History Film / TheFastAndTheFurious

10th Aug '16 12:08:29 PM JamesAustin
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''The Fast and the Furious'' is a series of action films, which center on illegal street racing and (later) heists produced by Creator/{{Universal}}. Here, the cars are fast, the drivers are furious, [[TechnologyPorn technology porn]] abounds and the cast of characters who eventually become "the crew" aren't just comrades, they're [[ArcWords family]]. The movies are known for their unrelenting [[SequelEscalation sequel escalation]], steadily growing the franchise into one of the most popular, and financially successful, in recent memory.

The first film, ''The Fast and the Furious'', was a [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046969/combined 1955 film]] directed by and starring John Ireland and produced by BMovie king Creator/RogerCorman. The plot revolved around Frank Webster (Ireland) breaking out of jail after being wrongly imprisoned for murder. Unable to clear his name, he hops in a sports car and races the police to Mexico. He's forced to abduct a woman (Dorothy Malone) along the way. The film one of the first films to have a feature-length ChaseScene, and was a cult hit for decades.

The remake starred Creator/VinDiesel and Creator/PaulWalker, was directed by Rob Cohen and released in 2001. Brian O'Conner (Walker) is an undercover LAPD officer looking into a string of highway semi-truck hijackings, which he suspects is linked to ex-convict Dominic "Dom" Toretto (Diesel) and his car shop crew. Brian works to get into their inner circle and comes to respect Dom for his sense of loyalty, which causes problems when his superiors start questioning where Brian's allegiance lies.

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''The Fast and the Furious'' is a series of action films, which center on illegal street racing and (later) heists produced by Creator/{{Universal}}. Here, the cars are fast, the drivers are furious, [[TechnologyPorn technology porn]] {{technology porn}} abounds and the cast of characters who eventually become "the crew" aren't just comrades, they're [[ArcWords family]]. The movies are known for their unrelenting [[SequelEscalation sequel escalation]], {{sequel escalation}}, steadily growing the franchise into one of the most popular, and financially successful, in recent memory.

The first film, ''The Fast and the Furious'', was a [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046969/combined 1955 film]] directed by and starring John Ireland and produced by BMovie king Creator/RogerCorman. The plot revolved around Frank Webster (Ireland) breaking out of jail after being wrongly imprisoned for murder. Unable to clear his name, he hops in a sports car and races the police to Mexico. He's forced to abduct a woman (Dorothy Malone) along the way. The film one of the first films to have a feature-length ChaseScene, and was a cult hit for decades.

The remake
starred Creator/VinDiesel and Creator/PaulWalker, was directed by Rob Cohen and released in 2001. Brian O'Conner (Walker) is an undercover LAPD officer looking into a string of highway semi-truck hijackings, which he suspects is linked to ex-convict Dominic "Dom" Toretto (Diesel) and his car shop crew. Brian works to get into their inner circle and comes to respect Dom for his sense of loyalty, which causes problems when his superiors start questioning where Brian's allegiance lies.



The third film, ''The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift'', starring Lucas Black, was directed by Justin Lin and released in 2006. Black plays [[DawsonCasting teenager]] Sean Boswell, who accumulates some serious motor vehicle violations that could earn him jail time. To keep him out of trouble, he is sent to live with his U.S. Naval officer father in Japan and finish school there. The culture clash is brutal, especially when he gets friendly with the girlfriend of a guy with Yakuza connections and a love of the drift races. During this movie [[spoiler:Han is killed.]] Chronologically, it's set after ''Fast and Furious 6''.

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The third film, ''The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift'', starring Lucas Black, was directed by Justin Lin and released in 2006. Black plays [[DawsonCasting teenager]] Sean Boswell, who accumulates some serious motor vehicle violations that could earn him jail time. To keep him out of trouble, he is sent to live with his U.S. Naval officer father in Japan and finish school there. The culture clash is brutal, especially when he gets friendly with the girlfriend of a guy with Yakuza connections and a love of the drift races. During this movie [[spoiler:Han is killed.]] Chronologically, it's set after ''Fast and Furious 6''.



During the credits, we get more details into [[spoiler:Han's death, that it was orchestrated by Deckard Shaw, Owen Shaw's older brother, which sets up Furious 7.]]

