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The Fast and the Furious
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Fast & Furious 1–6 film Blu-ray box set
Directed by
Produced by
Screenplay by
Based on "Racer X"
by Ken Li
Starring
Music by
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
2001–present
Country United States
Language English
Budget $759 million
Box office $3.907 billion[1]

The Fast and the Furious (also known as Fast & Furious) is an American franchise including a series of action films, which center around illegal street racing and heists, and various other media portraying the characters and situations from the films. Distributed by Universal Pictures, the series was established with the 2001 film titled The Fast and the Furious; followed by six sequels, two short films that tie into the series, and as of May 2015,[1] it has become Universal's biggest franchise of all time.[2]

Films[edit]

The Fast and the Furious (2001)[edit]

Theatrical release poster for The Fast and the Furious

The film is based on an article, titled "Racer X", about New York street clubs that race Japanese cars late at night, although the film is set primarily in Los Angeles. While elite street racer and ex-convict Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew: Jesse (Chad Lindberg), Leon (Johnny Strong), Vince (Matt Schulze) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), are under suspicion of stealing expensive electronic equipment by hijacking moving trucks, Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) is an undercover police officer who attempts to find out who exactly is stealing the equipment. He works for FBI agent Bilkins (Thom Barry) and LAPD Sgt. Tanner (Ted Levine).

Falling for Dominic's younger sister, Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster), Brian later confesses to her his status as an undercover police officer and convinces her to come with him to save her brother and his friends from the truck drivers, who have now armed themselves to combat the robberies. He tracks Dominic's location by triangulating his cell phone signal and they arrive at the hijacking in-progress to find Letty, badly injured at the car accident, and Vince critically wounded, having lacerated his arm and been shot by the truck driver. Brian and Mia work together with Dominic, Leon and Letty to rescue Vince. Brian then makes the difficult decision to blow his cover to the crew by phoning in for a medivac. The revelation enrages Dominic, fleeing with Leon, Letty, and Mia as the medivac arrives for Vince.

Brian soon follows Dominic to his house and holds him at gunpoint to prevent him from fleeing further. Jesse arrives shortly afterwards, apologizing for his actions at Race Wars and pleading for Dominic's help with Johnny Tran (Rick Yune). Moments later, Tran and his cousin Lance Nguyen (Reggie Lee) perform a drive-by shooting, killing Jesse. Brian and Dominic chase them, with Dominic driving his late father's modified 1970 Dodge Charger. Dominic forces Lance's motorcycle off the road, severely injuring him, while Brian shoots and kills Tran. Afterwards, Brian and Dominic engage in an impromptu street race, narrowly avoiding a passing train. However, Dominic collides with a semitruck and rolls his car twice, injuring himself, and rendering the Charger undrivable. Instead of arresting him, Brian hands over the keys to his Supra and lets Dominic escape, using the line "I owe you a ten-second car".

After the credits, Dominic is seen driving through Baja California, Mexico in a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)[edit]

Main article: 2 Fast 2 Furious
Theatrical release poster for 2 Fast 2 Furious

Watched by undercover Customs Agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes), Brian is caught by US Customs agents and given a deal by FBI Agent Bilkins and Customs Agent Markham (James Remar) to go undercover and try to bring down drug lord Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) in exchange for the erasure of his criminal record. Brian agrees but only if he is given permission to choose his partner, refusing to partner with the agent assigned to watch him. Brian heads home to Barstow, California, where he recruits Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), a childhood friend of Brian who had served jail time and is under house arrest, to help him. Pearce agrees, but only for the same deal Brian was offered, and with the help of Monica, Brian and Roman work together to take down Verone. After acquiring confiscated vehicles and being hired by Verone as his drivers, the duo return to a Customs/FBI hideout, where Roman confronts Markham over the latter's interference with the mission. After the situation is cooled down, Brian tells Bilkins and Markham that Verone plans to smuggle the money into his private jet and fly off, but also suspects something wrong with Monica's role in the mission.

Later, Brian and Roman race two of Verone's drivers for their cars and begin to devise a personal back up plan if the operation goes awry. Roman confronts Brian about his attraction to Monica and the constant threat of Verone's men. On the day of the mission, Brian and Roman begin transporting duffel bags of Verone's money, with two of Verone's men Enrique (Mo Gallini) and Roberto (Roberto Sanchez) riding along to watch Brian and Roman. Before the 15-minute window is set, the detective in charge, Whitworth (Mark Boone, Jr.), decides to call in the police to move in for the arrest, resulting in a high-speed chase across the city. The duo lead the police to a warehouse, where a scramble by dozens of street racers disorient the police. Following the scramble, police manage to pull over the Evo and the Eclipse, only to find out that they were driven by two members of Brian's new crew, friends, Tej Parker (Ludacris) and Suki (Devon Aoki).

As Brian approaches the destination point in a Yenko Camaro, Enrique tells him to make a detour away from the airfield. Meanwhile, Roman gets rid of Roberto by using an improvised ejector seat in his (orange) Dodge Challenger powered by nitrous oxide. At the airfield, Customs Agents have Verone's plane and convoy surrounded, only to discover they are duped into a decoy maneuver while Verone is at a boatyard several miles away. As he knew Monica was an undercover agent, he gave her the wrong information on the destination point and plans to use her as leverage. When Brian arrives at the intended drop-off point, Enrique prepares to kill him when Roman suddenly appears and the both of them dispatch Enrique. Verone makes his escape aboard his private yacht, but Brian and Roman use the Yenko Camaro and drive off a ramp, crashing on top of the yacht. The duo manage to apprehend Verone and save Monica.

With their crimes pardoned, Brian and Roman ponder on what to do next other than to settle in Miami when the former mentions starting a garage. Roman asks how they would afford that and Brian reveals that he took some of the money, as Roman also reveals that his pockets aren't empty, having taken money for himself.

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

Theatrical release poster for The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

This film's story occurs sometime after Fast & Furious 6 with a scene that was later made concurrent with events in Furious 7.

After totaling his car in an illegal street race, Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) is sent to live in Tokyo, Japan, with his father, a U.S. Navy officer, in order to avoid juvie or even jail.

While in school, he befriends Twinkie (Bow Wow), a "military brat" who introduces him to the world of drift racing in Japan. Though forbidden to drive, he decides to race against Takashi (Brian Tee) aka D.K. (Drift King) who has ties to the Yakuza. He borrows a Nissan Silvia from Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang), now a business partner to Takashi, and loses, totaling the car because of his lack of knowledge of drifting – racing that involves dangerous hairpin turns. To repay his debt for the car he destroyed, Sean must work for Han. Later on, Han becomes friends with Sean and teaches the young racer how to drift.

