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How can you guess that what appears to be just another action movie will end up being the beginning of a cinematic saga capable of grossing almost six billion dollars in 20 years? Probably not even your own Vin Diesel he imagined it that way when in 2001 it was released “Fast and furious“That tape that showed him as a burly sports car parts thief hunted by intelligence officers.
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It was precisely on this last side that Paul Walker (Bryan O’Conner in fiction) appeared, that brave boy with light eyes who would become inseparable from Dominic Toretto (as Vin was called in fiction). The idea of ’policemen versus thieves’, so exposed in films throughout history, would be accompanied by a melting pot full of small details: nitro speed, dream cars, modern weapons, brave women, but fundamentally of a symbolic element that Diesel took care to exploit in each new installment: that family by choice made up of friends.
To these details that we have seen on the big screen for two decades we must add others planned in pre-production. Choosing release dates that are more than successful in the bloated Hollywood calendar, adding actors of undeniable level such as Charlize Theron or Kurt Russell, and other notable box office workers such as Dwayne Johnson or Jason Statham, and, fundamentally, persisting under the support of a powerful studio such as Universal Pictures.
On this occasion, while some countries like China are already enjoying “Fast and Furious 9” still under the restrictions of the pandemic caused by the coronavirus, we bring you a ranking that from subjectivity proposes to say which was the best film in the saga and which was the less noticeable:
“2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003)
Without Vin Diesel, the film had Bryan O’Conner as the main protagonist. The character played by Paul Walker is detained by his former cops. In the previous film (the one that started it all), he had given his car keys to Dominic Toretto so that he could escape the law. Already intervened, he is tasked with a mission so that he can erase his charges: capture an Argentine drug lord named Carter Verone. For this he asks to be allowed to work with Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson). The film is a mixture of Roman’s sour humor (a guy who earned his place as a buffoon in most of the rest of the series), with a lot of speed and, of course, the addition of Eva Mendes’ participation in the role. from Mónica Fuentes, another undercover agent who achieves very good chemistry with Bryan.
Rating: ★ ☆☆☆☆
“Tokyo Drift” (2006)
Although for many the most salient thing about this installment is that it can be considered the first spin-off of the saga (located before number 7), others focus on its protagonist. In his early 30s, Lucas Black takes on the role of playing Sean Boswell, a sassy young American who can’t control his drive or drive. It is precisely in a race in his city that causes serious damage that must lead him to prison. To avoid the latter, his mother chooses to send him to Tokyo, where his father, a retired military man, lives. Here, far from settling down, I would turn the Japanese capital on its head, a city where luxurious cars and the use of nitro was common. The closing marks a surprise for fans: Dominic Toretto’s brief cameo, of course, aboard a powerful car and ready to challenge Boswell.
Rating: ★★ ☆☆☆
“Fast and Furious 6” (2013)
The mechanics of fulfilling an official mission to clean up your criminal record are back. On this occasion, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) aims to capture Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), former commander of the United Kingdom’s special operations division, turned into a dangerous mercenary. Since he cannot do it alone, he looks for and finds Dominic Toretto, already romantically related to Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky) after the disappearance (or supposed death) of Letty (Michelle Rodríguez). Only the desire to find her would make Dom and company (Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Gal Gadot, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Sung Kang) accept the deal Hobbs offers them. Although the chases in cars and even war tanks steal the show, we must not lose sight of the melee confrontations: Diesel vs. Evans and Michelle Rodríguez vs. Gina Carano, in her character Riley. Perhaps this last duel would be the best of the film.
Rating: ★★ ☆☆☆
“Fast and Furious 4” (2009)
When the script is weakened, action scenes are present to save a film. Thus we could say what happened with this installment of the saga, which had not only the beloved Dom, Letty, Paul Walker and company, but also as additions to the reggaeton players Tego Calderón and Don Omar, responsible for the minimum, but useful quota of humor. The villain here is Braga, a drug lord seeking to transport a dangerous drug between Mexico and the United States. In his search, Dom and Paul Walker (again as an agent of the security forces) coincide. The mistrust between the two must dissolve if they are to achieve their goal of finding the mighty Braga. The supposed death of Letty at the hands of the drug dealer drives Dom crazy, who seeks to avenge her death.