''Furious 7'' (originally titled ''Fast & Furious 7''), brings all the characters together [[spoiler:except for Han, who was killed in ''Tokyo Drift'']] for a dramatic climax to the current story arc, directed by James Wan (of ''Film/TheConjuring'' and ''Film/{{Insidious}}'' fame). The story takes place after the events of ''Tokyo Drift'' and has the crew facing off against the brother of the previous films villain, the [[ImplacableMan rightly feared]] Deckard Shaw. Unfortunately Paul Walker [[AuthorExistenceFailure was killed in a car accident over the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday]], which caused production of the movie to stall to allow the studio to rework the film accordingly. Eventually in July 2014, Diesel [[http://www.topgear.com.ph/features/lifestyle/art/movies/vin-diesel-announces-new-release-date-of-fast-furious-7 announced via his Facebook page]] that the seventh film managed to finish production and was released on April 3, 2015. ''Furious 7'' went on to earn one billion dollars at the worldwide box office after only 17 days, a feat that puts it among the biggest blockbusters of the modern era. For the music of the movie, see ''Music/Furious7Soundtrack''.

A sequel (tentatively titled ''Fast 8'') has been confirmed for an April 2017 release, with at most two more movies slated in production following ''Furious 7'''s release. The latter two are currently set for April 2019 & April 2021.

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During the credits, we get more details into [[spoiler:Han's death, that it was orchestrated by Deckard Shaw, Owen Shaw's older brother, which sets up Furious 7.]]


''Furious 7'' (originally titled ''Fast & Furious 7''), brings all the characters together [[spoiler:except (except for Han, who was killed in ''Tokyo Drift'']] Han) for a dramatic climax to the current story arc, directed by James Wan (of ''Film/TheConjuring'' and ''Film/{{Insidious}}'' fame). The story takes place after the events of ''Tokyo Drift'' and has the crew facing off against the brother of the previous films villain, the [[ImplacableMan rightly feared]] Deckard Shaw. Unfortunately Paul Walker [[AuthorExistenceFailure was killed in a car accident over the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday]], which caused production of the movie to stall to allow the studio to rework the film accordingly. Eventually in July 2014, Diesel [[http://www.topgear.com.ph/features/lifestyle/art/movies/vin-diesel-announces-new-release-date-of-fast-furious-7 announced via his Facebook page]] that the seventh film managed to finish production and was released on April 3, 2015. ''Furious 7'' went on to earn one billion dollars at the worldwide box office after only 17 days, a feat that puts it among the biggest blockbusters of the modern era. For the music of the movie, see ''Music/Furious7Soundtrack''.

A sequel (tentatively titled ''Fast 8'') has been confirmed for an April 2017 release, with at most two more movies slated in production following ''Furious 7'''s release. The latter two are currently set for April 2019 & and April 2021.
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Not to be confused with the [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046969/ 1955 film]] ''The Fast and the Furious'', directed by and starring John Ireland and produced by BMovie king Creator/RogerCorman, whose plot revolved around a man named Frank Webster (Ireland) breaking out of jail after being wrongly imprisoned for murder and hopping in a sports car to race the police to Mexico, though the fact that is one of the first films to have a feature-length ChaseScene may have had something to do with the 2001 film being given the same title.
6th Jul '16 7:40:17 AM Josef5678
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* GanglandDriveBy: Near the end of the first movie, after the heist scene, the crew returns to Dominic's house but Tran and his cousin zip by on motorcycles, spraying bullets, [[spoiler:and killing Jesse]].
28th Jun '16 5:17:54 AM Supertrooper
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* SuicideBySea: More like suicide by freight train. In the 2001 movie, it's implied that Dom was planning on dying at the end of his race with Brian. This is also supported earlier on in the film when Dom mentions that he'd rather die than go back to prison, and when Dom implies that driving his Charger would end up killing him the same way it killed his father.
28th Jun '16 4:52:26 AM Supertrooper
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** The truck heist in the climax of the first movie reveals which characters did what during the truck heist in the opening scene. Dom drives in front of the truck. Vince fires the harpoon to break in the cab and knock out the driver. Leon and Jesse surround the truck, preventing it from moving. And Letty drives under the trailer bed to distract the driver.