Takashi's uncle Kamata (Sonny Chiba) (the head of the Yakuza) reprimands Takashi for allowing Han to steal from him. Takashi confronts Han, Sean and Neela (Nathalie Kelley), and in doing so, they flee. During the chase, Han is killed in a car accident as his Veilside Mazda RX-7 catches on fire. Takashi, Sean, and his father become involved in an armed standoff which is resolved by Neela agreeing to leave with Takashi. Twinkie gives his money to Sean to replace the money Han stole, which Sean then returns to Kamata.

Sean proposes a race against Takashi to determine who must leave Tokyo. Sean and Han's friends then build a Ford Mustang '67, with an inline-6 engine and other parts salvaged from Han's Nissan Silvia that Sean had wrecked. Sean wins the race. Later, Sean is challenged by Dominic.

Fast & Furious (2009)[edit]

Theatrical release poster for Fast & Furious

About five years after the events of the first film, Dominic and his new crew (Letty, Han, Leo, Santos and Cara) have been hijacking fuel tankers in the Dominican Republic. When their trail gets too hot, Dominic disbands the crew. However, he is later informed that Letty has been murdered. Dominic returns to Los Angeles where he finds traces of nitro-methane at the crash site, and tracks the buyer of the gas to David Park. Meanwhile, Brian O'Conner, who has been working as an FBI agent, is tracking down a drug trafficker named Arturo Braga. When Brian and Dominic cross paths at David Park's apartment, Dominic is about to drop David out the window. But Brian intervenes, and works a scheme where he enters a street race where the winner would join Braga's team of drivers. Although Dominic wins the four-car race by bumping Brian's car, Brian later joins the team by replacing one of Braga's other drivers.

The team meets Fenix Calderon (Laz Alonso) who directs them to drive the heroin across the border using underground tunnels to avoid detection. Brian realizes that the drivers are to be killed following the mission, and when Fenix reveals to Dominic that he killed Letty, Dominic detonates the nitrous in his car, blowing up a bunch of vehicles. In the chaos, Brian hijacks the Hummer that is carrying the heroin. Dominic and Brian drive back to Los Angeles, hiding the heroin in an impound lot. When Dominic learns Brian was the last person to contact Letty, he attacks him until Brian reveals that Letty was working undercover for Brian, tracking down Braga in exchange for clearing Dominic's name. Brian negotiates with the agency to free Dominic if they can lure Braga into personally coming to exchange the heroin for cash. However, at the drop site, it is revealed that the Braga they arrested was a decoy, and that the real Braga (John Ortiz) has escaped, fleeing to Mexico.

Suspended from duty, Brian joins Dominic to go to Mexico and in hopes of catching Braga. Although Braga agreeably surrenders, they are pursued by Braga's men through town and then the tunnels. Fenix T-bones Brian's car right outside the tunnel exit, but before he can kill Brian, Dominic drives into Fenix. As the police arrive, Dominic refuses to escape, saying he is tired of running. Despite Brian's request for clemency, the judge sentences Dominic to 25 years to life. During the prison bus ride to Lompoc penitentiary, Brian and Mia, along with Leo and Santos, arrive in their cars and intercept the bus.

Fast Five (2011)[edit]

Main article: Fast Five
Theatrical release poster for Fast Five

When Dominic "Dom" Toretto is being transported to Lompoc Prison by bus, his sister Mia Toretto and friend Brian O'Conner lead an assault on the bus, causing it to crash and freeing Dom. While the authorities search for them, the trio escapes to Rio de Janeiro. Awaiting Dom's arrival, Mia and Brian join their friend Vince and other participants on a job to steal three cars from a train. Brian and Mia discover that agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are also on the train and that the cars are seized property. When Dom arrives with the rest of the participants, he realizes that one of them, Zizi, is only interested in stealing one car, a Ford GT40. Dom has Mia steal the car herself before he and Brian fight Zizi and his henchmen, during which Zizi kills the DEA agents assigned to the vehicles. Dom and Brian are captured and brought to crime lord Hernan Reyes, the owner of the cars and Zizi's boss. Reyes orders the pair be interrogated to discover the location of the car, but they manage to escape and retreat to their safehouse.

While Brian, Dom, and Mia examine the car to discover its importance, Vince arrives and is caught trying to remove a computer chip from it. He admits he was planning to sell the chip to Reyes on his own, and Dom forces him to leave. Brian investigates the chip and discovers it contains details of Reyes' criminal empire, including the locations of US$100 million in cash.

Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs and his team arrive in Rio to arrest Dom and Brian. With the help of local officer Elena Neves, they travel to Dom's safehouse, but find it under assault by Reyes' men. Brian, Dom and Mia escape; Dom suggests they split up and leave Rio, but Mia announces she is pregnant with Brian's child. Dom agrees to stick together and suggests they steal the money from Reyes to start a new life. They organize a team to perform the heist: Han, Roman, Tej, Gisele, Leo, and Santos. Vince later joins the team after saving Mia from being captured by Reyes' men.

Hobbs and his team eventually find and arrest Dom, Mia, Brian, and Vince. While transporting them to the airport for extradition to the United States, the convoy is attacked by Reyes' men, who kill Hobbs' team. Hobbs and Elena are saved by Dom, Brian, Mia, and Vince as they fight back and escape, but Vince is shot in the process and dies. Wanting to avenge his murdered team, Hobbs and Elena agree to help with the heist. The gang breaks into the police station and tear the vault holding Reyes' money from the building using their cars, dragging it through the city. After an extensive police chase, Dom makes Brian continue without him while he attacks the police and the pursuing Reyes, using the vault attached to his car to smash their vehicles. Brian returns and kills Zizi while Reyes is badly injured by Dom's assault. Hobbs arrives on the scene and kills Reyes. Though Hobbs refuses to let Dom and Brian go free, he gives them a 24-hour head start to escape on the condition they leave the vault as it is. However, the vault is empty as it had been switched during the chase. After splitting the cash (Vince's share is given to his family), they go their separate ways.

On a tropical beach, Brian and a visibly pregnant Mia relax. They are met by Dom and Elena. Brian challenges Dom to a final, no-stakes race to prove who is the better driver.

In a mid-credits scene, Hobbs is given a file by Monica Fuentes concerning the hijack of a military convoy in Berlin, where he discovers a recent photo of Dom's former girlfriend Letty, who had been presumed dead.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)[edit]

Main article: Fast & Furious 6
Theatrical release poster for Fast & Furious 6
Fast & Furious 6
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Justin Lin
Produced by
Written by Chris Morgan
Based on Characters 
by Gary Scott Thompson
Starring
Music by Lucas Vidal
Cinematography Stephen F. Windon
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
Running time
130 minutes[3]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $160 million[4]
Box office $788.7 million[4]

Fast & Furious 6 (alternatively known as Furious 6 or Fast Six)[5] is a 2013 American action film directed by Justin Lin and written by Chris Morgan. It is the sixth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. The film stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges, Sung Kang, Luke Evans, Gina Carano, and John Ortiz. Fast & Furious 6 follows a professional criminal gang led by Dominic Toretto (Diesel) who have retired following their successful heist in Fast Five (2011), but remain wanted fugitives. U.S. Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs (Johnson) offers to clear the group's criminal records and allow them to return home in exchange for helping him to take down a skilled mercenary organization led by Owen Shaw (Evans), one member of which is Toretto's presumed-dead lover Letty Ortiz (Rodriguez).

