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Justin Lin’s 9 Best Movies, Ranked By IMDb

Director Justin Lin has returned to the Fast and Furious series with F9 after leaving it safe and sound with the sixth installment. Lin is best known for turning the street racing series into a high-octane globe-trotting adventure, as he has been at the helm of five of the action movies.

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But Fast and Furious isn’t all the filmmaker is known for, as Lin has got an equal amount of indie darlings and blockbuster movies under his belt. The director was first noticed in the industry for his beloved low-budget crime drama Better Luck Tomorrow, and he has gone on to direct one of the most exciting Star Trek movies.

F9 (2021) – 5.2

Dom and Jakob have a heated argument in F9

The Fast and Furious series has gotten more over-the-top with each consecutive movie, as the stunts are increasingly outrageous and the set pieces have gone from trucks to planes. But with F9, it was a case of blowing up the balloon so much that it popped. Audiences felt that the new entry in the series was too unbelievable, which is saying a lot for the Fast franchise.
On top of that, though the fan-favorite character Han returned, there was no reasonable or satisfying explanation for how he survived his car crash. However, there’s still a lot about F9 that fans loved, including Rome and Tej’s love/hate relationship and Ramsey’s increased screentime.

Annapolis (2006) – 5.9

James Franco and Tyrese Gibson in Annapolis

Annapolis follows a man’s attempt to become a member of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, while, at the same time, rising through the ranks of the Academy’s amateur boxing league. The movie is the first of two films directed by Justin Lin in 2009, (which is a work ethic and a rate at which few other filmmakers can compete with).
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However, the quality isn’t quite on the scale of Lin’s other movies in this era, and it was criticized for its cliches and stale acting. The movie does feature another Fast and Furious alum, Tyrese Gibson, who gives a rare dramatic performance, and it’s actually one of the best parts of the movie.

Finishing The Game (2007) – 6.0

Stands ins for Bruce Lee wear Lee’s iconic outfit in Finishing The Game

It’s hard to stick the landing with mockumentaries, as it’s such a niche genre full of films that are often about even more niche topics, and Finishing the Game is no different. The movie is about Bruce Lee’s final film, Game of Death, as it was unfinished at the time of his death, and the mockumentary satirizes the production of the movie.
Finishing the Game is an interesting telling of an untold story, but for the most part, it’s full of cliched comedy timing and sight gags. It also addresses the racism the Asian community faces in Hollywood and the lack of opportunities available, which is something that Lin has been vocal about throughout his whole career.

The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) – 6.0

Seand and Takashi confront each other in Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift

Justin Lin took the reigns on the Fast and Furious series in 2006, and he is to thank for the high-octane action franchise that it has become. But before the series started to take its action shape with Fast & Furious, Lin played into the franchise’s playful street-racing origins with The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift.
The movie is almost solely based on street racing, and it’s full of souped-up import cars whizzing around Tokyo. It’s visually stunning, but audiences believed that it was generally all style and no substance. However, Tokyo Drift is full of great scenes, and it introduced some of the best characters of the series, including Han, who returned in F9.

Fast & Furious (2009) – 6.6

Dom and Brian look outside of their car in Fast Five

Fast & Furious is the first movie that serialized the series, as it continued Brian and Dom’s saga. It should have been better considering that it reunited Brian and Dom for the first time since the original movie, but the story was criticized for being too convoluted. Still, many fans consider it the best movie in the franchise since the original in 2001.
The movie increased the stakes and built on the emotional tension that the previous installments had lacked in the past two entries, reminding audiences of how much chemistry Paul Walker and Vin Diesel have together. With Fast & Furious, the series was finally given the “Coppola approach” that Diesel wanted with 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Star Trek Beyond (2016) – 7.0

Bones carries an injured Spock in Star Trek Beyond

With the direction that the reboot series of Star Trek was going in, Justin Lin was the perfect choice to replace J.J. Abrams, who was busy directing Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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Abrams’ Star Trek movies were more action than sci-fi, and after turning Fast and Furious into a Mission: Impossible-esq action series, the director delved even deeper into giant set pieces with Star Trek Beyond. The movie isn’t as highly regarded as its two predecessors, as the blockbuster action is considered incoherent and too frenetic. But it’s a solid entry into the series, as it still balances the humor and adventure just as Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.

Better Luck Tomorrow (2002) – 7.0

Parry and friends sit against wall in Better Luck Tomorrow

In 2002, Justin Lin directed a much more compelling movie about overachievers who turn to a life of crime. Better Luck Tomorrow is the movie that put Justin Lin on the map. It’s an expertly crafted crime drama, and it was even awarded a perfect score from non-other than Roger Ebert.
The movie is why Universal hired Lin for Tokyo Drift, and it makes sense, as the street racing movie follows bored teenagers committing petty crimes and finding comfort in material excess, just like Better Luck Tomorrow. And technically, Better Luck Tomorrow is part of the Fast and Furious universe, as the character of Han is a main character in the 2002 movie.