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** The truck heist in the climax of the first 2001 movie reveals which characters did what during the truck heist in the opening scene. Dom drives in front of the truck. Vince fires the harpoon to break in the cab and knock out the driver. Leon and Jesse surround the truck, preventing it from moving. And Letty drives under the trailer bed to distract the driver.
** Before the second heist in the 2001 film, Dom tells Letty that he had a dream where they were in Mexico. The post-credits scene reveals that Dom's dream did come true, just not in the way that he envisioned it. He arrives in Mexico as a fugitive.
28th Jun '16 4:39:09 AM Supertrooper
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*** This was retconned as a novelty stunt in later installments of the franchise. One of the auditioning drivers in ''2 Fast'' accidentally gets knocked under a tractor trailer, but is crushed under the wheels. This also happens in ''Furious 7'' when Brian tries to evade an attack drone.

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*** This was retconned as a novelty stunt in later installments of the franchise. One of the auditioning drivers in ''2 Fast'' accidentally gets knocked under a tractor trailer, but is crushed under the wheels. This also happens stunt comes back in ''Furious 7'' when Brian tries to evade an attack drone.
28th Jun '16 4:35:36 AM Supertrooper
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** The climax sequence in the first film mirrors the opening sequence, revealing each character's role in Dom's heists. This scene implies that this was [[spoiler: Letty's]] signature move.
*** This was later retconned as a novelty stunt in the franchise. One of the auditioning drivers in ''2 Fast'' accidentally gets knocked under a tractor trailer, but is crushed under the wheels. This also happens in ''Furious 7'' when Brian tries to evade an attack drone.

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** The climax sequence in the first 2001 film mirrors the opening sequence, revealing each character's role in Dom's heists. This scene implies that this was [[spoiler: Letty's]] signature move.
*** This was later retconned as a novelty stunt in later installments of the franchise. One of the auditioning drivers in ''2 Fast'' accidentally gets knocked under a tractor trailer, but is crushed under the wheels. This also happens in ''Furious 7'' when Brian tries to evade an attack drone.
28th Jun '16 4:32:58 AM Supertrooper
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** Done in the first film during the first truck heist. The truck and the robbers are fast approaching a construction site. One car pulls in front of the truck, one pulls in behind, and the last one pulls ''under'' the truck. During the last heist, [[spoiler: Letty]] does this for some plan [[spoiler: only to be run off the road.]]
** The second film has a part where one of the auditioning drivers accidentally gets knocked under a moving tractor trailer. Unfortunately, he doesn't make it all the way and his Mustang gets crushed under the wheels of the trailer.
** Brian gets to do it one last time in ''Furious 7'' to avoid the Predator drone.

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** Done The climax sequence in the first film during mirrors the first truck heist. The truck and the robbers are fast approaching a construction site. One car pulls opening sequence, revealing each character's role in front of the truck, one pulls in behind, and the last one pulls ''under'' the truck. During the last heist, Dom's heists. This scene implies that this was [[spoiler: Letty]] does this for some plan [[spoiler: only to be run off Letty's]] signature move.
*** This was later retconned as a novelty stunt in
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** The second film has a part where one
franchise. One of the auditioning drivers in ''2 Fast'' accidentally gets knocked under a moving tractor trailer. Unfortunately, he doesn't make it all the way and his Mustang gets trailer, but is crushed under the wheels of the trailer.
** Brian gets to do it one last time
wheels. This also happens in ''Furious 7'' when Brian tries to avoid the Predator evade an attack drone.
28th Jun '16 4:10:19 AM Supertrooper
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** The truck heist in the climax of the first movie reveals which characters did what during the truck heist in the opening scene. Dom drives in front of the truck. Vince fires the harpoon to break in the cab and knock out the driver. Leon and Jesse surround the truck, preventing it from moving. And Letty drives under the trailer bed to distract the driver.
21st May '16 3:16:14 PM contrafanxxx
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** Cipher, played by Creator/CharlizeTheron, is set to be the villain in the upcoming 8th installment.
18th May '16 11:45:20 AM Generality
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* TheManInFrontOfTheMan: In ''Fast & Furious'', the front man for the drug running ring appears to be working for an unseen boss. The boss turns out to be a decoy and the front man is the actual boss and BigBad.
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