Fast & Furious 6 was in development by February 2010 as the first film in the series to move away from the underground car-racing theme of the series' previous films which was considered to have placed a barrier on audience numbers. Pre-production had begun by April 2011, and principal photography began in London, England in July 2012. Filming locations also included the Canary Islands, Glasgow, and Los Angeles. The film was first released in the United Kingdom, on May 17, 2013, followed by an international release on May 24, 2013. A sequel was released on April 3, 2015.

Plot[edit]

Following their successful Rio heist, Dom Toretto and his professional criminal crew have fled around the world: Dom lives with Elena; his sister Mia lives with Brian O'Conner and their son, Jack; Gisele and Han live together; and Roman and Tej live in luxury. DSS agents Luke Hobbs and Riley Hicks investigate the destruction of a Russian military convoy by a crew led by former British SAS Major and special ops soldier Owen Shaw. Hobbs persuades Dom to help capture Shaw by showing him a photo of the supposedly long-dead Letty Ortiz, Dom's former lover. Dom and his crew accept the mission in exchange for amnesty, allowing them to return to the United States.

In London, Shaw's hideout is found, but this is revealed to be a trap, distracting them and the police while Shaw's crew performs a heist at an Interpol building. Shaw flees by car, detonating his hideout and disabling most of the police, leaving Dom, Brian, Tej, Han, Gisele, Hobbs, and Riley to pursue him. Letty arrives to help Shaw, shooting Dom without hesitation before escaping. Back at their headquarters, Hobbs tells Dom's crew that Shaw is stealing components to create a deadly device, intending to sell it to the highest bidder. Meanwhile, Shaw's investigation into the opposing crew reveals Letty's relationship with Dom, but she is revealed to be suffering from amnesia. Dominic's crew learns that Shaw is connected to a drug lord imprisoned by Brian, Arturo Braga. Brian returns to Los Angeles as a prisoner to question Braga, who says Letty survived the explosion that seemingly killed her; Shaw took her in after discovering her amnesia. With FBI help, Brian is released from prison, regrouping with the team in London.

Dom challenges Letty in a street racing competition; afterwards, he returns her cross necklace he had kept. After Letty leaves, Shaw offers Dom a chance to walk away, threatening to otherwise hurt his family, but Dom refuses. Tej tracks Shaw's next attack to a Spanish NATO base. Shaw's crew assaults a highway military convoy carrying a computer chip to complete his deadly device. Dom's crew interferes while Shaw, accompanied by Letty, commandeers a tank, destroying cars en route. Brian and Roman manage to flip the tank before it causes further damage, resulting in Letty being thrown from the vehicle and Dom risking his life to save her. Shaw and his crew are captured, but reveal Mia has been kidnapped by Shaw. Hobbs is forced to release Shaw, and Riley, Shaw's covert accomplice, leaves with him; Letty chooses to remain with Dom.

Shaw's group board a large moving aircraft on a runway as Dom's crew gives chase. Dom, Letty, and Brian board the craft; Brian rescues Mia, escaping in an onboard car. The plane attempts take-off, but is held down by excess weight as the rest of the team tether the plane to their vehicles. Gisele sacrifices herself to save Han from a henchman; Letty kills Riley and escapes to safety, but Dom pursues Shaw and the computer chip. As the plane crashes into the ground, Shaw is thrown from it, and Dom drives a car out of the exploding plane. Dom reunites with his crew, and gives the chip to Hobbs to secure their pardons. Dom and the others return to his old family home in Los Angeles. Hobbs and Elena, now working together, arrive to confirm the crew’s freedom; Elena accepts that Dom loves Letty. As Roman says grace over the crew’s meal, Dom asks Letty if the gathering feels familiar; she answers "no, but it feels like home."

In Tokyo, Han is involved in a car chase when he is suddenly broadsided by an oncoming car. The driver walks away from the scene after leaving Letty's cross necklace by the crash, and calls Dom as Han's car fatally explodes, saying, "You don't know me. You're about to."

Cast[edit]

For more details on the characters, see List of The Fast and the Furious characters.

Rita Ora has an uncredited cameo role in the film.[6] Jason Statham appears uncredited in a cameo scene amid the end credits.[7]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In February 2010, Diesel confirmed that production of Fast Five was commencing and also announced that a sixth installment was being planned.[8] In January 2011, producer Neal H. Moritz said more:[9]

In Vin and my mind we already know what the sixth movie is, we’ve already been talking about it. Vin and I have had numerous conversations about what that might be. And we’re starting to get serious about it right now. We just finished [Fast Five] like 4 or 5 weeks ago and we just needed a break, and now we’re gonna start focusing on that.

In April 2011 it was confirmed that Chris Morgan had already begun work on a script for a potential sixth film at the behest of Universal Studios.[10] It was also confirmed that Universal intended to transform the series from street-racing action into a series of heist films with car chases in the vein of The Italian Job (1969) and The French Connection (1971), with Fast Five as the transitional movie.[10] Universal chairman Adam Fogelson said:[10]

The question putting Fast Five and Fast Six together for us was: Can we take it out of being a pure car culture movie and into being a true action franchise in the spirit of those great heist films made 10 or 15 years ago?

Fogelson said that the racing aspect had put a "ceiling" on the number of people willing to see films in the series, and that, by turning it into a series where car driving ability is just one aspect of the film, he hoped to increase the series' audience.[10] On Johnson's character, Fogelson added "[Johnson] also wants to appear in and be integral to the action in Fast Six."[10]

On June 24, 2011, Universal Pictures announced that the anticipated sequel is scheduled for release on May 24, 2013.[11] Moritz and Diesel returned as producers and Lin returned to direct.[11] In an interview with Box Office, Lin revealed that he had, after discussions with Diesel, storyboarded, previsualized and edited a twelve-minute finale for Fast Six before filming was completed on Fast Five. Lin said he shot the footage as he was unsure at the time if there would be a sequel or if he would be able to direct it, but he wanted to have input on how any sequel would end.[12] On October 21, 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported that Universal was considering filming two sequels—Fast Six and Fast Sevenback to back with a single story running through both films; both written by Morgan and directed by Lin.[13] On December 20, 2011, Diesel stated that Fast Six would be split into two parts, with writing for the two films occurring simultaneously. On the decision, Diesel said:[14]

We have to pay off this story, we have to service all of these character relationships, and when we started mapping all that out it just went beyond 110 pages ... The studio said, 'You can't fit all that story in one damn movie!'[14]