Rating: ★★★ ☆☆
“Fast and Furious 8” (2017)
Appearances that add up. The already multi-million dollar franchise adds the multi-award winning Charlize Theron to play a far from simple role: it will be Cipher, a woman who manages to convince Dominic Toretto to go against his friends. The hook? Save your loved ones. For the first time it is seen how those who always worked as a team must now face each other. The film shows that Universal is getting higher and higher. With Theron we will also see Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood and, of course, the ‘strongmen’ Dwyan Johnson and Jason Statham. Fascinating outdoor locations, cars flying from parking lots, men deflecting torpedoes with the force of their hands and thrill to the limit in a mega production worthy of Hollywood.
Rating: ★★★ ☆☆
“Fast and furious 5in control” (2011)
It is clear that it is not the film with the best special effects of the entire saga, nor the one that presents the most spectacular locations, but it is probably the one that best shows how this team of men and women works in and out of their luxurious cars. In the geographical point closest to Peru in the entire saga (Brazil), Dom and company must subdue the fearsome drug trafficker Hernán Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), who has bought the entire Rio de Janeiro police. To this obstacle must be added another something more known: Hobbs and his team of official experts seek to find Toretto and his friends. So we will see two chases at the same time. To this we will add emotional moments such as the reappearance of Vin (Toretto’s inseparable friend in the first film), shocking scenes such as the jump over favela roofs starring Bryan and Mia (Jordana Brewster), but especially the scene of the escape with the giant metal vault. Humor is also present with contributions from Ludacris, Tego Calderón, Dom Omar and of course, Tyrese Gibson.
Rating: ★★★★ ☆
“Fast and furious 7” (2015)
Few times a film saga is so hit with the departure of one of the members of its cast, as happened with “The Fast and the Furious.” On November 30, 2013, Paul Walker was killed while running a car with his friend and partner Roger Rodas. The event shocked the entertainment media worldwide. After the regret for his disappearance and the messages of solidarity from his fellow filmmakers, a decision had to be made. To continue or not to shoot a movie if one of its stars could not appear anymore? Universal opted for the former, and with the help of technology, Walker was replaced in final scenes that thrilled even the hardest of fans of the franchise. On the plot: stunt jumps, unimaginable cars, the appearance of Jason Statham, trips to the Middle East and, of course, the unforgettable scene of the red Lykan HyperSport supercar crossing two skyscrapers in the middle of the desert. A dignified farewell for Paul Walker in what many consider to be his best performance of the series.
Rating: ★★★★ ☆
“Fast and furious” (2001)
In no other film of the saga we can see so defined the profiles of its protagonists as in the first. It is enough to see Dominic Toretto here to know that throughout the saga he was always the same: a type of deep voice, challenging gestures, loyalty above all things, and love for his family. The same goes for Paul Walker, simple and brave, unable to hide his feelings. But let’s go back to Dom. Only in the first installment of this saga can we see how, from his passion for cars, he is able to do almost everything well. Phrases like “I live life a quarter mile at a time. Nothing else matters. For those 10 seconds or less I am free “or” It does not matter if you win by much or by little. Winning is winning ”summarize its mystique. And although it is far from having the best special effects, this first installment condenses symbols that added together will always give the same thing: the happiness of some friends sharing a grill.
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“HOBBS & SHAW”
Although “Tokio Drift” also comes out of the mold of the saga, there is a film released in 2019 that is the most accurate if what we refer to is Spin Off’s. We mean “Hobbs & Shaw”. With a rarefied atmosphere from its conception, the film was framed in an alleged previous controversy between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel, who did not even appear in the story. Alleged jealousy that arose in previous productions made the beloved ‘Dom’ not worry about promoting this product. To this must be added cross statements from actors like Tyrse Gibson. The final product was a kind of dynamic duo made up of Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw in their bid to defeat Brixton Lore, a powerful villain prominently played by Idris Elba. Family moments between the Shaw and Hobbs families spiced up a film that simply delivered.
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