By on June 15, 2021

Gustavo Frazao/Shutterstock.comThe Fast and Furious franchise is apparently coming to an end, at least in terms of movies that feature the main cast (who knows what other content there will be, in terms of video games or spinoffs, et cetera).

I can’t say I am sad. Despite my car-guy bona fides, I’ve never been a fan of the flicks. Yes, the cool cars are, well, cool, but I can’t get past the ridiculous technical errors when it comes to how cars work (this makes me a hypocrite since I can suspend disbelief when it comes to space and physics for Star Wars, but whatever, it still bothers me), the ridiculous plot lines, and the cheesy acting. I guess the very first movie isn’t completely unwatchable, but if I want to watch a car movie, I’m cueing up Ford Vs. Ferrari or Rush. Or Smokey and the Bandit.

How about you? Will you be sad to see Dom Toretta and company ride off into the sunset? Or are you glad that Hollywood might find another way to play with cars?

[Image: Gustavo Frazao/]

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20 Comments on “QOTD: Too Fast, Too Furious?...”

  • avatar
    Land Ark

    I won tickets to an advanced showing of the first movie. It was entertaining, but the crowd in the theater was even more entertaining. People were raucous reacting loudly to what was happening. It was the most vocal any audience had been at a movie I’d been to.

    I saw the second one in the theater and it was nowhere near as much fun – the movie or the audience.

    And I saw Tokyo Drift the first night I arrived to visit my friend in Tokyo. It was just ok as a movie, but I have a soft spot for it since it reminds me of my favorite place in the world.

    And that’s the extent of the F&F films I’ve seen. The other movies just had nothing of interest for me to dedicate the time to watching them. So I will not shed a tear for the franchise coming to an end.

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    I saw the first one (which came out when I was in the 9th grade) and the first one with the Rock (apparently #5 in 2011) and I’ve been on the Universal Studios ride. It’s fine. I don’t watch a lot of movies to be honest.

    I also put a 0% chance that we won’t be seeing “F&F:The Next Generation” in the future and that the original cast will be making plenty of cameos.

  • avatar

    After 26 sequels this storied franchise comes to an end… for now.

  • avatar
    Steve Biro

    The first F&F film was okay and reasonably entertaining. I didn’t bother with the rest. I’m not big on sequels in any genre and there are far-better car movies out there. So, no, I won’t be sad if the series stops here. I feel a bit bad for Vin Diesel. He’s been badly typecast and is capable of more. On the other hand, I’m sure he has much more money than I do. :)

  • avatar

    I watched 20 minutes, found it boring and was done with it. There are better car movies. How about “The Punisher”?

  • avatar

    The thing about the Fast and Furious franchise is that they kinda morphed from being car movies to being action blockbusters with cars in them.

    Regardless of their allegiance to the laws of physics, the first 3 movies are pretty good time-capsules of a certain type of car culture of the early 2000s. With, imo, Tokyo Drift as being the least fanciful exploration.

    Still, i dont think anyone actually thinks rhe franchise is over. We still have at least 1 Hobbs and Shaw sequel to get through, right? Cant wait to see what ridiculous vehicle The Rock benchpresses next.

    • 0 avatar

      Given recent pictures of The Rock, I’m guessing that he’s benchpressing the sub that somehow seemed to go 100mph under the Russian ice pack in Fate of the Furious.

      Maybe I’ll watch F9 when FX/FXM/FXX decides to show it at least twice a day like the other movies in the franchise, but I don’t see me parting with cash for this one in the theater. And I think if you were to put The Rock, Statham, Cena, and Diesel in a room together, I think all of the “supplemental” testosterone might reach critical mass and take everyone out in a blinding flash.

      One of the best laughs I’ve gotten in a while – watch CinemaSin’s Sin Counting of The Fate of the Furious. He holds the films in extra contempt…

  • avatar

    Jason Mendoza had it right: “Number five is number one. Number seven is number two. Number three and number four are tied for number three.”

    The key to enjoying the franchise is recognizing that they’re not car movies, they’re science fiction movies that use cars instead of spaceships. But even that wore out its welcome after Paul Walker died. It’s time.

  • avatar

    I could never get behind it, because of the utterly banal FAMILY theme Dom keeps shouting left and right. Much more to my taste, and arguably far better positioned to explore themes of the role of cars in modern life – despite the escalating antics of flying cars – was Luc Besson’s series called Taxi. Immigrant adaptation, racial relations, being a gearhead despite supposed better middle class trajectories, the tension between neighborhood kids split into cops and thieves, belonging in changing urban landscapes…. all far more enjoyable than repeatedly belching out the tired “family” trope in the dystopian thematic skeleton Hollywood relies on to cultivate infantile audiences.

  • avatar

    F&F taught me that any car can be given a huge burst of speed by simply slamming the gear shift lever back as hard as possible. The harder you slam it, the faster you go. (This is why all the male stars of the movie must have huge muscles.) Doesn’t matter if you’re in an automatic and doesn’t matter which gear you’re in *.

    * When driving in reverse, one must slam the gear lever forward for the burst of speed

  • avatar

    Watched part of the first one. Didn’t like it.
    Can’t believe how many they made.

  • avatar
    Rick T.

    If you’re not familiar with Ryan George’s body of pitch meetings, you have really missed out. FF7 follows

  • avatar

    Recently watched the original (1974) Gone in 60 Seconds [valuable footage of car dealerships of the time (surprisingly similar to car dealerships of today) – plus Parnelli Jones].

    Then watched 1974’s Towering Inferno (where else are you going to see Steve McQueen and Paul Newman and Faye Dunaway *and* Fred Astaire [dancing very little] *and* O. J. Simpson [working security] and Richard Chamberlain and Robert Wagner and even Dabney Coleman).

    Was underwhelmed with the vehicles of 1974 and the acting of 1974 and most things about 1974.

  • avatar

    Like a few posters above, I barely made it 20 minutes into the original F & F before rolling my eyes and switching it off. It was beyond a cheesefest-it had some of most cringe-worthy acting, plot (such as it was), and usage of automotive terminology. F&F ruined it for the nitrous oxide industry…is isn’t “noss”, dammit! (and, NO! Your car will not all of a sudden sound and accelerate like an F16 on full boil once you hit the magic button….).
    I used to sell auto parts (retail and wholesale). If I had a dollar for every kid who came in and wanted a “noss” kit, fart-cannon muffler, and comically oversized wing for their parental hand-me-down Accord/Camry/Olds Cutlass Ciera, I could’ve retired to Cranky Ex-Parts-Guy-ville a long time ago.

  • avatar

    Fast and Furious franchise is like Marvel or DC. Over the top CGI.

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