On April 23, 2012, it was announced that mixed martial arts fighter Gina Carano was in negotiations to play a member of Hobbs' team.[15] On May 1, 2012, Michelle Rodriguez was confirmed to be reprising her role as Letty Ortiz,[16] and it was announced that Welsh actor Luke Evans had been offered a role as a villain.[17] Evans was confirmed to join the cast on May 9, 2012, portraying the leader of a heist gang.[18] On July 27, 2012, Joe Taslim was confirmed to appear as a villain, Jah.[19] On February 15, 2012, Johnson confirmed that Fast Six would begin filming in May 2012, with some of the production to take place in the United Kingdom and Germany. Johnson stated that the two intended sequels would no longer be filmed simultaneously because of weather issues in filming locations, and that production on Fast Seven would only begin after the completion of Fast Six.[20] However, filming did not officially begin until July 30, 2012.[21] In February 2013, it was confirmed that the film would be titled Fast & Furious 6.[22]

Principal photography[edit]

Filming began on July 30, 2012, in London, England,[21][23][24] and Shepperton Studios in Surrey.[25] While Fast & Furious 6 became only the third production to be allowed to film in Piccadilly Circus (a scene involving Diesel and Rodriguez drag racing), Lin was unable to obtain permission to shoot an elaborate action sequence there involving an exploding oil tanker, and so a replica of the landmark was built at Shepperton.[26][27] The production were given only two minutes every hour to shut down the area for filming.[28] The London shoot including filming on Lambeth Bridge.[29] Stunt and car chase scenes began filming on location in Glasgow, Scotland on August 29, 2012, and were scheduled to conclude on September 16, 2012. The shoot took place entirely at night and involved approximately 250 crew, but none of the central cast. Sets were built on site for the scenes including a large car showroom.[30][31] Filming was scheduled to take place at the former Royal Air Force base RAF Bentwaters in late August 2012 until early September 2012.[32]

Shooting also occurred on Spain's Canary Islands including the island of Tenerife and Gran Canaria. Filming had been intended to take place in Marseille, France, but was relocated to the islands to take advantage of a larger tax rebate (38%) that was estimated to lower filming costs by $20 million.[33]

On October 11, 2012, Walker suffered an ACL injury during a stunt, forcing the production to film around his scenes until he recovered.[34] A scene involving a plane crash began filming at the former RAF station RAF Bovingdon, Hertfordshire on October 30, 2012, and was scheduled to conclude on November 9.[35] Filming for a car chase scene took place on Dale Street in Liverpool City Centre, and also the Queensway Tunnel over four days in November 2012.[28][36][37] Two days of filming were spent at HM Treasury's Government Offices Great George Street, which served as a nightclub.[38]

The final phase of filming took place in Echo Park, Los Angeles beginning on December 1, 2012. The shoot returned the series to the filming location of the original The Fast and the Furious, and required the garage setting of that film to be rebuilt by carpenters.[39] By December 17, 2012, it was reported that filming had concluded.[40] Post-production was heavily condensed; by March 2013, Lin was attempting to complete approximately 18 months' worth of post-production in a 12-week period. Lin was aided by five film editors, specialist teams focused on visual effects and color timing, and sound mixers that required two movie-theater-sized stages alone.[27]

Stunts[edit]

For Owen Shaw's Flip Car, Lin tasked the film's vehicle designer with developing a car capable of driving head first into moving vehicles and flipping them into the air. McCarthy and his team designed a fully functional, low to the ground, formula racing car with a ramp on its front that allowed it to catapult other cars into the air while keeping the Flip Car driver safe.[41][42]

For Rodriguez's and Carano's fight in the London Underground, producers refused to let the pair attempt a stunt where their characters battle over a stair rail and fall down a stairwell, fearing a serious injury would derail filming; stunt women performed the practical stunt. Morgan's scripted rendition of the fight was described as a catfight on steroids, but Rodriguez provided input to turn it into more of a street fight. Rodriguez said: "Originally in the script, it was a lot more 'Terminator'-esque — too far-fetched to be believed... Things just happened so quick and then I'm on top? Justin and I had to bust our booties to get it more realistic. I was like, 'This [woman] needs to kick my ass!'" Rodriguez and Carano rehearsed their fight choreography over two months, with trained fighter Carano undergoing extra practice to ensure her strikes looked credible without hitting hard enough to harm Rodriguez.[43] Under the direction of fight choreographer Olivier Schneider, the fight was designed to be brutal but realistic, representing Carano's "cop with fight training" and Rodriguez's street fighting.[44]

The parkade explosion Shaw lures Dom's team into combined on-set pillars that could be detonated alongside dust mines which could be used as a reference for the digital artists to create the appearance of the structure sinking into itself.[45] A scene involving Evans' character commandeering a tank was originally intended to use CGI to portray the vehicle crushing cars along a Spanish highway, but the final scene used practical effects as the tank really ran over approximately 250 cars during filming.[27] The scene was shot over a three-mile stretch of highway in Tenerife lined with holiday resorts that had to be digitally removed to create a desolate appearance. The segment's finale that sees Roman leap to a nearby car and the tank flip was created digitally.[45]

The scene featuring Diesel smashing his car through the nose of a Soviet-era cargo aircraft during takeoff was conceived by Lin while producing Fast & Furious in 2009. At the time, the stunt was too expensive to film and did not fit into that film's story, but Lin commissioned digital pre-visualization artists to develop a mock-up of the idea. He attempted to revive the concept for Fast Five but the technology available proved insufficient and it still did not organically fit into the story.[27] Filming the climactic scene practically was considered unfeasible as it involved throwing tanks through the air and having cars race alongside the moving aeroplane at 100 miles per hour. Lin opted to build various plane sets instead: a thirty foot high, seventy five foot long, fifty foot wide replica of the fuselage complete with wheels; the tail of the plane with a ramp allowing the cars to drive in and out; and a full scale build of the central fuselage, with wings, engines and the nose, that could be set on fire. For Dom's car to explode through the plane's nose, a Dodge Charger was placed on a pneumatic cannon mounted inside a ramp which was then towed by a 4x4 truck, all concealed behind the plane's nose replica. This was then clad in material soaked in flammable materials. The cannon fired the Charger through the nose as the material is ignited for the practical effect. The stunt driver had a burning 40-ton plane rig chasing them down the runway afterwards. The scene involved more than 200 crew members, and over 350 visual effects (VFX) artists at VFX studio Double Negative to complete. A typical shot of the craft's destruction could take over 100 man days to complete. The VFX team combined the filmed explosions and smoke with digital augmentations to place the plane into the scene.[45]

Marketing[edit]

