the one person they weren't prepared to face: Dom. After being backed into a corner by super hacker and terrorist Cipher, Dom is forced to turn his back on his closest friends and follow her every instruction. Almost everyone returns and that makes this film all the more special. Charlize Theron proves she's one serious badass of a villain and I hope to see her in later films. I give The Fate of the Furious 3.5 out of 4.

Best #3: Fast & Furious 6

After pulling off one of the biggest heists in history, Dom, Brian, and the rest of the crew have retired from the crime life in a non-extradition country to live out their lives in peace. But it isn't long until Hobbs comes knocking at their door asking for help to bring down Owen Shaw and his crew. Why would Dom accept such a request? Because Hobbs has intel which states that Letty, Dom's previously-assumed-dead-girlfriend, may very well be alive. The film has a well-written plot and the action and stunts never fails to amaze. I give the film a 3.5 out of 4.

Best #4: The Fast and the Furious

They say the first is always the best, but with this franchise the first is the 4th best. The first film will always have a place in my heart though because of the fact that this is how it all started and it's the film that brought all these incredible people together. The film focused more on street racing and local gang trouble, which made the film more real and more personal than any of the others. It wasn't a state-of-the-art film by any means but it was a fun ride with a lot of heart and meaning. I give The Fast and the Furious a 3 out of 4.

Half-Way Point

Here's the line between the best and the worst. Now, a few of these aren't that bad but could have used some work to make them better. Some have script issues and some have acting issues and some have all kinds of issues. So now let's begin our look at the bottom four entries of the Fast & Furious series.

Worst #4: Fast Five

Fast Five has a ton of potential and was almost a great film. The thing that hindered it the most was the introduction of Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) into the series. Now, while I understand that a rough and tough man was needed to hunt down the most skilled crew on earth, and Dwayne is very good at both rough and tough, the execution fell short. His performance was stiff, unbelievable, and borderline annoying. While the fight between him and Diesel was incredible, Dwayne himself needed a lot of work. Otherwise, I enjoyed the film and had they addressed that issue, it would have been bumped up to the best section. I give Fast Five a 2.5 out of 4.

Worst #3: Fast & Furious

Fast & Furious was an ambitious soft reboot of the franchise after parts 2 and 3 turned out to be real clunkers. Vin Diesel returned to the series as Dominic Toretto, which honestly renewed interest in the then-dying series. The problem with this film was too much CGI. For the most part the F&F series uses real stunts in order to make each film look and feel as real as possible but this entry used not only too much CGI but shoddy-looking CGI. It was painfully clear that most of the film was faked which really took away from what could have been an excellent breath of fresh air. I give Fast & Furious 2 out of 4.

Worst #2: 2Fast 2Furious

2Fast 2Furious had a similar problem that Fast & Furious had: the CGI was rather awful. However, 2Fast didn't use it nearly as much. What caused 2Fast to really suffer was the acting. Even Eva Mendes, who is normally a very good actress, was rather stiff and spotty with her line delivery. The big bad, Cole Hauser, was even worse, causing the viewers to laugh when he talked. There was absolutely nothing threatening about him which makes one wonder why the FBI had such a difficult time capturing him. I will say that the addition of Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris was a fun and smart decision. Paul Walker returned which was a plus, but Vin Diesel did not, which was a huge let down. Overall, I give 2Fast 2Furious a 2 out of 4.

Worst #1: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

Watching The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift was almost like watching one of those Feature Films for Families that Family TV puts out every now and then. The acting was horrible, the cast virtually unknown, and very little care was put into the film. Thankfully, the series gradually got better after this low-point and has learned from its mistakes. I give The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift a 1.5 out of 4.

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Conclusion

Every franchise has its great moments and its forgettable ones but thankfully the Fast & Furious series has had more hits than misses. They've learned from their mistakes and now pour every ounce of their hearts and minds and creative talents into their films in order to make films the cast and crew can be proud of and films that will awe and astound the audience.

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