Fast & Furious 6 (2013) – 7.0

Letty standing on the hood of a moving car in Fast & Furious

Fast & Furious 6 upped the ante when it came to huge set pieces in the blockbuster franchise. That almost seemed like an impossible feat, as the fifth movie saw Dom’s crew jump out of a moving train and destroy the whole of Rio. However, even though some Redditors think Fast & Furious 6 is forgettable, the movie couldn’t be more thrilling, as the final act sees the crew literally blow up a plane.
At this point in the series, Fast and Furious was in the fifth gear of world-building, and one of the best examples of that is Owen Shaw. The movie introduced a villain that had a personality, as actor Luke Evans brought a sense of gravitas to Shaw, which hadn’t been seen in a Fast movie since Carter Verone in 2 Fast 2 Furious.

Fast Five (2011) – 7.3

Dom and Brian dragging large metal vault with their cars in Fast Five

Fast Five changed the series in a ton of ways. The movie became not only the most financially successful movie in the series at the time, but it also became the most beloved film of the franchise still to this day. That was all down to the direction and casting decisions of Justin Lin. With Lin at the helm, he turned the series into an Ocean’s Eleven-type heist franchise.
Every fan-favorite character from each of the previous movies returned, such as Tej and Rome from 2 Fast, Han from Tokyo Drift, and Mia from the original. It was like a greatest hits movie for the Fast series. But the best improvement of all was the introduction of Luke Hobbs, who injected equal amounts of testosterone and humor in the series, the latter of which was much needed after the solemn fourth movie.
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Fast & Furious 11 Release Delay & Filming Start Date Confirmed By Director


Fast and Furious 11
is facing a release date delay to Summer 2026 due to strikes, with director Louis Leterrier confirming the sequel will not be hitting its April 4, 2025 date.
Leterrier also confirms that filming starts in Fall 2025 after finishing a horror movie in September.
The final installment in the
Fast Saga
reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto for one last ride, while also leaving the door open for other spinoffs.

After facing multiple delays due to the 2023 SAG-AFTRA and Writers Guild of America strikes, Fast and Furious 11 is seeing its release date delayed. The next installment in the Vin Diesel-fronted franchise is expected to be the last mainline sequel, while development continues on the Dwayne Johnson-led spinoff Hobbs & Reyes, a mysterious standalone movie penned by Fast X’s Zach Dean and a potential female-led spinoff. While a filming start date was never confirmed, Universal had previously set the movie for an April 2025 release date.

During a recent interview with Collider at a CCXP MX panel, Louis Leterrier was asked for an update on Fast and Furious 11. The director went on to confirm that the final mainline installment in the action franchise will no longer be making its April 4, 2025 release date, instead now aiming for a Summer 2026 release window with the filming start date being set for this fall. Check out what Leterrier said below:

It’s happening. It’s happening very, very soon. I’m able to shoot a little horror movie this summer. I’m finishing my horror movie on September 15th, and I start Fast on September 16th.

Will Fast 11’s Multiple Delays Help Or Hurt The Sequel?

Much like the tenth film before it, Fast and Furious 11 has faced a few behind-the-scenes hardships in its road to getting off the ground, namely the delays stemming from the 2023 strikes. While the latest movie seems to have retained its core creative team in comparison to the shift in directors from franchise vet Justin Lin to Leterrier on Fast X after reported creative differences between the former and Diesel, this change didn’t seem to help much with the continued downward trend recent sequels have seen from critics. Check out how the franchise’s Rotten Tomatoes scores compare below:

Title RT Critical Score RT Audience Score The Fast and the Furious 54% 74% 2 Fast 2 Furious 37% 50% The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift 37% 69% Fast & Furious 28% 67% Fast Five 78% 83% Fast & Furious 6 71% 84% Furious 7 81% 82% The Fate of the Furious 67% 72% Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw 67% 88% F9: The Fast Saga 59% 82% Fast X 56% 84%

Even looking outside the Fast and Furious franchise, many movie sequels have found themselves hurt by various delays, be they from creative changes, general release shifts or other factors. The action genre in particular is one in which lengthier development periods can lead to diminishing returns, be it A Good Day to Die Hard, Rambo: Last Blood or Diesel’s own xXx: The Return of Xander Cage. While Fast and Furious 11 may only be getting pushed back by a year, the delay is nonetheless a concern that the final installment could find itself in trouble.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) looking angry with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) looking unimpressed in Fast & Furious

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On the other hand, the longer wait for Fast and Furious 11 to close out the mainline series of movies could actually prove beneficial for the sequel. Though Leterrier may be busy with another project in the lead-up to filming the next installment, writers Oren Uziel and Christina Hodson should now have more than enough time to really look back at the script and ensure it learns from the critical missteps of recent installments to deliver a satisfying conclusion to the Dominic Toretto saga.