The film's first trailer was released during the 2013 Super Bowl on February 3. Among the six film trailers that launched at the event, Fast & Furious 6 generated widespread attention on social media, more than the other films (including Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness) combined according to data collection agency Fizziology. The extended version of the trailer had been viewed over 16 million times by February 17. The trailer's success was partially attributed to the film's stars promoting the trailer on their personal social networks. The The Fast and the Furious series marketing attempted to cultivate an online fan base which was also considered to have helped promote the film; the filmmakers responded to fan interaction, conducted an online poll to decide the title of Fast & Furious 6, brought back the character of Letty Ortiz based on fan feedback and encouraged fans to document the film's production with unofficial photos. Universal marketing co-president Michael Moses said: "We’re trying to remove the studio filter as much as possible, which is a little scary because you’re ceding control... But it makes for more authentic and organic interaction with fans."[46][47] The Super Bowl trailer, titled "Breathe", won two Golden Trailer Awards for Best Action TV Spot and Best Summer Blockbuster 2013 TV Spot, and the marketing campaign received a further three nominations: Summer 2013 Blockbuster Trailer and Best Sound Editing for the "Trailer" trailer, and Best Teaser Poster.[48] A 15-piece clothing line was also produced in partnership with Guess, including T-shirts, jackets, caps and watches.[49]

Continuing their partnership from Fast Five, the Facebook game Car Town by Cie Games and the theater chain Regal Entertainment Group (REG) collaborated with Universal in a cross-media marketing promotion. Car Town allowed players to view the trailer for the film in an REG-branded, in-game drive-in theater. The game also featured missions and locations based on the plot of the film, and allowed players to join forces with Fast & Furious 6 characters. REG offered players of Car Town the ability to purchase tickets in-game via Fandango for films at REG theaters. By buying these tickets in-game, players were given promotional codes which in turn allowed them to unlock a virtual 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8.[50]

Release[edit]

The premiere of Fast & Furious 6 took place on May 7, 2013, at the Empire cinema in Leicester Square, London.[51][52] The film was released in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2013, with the North American release on May 24.[53][54][55] While the film is officially titled Fast & Furious 6, its on-screen title card displays the title as simple Furious 6.[5]

Box office[edit]

Fast & Furious 6 earned $239 million in North America and $550 million elsewhere for a worldwide total of $789 million.[4] Calculating in all expenses, Deadline.com estimated that the film made a profit of $135.1 million.[56] Worldwide, it is the forty-sixth highest-grossing film, the sixth highest-grossing 2013 film[57][58] and the fourth highest-grossing Universal film.[59] On the weekend of June 14–16, 2013, it became the second highest-grossing film in the Fast and the Furious franchise worldwide behind Furious 7, as well as separately in North America and outside North America.[60][61]

Outside North America, it is the highest-grossing film in the Fast and Furious series,[62] the second highest-grossing Universal film[59] and the second highest-grossing 2013 film.[63] In the United Kingdom, the film took $4.4 million during its opening day from 462 screens, the biggest opening day for both The Fast and the Furious franchise and Universal in that market, the second-highest opening of 2013 behind Iron Man 3 ($4.7 million), and the number 1 film of the day with 54% of the market.[55] It finished as the number 1 film of the weekend, taking a total of $13.8 million; this figure made it the biggest opening for the franchise, Universal, a Vin Diesel or Dwayne Johnson film, and the second-biggest opening of 2013 again behind Iron Man 3 ($17.6 million).[64] The film opened in fifty-nine territories the following weekend alongside the North American opening, placing as the number 1 film in each and earning $160.3 million; it set opening-weekend records in the United Arab Emirates, the Middle East, and Argentina[65] (the latter was first surpassed by Monsters University).[66] In China, the Fast & Furious 6 opened to $6.9 million, making it Universal's highest-grossing film in the territory. It earned its 66th number 1 opening, earning $23.6 million during its opening weekend, $3 million of which came from IMAX screenings.[67][68]

In North America, Fast & Furious 6 debuted simultaneously with the comedy The Hangover Part III and the animated feature Epic. It opened for midnight showings on May 23, 2013, in 2,409 theaters. It took $6.5 million, nearly doubling Fast Five's midnight gross ($3.8 million) which faced less direct competition. On its opening day, Fast & Furious 6 earned $38.7 million (including midnight earnings) from 3,659 theaters.[69][70] The film finished the 4-day Memorial Day weekend in first place, taking $117.0 million, which was the fourth-highest 4-day Memorial Day opening.[71] The audience was diverse, with Latinos representing 32%, women 49%, and 57% over the age of 25.[72]

Critical reception[edit]

Fast & Furious 6 received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a rating of 69%, based on 188 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "With high-octane humor and terrific action scenes, Fast & Furious 6 builds upon the winning blockbuster formula that made Fast 5 a critical and commercial success."[73] Metacritic gives the film a score of 61 out of 100, based on 39 critics, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[74] CinemaScore polls reported that the average grade moviegoers gave the film was an "A" on a scale of A+ to F.[70]

Fast & Furious 6 was generally considered to effectively mix absurd action scenes and outrageous stunts with a predictable but enjoyable plot and character dialog.[75][76][77] IGN's Jim Vejvoda said that the film is a crowd pleaser whose fun moments outweighed failed attempts at humor and unintentionally comical dialog.[78] Other reviewers highlighted the likable cast,[79] ludicrous action, playful approach to the plot,[80] and ability to immerse the audience in the high speed chases and conflict between the two opposing gangs.[77] Digital Spy's Ben Rawson-Jones said the tone successfully mixed self-conscious spectacle with the central characters' teamwork, bonding and familial spirit.[77] Conversely, Slant Magazine's Chris Cabin said the film was smug, cynical and insubstantial that delivered overly sentimental drama and forced comedy that seemed unaware "of how dumb the material is".[81] The Daily Telegraph's Tim Robey labeled the film as slow-witted with a random and generic plot,[82] and Time Out London's Derek Adams said the film featured puerile dialog, daft performances and flat comic repartee.[81][83] IndieWire said that the film forsakes realistic set-pieces (comparing it to the 2012 superhero film The Avengers), which undermined any attempts at creating tension.[84]

Empire's Owen Williams noted that Fast & Furious 6 lacked the same surprise as Fast Five without Johnson's antagonist Hobbs, and suggested that the large cast of returning characters had made Evans' Owen Shaw unable to make an impression as the new villain.[75] Scenes of dialog and character progression were criticized as slow,[82] and laughably bad.[79] Evans' Owen Shaw was repeatedly singled out as a refreshing and charismatic addition to the cast, though others described the character as generic and dull.[77][79][82][85]

