On the occasion of the release of “Fast and Furious 9”, it’s time to take a look at all the films in the franchise. So here is a top, from worst to best, of all the films in the license.
N ° 10 – 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
After the success of the first film, Universal decides to embark on a saga. Thus, the studio commissioned John Singleton to direct 2 Fast 2 Furious, the second film of the license. A somewhat special episode since Huge star Vin Diesel is missing from the movie. Screenwriter Derek Haas prefers to focus on Brian, the character played by the late Paul Walker. In this new opus, Brian, then recently struck off the police, has a final chance to redeem himself. The FBI thus employs it to infiltrate the Carter Verone (Cole Hauser) cartel.
If this episode is viewed by many like the worst opus of the saga, it nevertheless allows to introduce two emblematic characters of the license: Roman Pearce, comic spring of the saga embodied by Tyrese Gibson, and Tej, camped by the singer Ludacris. Two elements that will remain very loyal to the family Fast and Furious. I have to say that Tyrese Gison makes sparks, in an unexpected game that mixes charisma, amateurism and astonishing comic absurdity.
N ° 9 – Fast and Furious 6 (2013)
Another director, another era. Released in 2013, Fast and Furious 6 no longer has much to do with the first films. Since the fifth episode, the license Fast and Furious has become a steamroller that seeks to always go further in the grandiloquence, in the gigantism, and in the explosiveness. And in this exercise, Fast and Furious 6 is clearly not the most successful.
In this new opus, the Dom’s Family is faced with a powerful opponent: Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). The latter is the brother of the character played by Jason Statham. The main problem of Fast and Furious 6, it’s the dosage. Justin Lin, licensee’s favorite director, decides to push the new ideal of the saga to the limit. The filmmaker passes the fifth and offers his viewers a grueling blockbuster that no longer really makes sense. The license starts to go all over the place, brings back dead protagonists, and brings a mind-boggling dose of scriptwriting inconsistencies.
N ° 8 – Fast and Furious 8 (2017)
This eighth opus suffers overall from the same problems as the sixth episode. However, at the announcement of F. Gary Gray in the production, the fans were entitled to expect something else … In this umpteenth episode, the team is forced to reform when Dom seems to have passed to the dark side. Even if this eighth part is just as tiring as the sixth film, especially because of endless action sequences until a final scene with a crazy submarine, the film nevertheless succeeds in introducing new effective characters.
Charlize Theron joins the franchise, and promises to be a central antagonist of future films. The actress brings a good dose of freshness and professionalism to this mess. But with this eighth film, the saga reaches its climax of megalomania and ostentatious action sequences. F. Gary Gray unfortunately does too much and has difficulty in properly adjusting his adventure.
N ° 7 – Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Directed by Justin Lin in 2006, this third film is essential for the rest of the saga. The flagship filmmaker of the franchise (Justin Lin directed five films FF) thus lands in the universe Fast and Furious with Tokyo Drift. A somewhat peculiar episode which relocates to Japan, and which does not feature Bryan or Dom (who nevertheless makes a short appearance). The film prefers to focus on new characters. The protagonist is Sean, played by Lucas Black (back in Fast and Furious 9), corn Tokyo Drift is especially the opportunity to present Han, embodied by Sung Kang. An emblematic character of the license.
If this Tokyo Drift still has many rhythm and writing flaws, it nevertheless allows you to change the atmosphere, decor and universe. And Justin Lin stands out as an efficient director, who knows how to shoot car chases!
N ° 6 – Fast and Furious 9 (2021)
It is the last born of the license. Still directed by Justin Lin, this new opus serves back at home. The director brings back practically all the characters of the license on the front of the scene (except Dwayne Johnson because of a quarrel with Vin Diesel). With this ninth opus, it reconnects everything, develops gray areas, and creates a long-term plot. He also takes the opportunity to …