Source: Collider

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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Vin Diesel Already Has His Perfect Fast & Furious Replacement Franchise With 51-Year-Old Remake


Vin Diesel’s dominance in Fast & Furious is ending, but Kojak could kick off a new action franchise for him.
Kojak’s reboot faces an uncertain future, but its similarity to Fast & Furious makes it a worthy project for Diesel.
Diesel’s potential shift from criminal racer to cop signifies a fresh start in a possible Fast & Furious-like series.

Vin Diesel’s days of playing Dominic Toretto are numbered, but the actor has already found his perfect Fast & Furious replacement. Diesel found a major breakout role in the early 2000s thanks to participating in The Fast and the Furious. The original 2001 street racing crime movie became the springboard for a sprawling franchise that has lasted for over two decades. The success of the Fast & Furious movies transformed Vin Diesel’s career, turning him into an even bigger star, especially in the action movie genre. But, Fast & Furious 11 is planned as the final chapter for him and the franchise.

The Fast & Furious franchise’s end will put Vin Diesel in an unfamiliar position of not having a major franchise to lean back on. This presents the actor with various options, such as changing the course of his career to pursue non-franchise roles. However, the more likely outcome is that Diesel will attempt to find a new IP that can replace Fast & Furious. He has had trouble in that regard recently, with franchises like xXx or Riddick running cold and Bloodshot and The Last Witch Hunter failing to launch franchises. There is another option for Diesel, though.

2:03 Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto from The Fast & Furious Franchise

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Kojak Can Be Vin Diesel’s New Action Crime Franchise After Fast & Furious
Diesel Has Been Developing The Reboot Since 2015

The impending conclusion of the Fast & Furious franchise means it is finally time for Vin Diesel’s Kojak reboot to get off the ground. The project was announced back in 2015 with Diesel re-teaming with Universal Pictures, the studio behind Fast & Furious, to develop a movie based on Kojak. The original TV series starred Telly Savalas as Theo Kokaj and ran for three seasons after debuting in 1973. The series revolves around Kojak, a New York detective known for being willing to go beyond the law and a love for cars and lollipops, and follows him as he investigates different cases.

Kojak was rebooted in 2005 as a TV show starring Ving Rhames, but it only ran for six episodes

Development on Vin Diesel’s Kojak movie has not been very active in the nine years since it was announced. However, it still maintains the base similarities to Fast & Furious, which makes the project a worthwhile endeavor for Diesel in terms of finding a new action franchise. He would now have another big action series about cars and crime, essentially making Kojak into a newer version of Fast & Furious. The irony here is that Diesel takes on the role of a cop after playing criminal racer Dominic Toretto.

Vin Diesel’s Involvement Can Morph Kojak Into A Major Action Franchise
Kojak Could Be A Fast & Furious Clone
Telly Savalas talking on the phone in Kojak

Looking at the original TV show, Kojak might not necessarily project to be a major blockbuster action franchise akin to Fast & Furious. The TV series was relatively grounded and small due to the nature of its production. However, the fact that Diesel and Universal pinpointed this property as something they wanted to revive together is telling. The announcement of Kojak’s reboot came months after Furious 7 debuted in theaters and took the franchise to new heights at the box office and in terms of how ridiculously big the action and story could get.

It’s sometimes difficult to remember that Fast & Furious started off with a story about DVD thieves who were also street racers before Diesel helped turn it into something much bigger. With that experience and success already behind him, it would be understandable if a similar path was envisioned for Kojak. The series could then morph into a Fast & Furious clone, one that gives Vin Diesel a new franchise to headline and Universal a “fresh” action franchise to grow.

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The Rock’s WWE Run Means Fast & Furious 11 Must Make 1 Major Hobbs Change


Hobbs from Fast & Furious 11 needs a gritty edge like The Rock’s WWE character to keep the franchise fresh and exciting.
The Rock’s time away from the Fast & Furious universe provides the perfect reason for Hobbs to return with a personal vendetta and a more savage attitude.
While Hobbs shouldn’t become a full-fledged villain in Fast & Furious 11, adding some edginess and dirty tricks could make his character more intriguing and dynamic.