Lin's direction of the action set-pieces was described as lavish and exquisite.[77][82] The cinematography received a mixed response. Variety's Scott Foundas appreciated the attention to spatial geography and complicated, single, continuous shots which were compared to the best of James Bond and Mission: Impossible films, and Rawson-Jones said that the nocturnal races in London made excellent use of the environment.[77][86] The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy considered that the action scenes were cut too fast, failed to provide a sense of speed for the vehicles and were mired by poor angles and nocturnal settings that obscured the view.[85] View London's Matthew Turner considered that the action lacked imagination, with the London-based segments amounting to little more than a geographically inaccurate race past landmarks.[79]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2013
Golden Trailer Awards[87] Best Action TV Spot Breathe (Super Bowl Trailer) Won
Best Summer Blockbuster 2013 TV Spot Breathe (Super Bowl Trailer)
Summer 2013 Blockbuster Trailer Nominated
Best Sound Editing
Best Teaser Poster
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie: Action/Adventure Won
Choice Summer Movie Star: Male Dwayne Johnson Nominated
Choice Summer Movie Star: Female Michelle Rodriguez
Choice Movie: Chemistry Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, & Paul Walker
Hollywood Film Festival Best Film
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award Best Stunts Won
2014
People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Nominated
Favorite Action Movie
Favorite Action Movie Star Vin Diesel
IGN's Best of 2013 Movie Awards[88] Best Action Movie Won
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture Nominated
Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Awards[89][90] Best Sound Editing: Sound Effects & Foley in a Feature Film Peter Brown Nominated
MTV Movie Awards[91] Best On-Screen Duo Vin Diesel & Paul Walker Won
Saturn Award Best Action or Adventure Film Won
Best Editing Christian Wagner, Kelly Matsumoto and Dylan Highsmith Nominated
Premios Juventud Best Picture Won

Home media[edit]

Fast & Furious 6 DVD was released in the United Kingdom on September 16, 2013, and in Australia on October 3, 2013. In other countries Fast & Furious 6 DVD release has been confirmed for December 10, 2013.[92] FX has purchased the rights to air the movie on its network in 2015.[93] Following Walker's death on November 30, 2013, Universal announced that a portion of the profits from the film's North American sales would be donated to Walker's charity Reach Out WorldWide.[94]

Soundtrack[edit]

Lucas Vidal composed the musical score for Fast & Furious 6.[95] In addition to Vidal's score, tracks by composer Brian Tyler from the franchise's previous installments are also featured in the film.[96] A soundtrack album to the film was released by Def Jam Recordings on May 21, 2013. It features many electronic and hip hop tracks, including songs by deadmau5, Ludacris, and many others.[97]

Video games[edit]

A cooperative racing video game, titled Fast & Furious: Showdown, was released on May 21, 2013. Developed by Firebrand Games and published by Activision for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Nintendo 3DS, the game's story ties into the events in Fast & Furious 6, including bridging the events between the story of the film and those of its predecessor Fast Five, as well as the story of other films in the franchise.[98][99][100] It is a Grand Theft Auto-style action game and received mainly negative reviews. A mobile game, Fast & Furious 6: The Game, was developed by Exploding Barrel Games and published by studio Kabam. It was released on May 16, 2013, for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, and Android devices.[101] The story of Fast & Furious 6: The Game runs parallel to that of Fast & Furious 6, allowing players to race and customize vehicles alongside characters from the film.[102]

Sequel[edit]

Main article: Furious 7

A sequel, titled Furious 7, was announced in April 2013. Lin would not return to direct the sequel as Universal pursued an accelerated schedule for the film, with a release date scheduled for July 11, 2014, just over a year after the release of Fast & Furious 6. Lin was replaced by director James Wan that same month.[53][54][103][104] After the death of Paul Walker, the release date was postponed to April 3, 2015.[citation needed]

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Main article: Furious 7
Theatrical release poster for Furious 7

After defeating Owen Shaw and his crew and securing amnesty for their past crimes, Dominic "Dom" Toretto, Brian O'Conner and the rest of their team have returned to the United States to live normal lives again. Brian begins to accustom himself to life as a father, while Dom tries to help Letty Ortiz regain her memories. Meanwhile, Owen's older brother, Deckard Shaw, breaks into the secure hospital the comatose Owen is being held in and swears vengeance against Dom, before breaking into Luke Hobbs' DSS office to extract profiles of Dom's crew. After revealing his identity, Shaw engages Hobbs in a fight, and escapes when he detonates a bomb that severely injures Hobbs. Dom later learns from his sister Mia that she is pregnant again and convinces her to tell Brian. However, a bomb, disguised in a package sent from Tokyo, explodes and destroys the Toretto house just seconds after Han, a member of their team, is killed by Shaw in Tokyo. Dom later visits Hobbs in a hospital, where he learns that Shaw is a rogue special forces assassin seeking to avenge his brother. Dom then travels to Tokyo to claim Han's body, and meets and races Sean Boswell, a friend of Han's who gives him personal items found at Han's crash site.

At Han's funeral in Los Angeles, Dom notices a car observing them, and after a chase, confronts its driver, Shaw. Both prepare to fight, Shaw slips away when a covert ops team arrives and opens fire. The team is led by a man who calls himself Mr. Nobody, who says that he will assist Dom in stopping Shaw if he helps him obtain the God's Eye, a computer program that uses digital devices to track down a person, and save its creator, a hacker named Ramsey, from a mercenary named Mose Jakande. Dom, Brian, Letty, Roman Pearce, and Tej Parker then airdrop their cars over the Caucasus Mountains in Azerbaijan, ambush Jakande's convoy, and rescue Ramsey. The team then heads to Abu Dhabi, where a billionaire has acquired the flash drive containing the God's Eye, and manages to steal it from the owner. With the God's Eye near telecommunications repeaters, the team tracks down Shaw, who is waiting at a remote factory. Dom, Brian, Mr. Nobody and his team attempt to capture Shaw, but are ambushed by Jakande and his team, and are forced to flee while Jakande obtains the God's Eye. At his own request, Mr. Nobody is then left to be evacuated by helicopter. Left with no other choice, the team returns to Los Angeles to fight Shaw, Jakande and his men. Meanwhile, Brian promises Mia that once they deal with Shaw, he will dedicate himself entirely to their family.

While Jakande pursues Brian and the rest of the team with a stealth helicopter and an aerial drone, Ramsey attempts to hack into the God's Eye. Hobbs, seeing the team in trouble, leaves the hospital and destroys the drone with an ambulance. Ramsey then regains control of the God's Eye and shuts it down. Meanwhile, Dom and Shaw engage in a one-on-one brawl on a parking garage, before Jakande intervenes and attacks them both. Shaw is defeated when part of the parking garage collapses beneath him. Dom then launches his vehicle at Jakande's helicopter, tossing Shaw's bag of grenades onto its skids, before injuring himself when his car lands and crashes. Hobbs then shoots the bag of grenades from ground level, destroying the helicopter and killing Jakande. Dom is pulled from the wreckage of his car, believed dead. As Letty cradles Dom's body in her arms, she reveals that she has regained her memories, and that she remembers their wedding. Dom regains consciousness soon after, remarking, "It's about time".

Shaw is taken into custody by Hobbs and locked away in a secret, high-security prison, 32 meters underground. At a beach, Brian and Mia play with their son while Dom, Letty, Roman, Tej and Ramsey observe, acknowledging that Brian is better off retired with his family. Dom silently leaves, but Brian catches up with him at a crossroad. As Dom remembers the times that he had with Brian, they bid each other farewell and drive off in separate directions.

Fast 8 (2017)[edit]

Main article: Fast 8
Theatrical release poster for Fast 8

Vin Diesel hinted at an eighth film on Jimmy Kimmel Live! when he stated that Kurt Russell's character had been introduced in a role that would span multiple films. He also stated that the film would take place in New York.[1] Chris Morgan will write his sixth script in the franchise, while Neal H. Moritz will return to produce the film. Moritz later stated, "[The story] is going to have to be something enticing for all of us. It has to be as good as or better [than Furious 7]".[2] At the 2015 CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Diesel announced the film for an April 14, 2017 release date.[3][4] On August 16, 2015, at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards (where Furious 7 received the award for Choice Movie - Action and Paul Walker received the award for Choice Movie Actor - Action), Diesel announced that the film would be titled Fast 8.[5] In September 2015, Diesel stated that the script had almost been completed[6] and expressed interest in Rob Cohen, who directed the first film, to direct Fast 8.[7] On October 14, 2015, Diesel announced on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray would direct the film.[8][9]

In July 2015, Moritz said that Walker's character, Brian O'Conner, would not appear in the film, following the use of CGI in the previous film after Walker died in a single-vehicle accident on November 30, 2013, with Moritz stating that his character had "moved on".[10] It had previously been reported that Paul's younger brother, Cody Walker, would either join the cast in a new role[11] or replace his older brother in the role of O'Conner,[12] however it was later confirmed that he would not be returning to the franchise.[13] Moritz also said that the film would shift the focus of the franchise from a series of heist films to a spy caper, following a similar change in focus from street racing in Fast Five (2011).[14]

In January 2016, it was announced that Universal was seeking approval from the United States and Cuban governments to shoot the film in Cuba, marking the first film to be shot in the country in about 50 years.[15] Principal photography began on March 14, 2016, in Mývatn, Iceland,[16][17] where strong winds sent a plastic iceberg prop flying into and mortally striking a local horse, which was later euthanized.[18] Filming will commence in Akranes in the country's western region in April 2016, where the country's largest ever explosion will be carried out there for the film.[19] Filming is also scheduled to take place in Atlanta, Cleveland and New York later in the year.[20]

Diesel, Russell and Michelle Rodriguez were the first to confirm their involvement in the film, and Tyrese Gibson and Chris Bridges both confirmed their return soon after,[21] with Lucas Black having already signed on to reprise his role from The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) as Sean Boswell for Furious 7 and two more installments in September 2013.[22] In May 2015, Dwayne Johnson confirmed his involvement in the film, additionally hinting at a possible spin-off film involving his character, Luke Hobbs,[23] and Jason Statham confirmed his return whilst providing an update on the progress of the sequel to Crank: High Voltage, in which he was also involved.[24] In June 2015, it was reported that Eva Mendes would return to the franchise, reprising her role from 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) as Monica Fuentes,[25] and that Universal was considering Tommy Hatto for the role of "a racer with a close relationship to Fuentes".[26] It was also reported that Ronda Rousey would return, along with fellow UFC fighter Joanna Jędrzejczyk,[27] with Rousey citing Jędrzejczyk as her ideal on-screen opponent.[28] In July 2015, it was reported that Helen Mirren had been cast in the role of a second antagonist,[29] and that Orange Is the New Black actress Ruby Rose had joined the cast in a "sexy role".[30] It was also reported that Cara Delevingne was also being considered for the role of another villain.[31] In November 2015, Gibson expressed his desire for Matt Damon to join the cast.[32] In April 2016, Charlize Theron and Kristofer Hivju were confirmed as additions to the cast in villainous roles.[33][34]

Future[edit]

Dwayne Johnson has expressed interest in future films in the series and has stated that there are plans for a spin-off film featuring his character, Luke Hobbs, but that it would not be filmed or released until after Furious 7 was released.[35] Vin Diesel announced in an interview with Variety that potential spin-offs for the series were in the works.[36]

On February 2, 2016, Diesel announced the ninth and tenth films would be released on April 19, 2019 and April 2, 2021, respectively.[37]

Short films[edit]

Turbo-Charged Prelude (2003)[edit]

Main article: Turbo-Charged Prelude

The short film was included on a new print of the DVD of the first film in June 2003 to bridge the first two films. Brian O'Conner packs his bags and leaves Los Angeles, before the LAPD gets a chance to arrest him for letting Dominic escape. While the FBI launch a national manhunt for him, Brian travels across Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, winning in every street race he participates in, with his red Mitsubishi 3000GT. However, he is forced to ditch his car at a motel in San Antonio when police officers are notified of his presence. When they collect the car, he manages to hitch a ride from an unknown woman, despite her knowing who he really is. She drops him at a used car lot, with him realizing she knows that he is a wanted man. There, he buys a green Nissan Skyline GT-R R34. Later, collecting money from street races, he modifies the car with new rims and repaints it silver, with blue lightning vinyls on the sides, before traveling eastbound and winning more races on the way. Upon reaching Jacksonville, Florida, Brian heads south toward Miami, where he sees Slap Jack's Toyota Supra and Orange Julius' Mazda RX-7 (both 2 Fast 2 Furious characters) before the screen reads "2 be continued…".

Los Bandoleros (2009)[edit]

Main article: Los Bandoleros (film)

Leo Tego (Tego Calderón) is in a Dominican Republic prison, ranting about corporations holding back the electric car and starting wars for oil. Meanwhile, on the streets, Rico Santos (Don Omar) chats to an old man unable to find enough gas. Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang) arrives and is collected from the airport by Cara Mirtha (Mirtha Michelle) and Malo (F. Valentino Morales). They drive him back to Santos' house, where his aunt Rubia (Adria Carrasco) is struggling with rising prices linked to the cost of gasoline and Dominic is working on his car. The team then enjoy a welcome meal with the family. After breaking Leo out of prison, they head to a club, where Han and Cara flirt, while Dominic meets up with local politician Elvis (Juan Fernandez), who informs them of a window of opportunity to hijack a gasoline shipment. While relaxing at the club afterwards, Dominic is surprised by the arrival of Letty, who has tracked him from Mexico. The two drive together to the beach, where they "rekindle their relationship".