Fast & Furious 11 must make one major Hobbs change after The Rock’s incredible WWE run. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s WWE return surpassed his recent movies, with the actor creating some of the best work of his career. Having returned to a thunderous reception, The Rock was able to flip the crowd’s reception by becoming a heel and playing a major part in WrestleMania’s main events. The Rock hasn’t played a villain on screen for years, as even his depiction of Black Adam lent more into the character’s anti-hero side, which made his wrestling run all the more refreshing.

While his wrestling character may not perfectly translate into the Fast & Furious universe, there is one aspect of The Rock’s WWE run that the franchise should attempt to implement. After debuting in Fast Five, The Rock’s best Fast & Furious scenes helped contribute to the movie series becoming so popular, with Luke Hobbs becoming an instrumental part of the story. He was even given his own spinoff alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) and is set to get a solo movie in the future. Despite this, Hobbs would still benefit from adding one key aspect of The Rock’s WWE run.

The Rock’s WWE Run Proves Fast & Furious 11 Needs To Give Hobbs More Of An Edge
Fast & Furious Would Benefit From Hobbs Adopting Some Of The Rock’s WWE Tendancies
Dwayne The Rock Johnson in Black Adam, WWE, and Hobbs and Shaw

Given how electrifying The Rock’s recent WWE run was, there is no doubt Fast & Furious 11 needs to give Hobbs more of an edge. Although the character has had his more serious moments, like most of the Fast & Furious cast, Hobbs tends to mix action with comedy. Hobbs and Shaw are supposed to be two of the more stoic heroes, yet they are constantly at each other’s throats and cracking jokes to help maintain the franchise’s lighthearted core. However, giving Hobbs a grittier side would help the character thrive upon his return.

The Rock’s Fast & Furious return may redeem Fast X’s box office, but the character needs to come back stronger than ever. By allowing him to be more ruthless, he can still maintain some elements of comedy but also become more interesting in the process. Johnson proved that despite being a detestable heel, he was still as hilarious as ever during his recent WWE tenure. This proves that he can maintain Fast & Furious’ tone and humorous style while being more layered; therefore, Hobbs adopting some of The Rock’s WWE characteristics could make him even more entertaining.

Fast & Furious Already Has A Reason For Hobbs To Be More Savage
Hobbs Has Been Away From The Franchise For Several Years

Making a major change to Hobbs’ character could be tough to explain, but Fast & Furious 11 already has a great reason to make him more savage. His four-year absence from the franchise gives him a perfect excuse to come back with a vengeance and potentially have a personal attachment to Fast & Furious 11’s villains. Hobbs’ time away from the main story could be explained through a connection to Fast X’s secondary villain, Aimes. Aimes’ villain twist in Fast X was well executed and suggests he’ll be around for the sequel, which is the perfect reason to bring back Hobbs.

Having a more personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, but it would also give him more of an edge.

Fast X never explained why he’s back, but having a personal vendetta against Aimes could be an intriguing reason. Given Dom and Dante are the focal point of the franchise’s conclusion, Hobbs returning to take down Aimes would avoid overshadowing the main story while still giving him an interesting role. Having a personal story with one of the villains could allow Hobbs to continue his great quips and one-liners, while also giving him more of an edge. This provides The Rock with the perfect reason to implement some of his heel traits while still portraying a morally good hero.

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Why Fast & Furious Can’t Bring The Rock Back As A Villain
Hobbs Already Appeared As An Antagonist In Fast Five
A custom image featuring Dwayne Johnson as Luke Hobbs in the Fast and Furious movies Custom image by Debanjana Chowdhury

Although The Rock’s villainous tendencies worked well in the WWE, Fast & Furious can’t bring him back as an antagonist. Johnson already played the main villain of Fast Five, as Hobbs was originally an enemy of Dom and his crew before becoming an ally. Hobbs’ role in Fast Five was one of his best, but despite being the main antagonist, he always had a level of integrity. Dropping all of this to make him a villain in the final movie would be completely unnecessary, especially as the franchise needs him to remain a hero for his spinoff.

Fast & Furious 11 may end the main story, but The Rock will be part of the franchise beyond this, and altering his character so drastically wouldn’t make any sense. Instead, adding some extra edge to his character would have the same effect and would avoid stealing the thunder from Dante and Aimes. Although Fast & Furious 11 shouldn’t make him a villain, the film can still allow Hobbs to play dirty and pull some cheap tricks in order to show a grittier side, while letting him taunt his enemies when he inevitably helps save the day.

Fast & Furious 11
is scheduled to be released in theaters on April 4, 2025.

Fast and Furious 11 temp poster Fast and Furious 11 Fast and Furious 11 is the final movie in the Fast Saga. It reunites Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto with the rest of the cast for one last ride. However, the franchise is open for spinoff films like Hobbs & Shaw afterward.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date April 4, 2025 Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Writers Christina Hodson , Oren Uziel

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