Storyline chronology[edit]

Bridging the narrative gap between two or more of the feature films in the series are two short films that were released. Also, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift does not take place third in the series but sixth of the feature films. Below is a table of all films, both short and feature length, in chronological order. Real world release dates are also noted.[38]

Chronological order
Title Release date
1
The Fast and the Furious June 22, 2001
2
Turbo-Charged Prelude June 3, 2003
3
2 Fast 2 Furious June 6, 2003
4
Los Bandoleros July 28, 2009
5
Fast & Furious April 3, 2009
6
Fast Five April 29, 2011
7
Fast & Furious 6 May 24, 2013
8
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift June 16, 2006
9
Furious 7 April 3, 2015
10
Fast 8 April 14, 2017

Characters[edit]

Crew and other[edit]

Crew/Detail The Fast and the Furious 2 Fast 2 Furious The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift Fast & Furious Fast Five Fast & Furious 6 Furious 7 Fast 8
Director Rob Cohen John Singleton Justin Lin James Wan F. Gary Gray
Producer(s) Neal H. Moritz Neal H. Moritz
Vin Diesel
Michael Fottrell
Matt Mraz
Neal H. Moritz
Vin Diesel
Clayton Townsend
Neal H. Moritz
Vin Diesel
Michael Fottrell
Matt Mraz
Writer(s) Screenplay by:
Gary Scott Thompson
Erik Bergquist
David Ayer
Based on:
"Racer X" by Ken Li
Screenplay by:
Michael Brandt
Derek Haas
Story by:
Michael Brandt
Derek Haas
Gary Scott Thompson
Written by:
Chris Morgan
Based on characters by:
Gary Scott Thompson
Cinematographer(s) Erison Core Matthew F. Leonetti Stephen F. Windon Amir Mokri Stephen F. Windon Stephen F. Windon
Marc Spicer
Stephen F. Windon
Composer BT David Arnold Brian Tyler Lucas Vidal Brian Tyler
Editor(s) Peter Honess Bruce Cannon
Dallas Puett
Kelly Matsumoto
Dallas Puett
Fred Raskin
Christian Wagner
Fred Raskin
Kelly Matsumoto
Fred Raskin
Christian Wagner
Christian Wagner
Kelly Matsumoto
Dylan Highsmith
Greg D'auria
Leigh Folsom Boyd
Christian Wagner
Leigh Folsom Boyd
Dylan Highsmith
Kirk M. Morri
TBA
Costume Designer(s) Sanja Milkovic Hays Sanja Milkovic Hays
Craciunica Roberto
Sanja Milkovic Hays
Production Designer Waldemar Kalinowski Keith Brian Burns Ida Random Peter Wenham Jan Roelfs Bill Brzeski TBA
Running time 106 minutes 107 minutes 104 minutes 107 minutes 130 minutes 137 minutes (extended - 140 minutes) TBA
MPAA rating PG-13 PG-13 (Theatrical version)
Unrated (Extended version)
TBA
BBFC rating 15 12 TBA

Reception[edit]

For more details on the reception of each film, see the "Reception" section on each film's article.

Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Box office ranking Budget Ref(s)
North America Other
territories
Worldwide All time
North America
All time
Other territories
All time
worldwide
The Fast and the Furious June 22, 2001 $144,533,925 $62,750,000 $207,283,925 #299 #573 $38,000,000 [39]
2 Fast 2 Furious June 6, 2003 $127,154,901 $109,195,760 $236,350,661 #388 #476 $76,000,000 [40]
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift June 16, 2006 $62,514,415 $95,953,877 $158,468,292 #1,121 $85,000,000 [41][42]
Fast & Furious April 3, 2009 $155,064,265 $208,100,000 $363,164,265 #281 #257 #244 $85,000,000 [43]
Fast Five April 29, 2011 $209,837,675 $420,132,129 $629,969,804 #137 #85 #89 $125,000,000 [44]
Fast & Furious 6 May 24, 2013 $238,679,850 $550,534,814 $789,214,664 #101 #38 #49 $160,000,000 [45]
Furious 7 April 3, 2015 $353,007,020 $1,163,038,891 $1,516,045,911 #30 #3 #5 $190,000,000 [46]
Total Total $1,290,792,051 $2,609,705,471 $3,900,497,522 12[47][48] -[49] 8[50] $759,000,000 [51]
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Critical and public response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Fast and the Furious 53% (147 reviews)[52] 58 (29 reviews)[53] B+[54]
2 Fast 2 Furious 36% (159 reviews)[55] 38 (35 reviews)[56] A-[54]
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% (113 reviews)[57] 46 (31 reviews)[58] A-[54]
Fast & Furious 28% (173 reviews)[59] 45 (27 reviews)[60] A-[54]
Fast Five 78% (192 reviews)[61] 67 (29 reviews)[62] A[54]
Fast & Furious 6 69% (189 reviews)[63] 61 (39 reviews)[64] A[54]
Furious 7 81% (226 reviews)[65] 67 (44 reviews)[66] A[54]

Theme park attractions[edit]

Universal has incorporated several theme park attractions involving the franchise. Universal Studios Hollywood and its Studio Tour has featured several of the picture car vehicles. From 2006 to 2013, The Fast & The Furious: Extreme Close-Up attraction was part of the Studio Tour.[67][68][69] On June 25, 2015, Universal Studios Hollywood allotted the final portion of their Studio Tour for the dark ride Fast and Furious: Supercharged.[70] Universal Orlando announced the development of a ride of the same name to open in 2018.[71]

Merchandising[edit]

Video games[edit]

The film series has spawned several racing video games for various systems. The arcade game The Fast and the Furious (known as Wild Speed in Japan) was released by Raw Thrills in 2004.[72] In 2006, the video game The Fast and the Furious was released for the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation Portable. Several games (The Fast and the Furious: Pink Slip, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious: Adrenaline, Fast & Furious 6: The Game and Fast & Furious Legacy) have all been released for iOS and are available on the iTunes App Store, for Android devices there is official version of Fast & Furious 6: The Game and "Fast & Furious Legacy". In 2013, Fast & Furious: Showdown was released for the PC (Windows OS), Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. Various cars, locations and characters from the series have also appeared in the Facebook game Car Town. In 2015, in a deal with Microsoft Studios, a standalone expansion of Forza Horizon 2 for Xbox One and Xbox 360 was released titled Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious.

Toys and model kits[edit]

Racing Champions released diecast metal replicas of the film's cars in different scales from 1/18 to 1/64.[73] RadioShack sold ZipZaps micro RC versions of the cars in 2002.[74] 1/24 scale plastic model kits of the hero cars were manufactured by AMT Ertl. Johnny Lightning under the JL Full Throttle Brand released 1/64th and 1/24th models of the cars from Tokyo Drift. These models were designed by Diecast Hall of Fame designer Eric Tscherne. Greenlight also sold some cars from the new films from the series and some of them from the previous series.[75]

Related films[edit]

Although not officially part of The Fast and the Furious film series, Sung Kang plays a character named Han in the film Better Luck Tomorrow, directed by Justin Lin, who also directed The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five & Fast & Furious 6. In Fast Five, Gisele Yashar attributes Han's constant need to occupy his hands to him being a former smoker, an easter egg reference according to Lin's DVD commentary. The computer animated short film Tokyo Mater spoofs The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.

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