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How Realistic Is The New Fast & Furious Movie?

F9 pushes realism in the Fast and Furious franchise to the limit, delivering awe-inspiring stunts that defy both gravity and logic. In the latest entry in The Fast Saga, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) gathers his crew again for another ridiculous ride. Though he hasn’t been mentioned before, Jakob Toretto (John Cena), a dangerous spy and Dom’s brother, comes from out of the shadows to be the main foe in the film. Jakob plans to steal a device that could allow him to hold the world’s weapons systems hostage, and Dom is the only one who can take him down. But in order to do so, the older Toretto needs to face his past and deliver some signature Fast and Furious stunts.

The Fast and Furious franchise is known for upping the stakes in each film. In the first movie, the crew was simply stealing DVD players and electronics equipment. By the eighth movie, Dom and his gang were fighting a nuclear submarine. Fast & Furious 6 featured a seemingly endless Fast & Furious runway for car stunts and an exploding plane, Furious 7 had cars jumping through skyscrapers, and The Fate of the Furious forced Dom to go airborne, clearing the aforementioned submarine to avoid a heat-seeking missile. It’s exciting, incredible, and increasingly implausible. 

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Like the previous films in the franchise, F9 takes stunts to a new level. Cars drive over landmines, Dom swings his vehicle across a chasm on bridge cables, and the crew finally blasts off into outer space. But just how realistic are the stunts in the film? Costas Efthimiou, a physics professor at the University of Central Florida, took a look at the stunts in F9 for Screen Rant. In addition to using movies to teach his students about physics, Professor Efthimiou has also published a widely circulated scholarly article on the science behind Dwayne Johnson’s viral jump in Skyscraper (via, finding it plausible. Though he didn’t see the movie by press time, the professor was able to analyze the stunts through various F9 trailers and footage released online, determining just how realistic they actually are.

Can F9’s Cars Drive Over Landmines?
Behind the scenes image of the shooting of the land mine scene in F9

Early on in F9, Dom and his crew are forced to drive through a minefield, much to the chagrin of Tyrese Gibson’s Roman Pearce, who learns that a sign saying “Peligro Minas” means “Danger Mines.” Ludacris’ Tej Parker reasons that the cars can safely cross the mines by going 80 miles per hour. Unfortunately, Roman’s speedometer only goes up to 70 miles per hour. Though he still makes it out alive, Roman eloquently states along the way, “My ass is en fuego.”

According to Tej, a delay on the landmines in F9 is enough for the crew to get through, but the stunt wouldn’t work so well with modern mines. Professor Efthimiou says the delay on modern mines is almost nonexistent. Going 80 miles per hour is equivalent to around 36 meters per second. If a mine’s delay is just milliseconds, things wouldn’t work out well for the driver. “If we assume there’s only five milliseconds for the mine to detonate, the wheel has moved inches,” Efthimiou said.

However, if the mines did actually have a delay, it would be more plausible. Even just a third of a second for a delay would allow the vehicle to move around 12 meters away from the blast. While F9 introduces many confusing issues to the Fast & Furious timeline, this is one area where the film’s logic sort of works. Still, Efthimiou notes that if it were reasonable to drive over mines and detonate them safely, the military would already be doing it. “If that was possible, we would be able to de-mine fields very easily,” Professor Efthimiou said. “The army would know about that.”

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Could A Car Clear A Chasm Like Vin Diesel’s In F9?
Dom's car gets slingshot in F9

One of the first major stunts in F9 consists of Dom Toretto hooking his car on a cable of a broken bridge and swinging across a chasm to avoid a helicopter assault. Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is in the passenger seat for the jump, offering a halfhearted, “No, no, no, Dom,” as a rebuttal. Of course, the car swings across the chasm with ease, rolling and flipping to safety. It’s a classic, over-the-top Fast and Furious scene for fans. “Well, that was new,” Letty quips.

Professor Efthimiou was able to view the parts of the scene previously released online and he immediately noticed some problems. It’s unclear how Dom manages to hook the cable on the car so it stays secure when it’s pulled taut. Also, if the cable separated from the ground easily on one side of the bridge, it would probably separate easily on the other when it stops the descent of the car. If those factors are ignored and only the information presented is taken into account, the professor said he “cannot claim that it is not possible.”

Among the calculations, Professor Efthimiou looked at the vertical force exerted on Dom and Letty when the cable gets pulled taut, saying he “cannot claim that the bones are necessarily crushed.” He did the same calculation for the car’s collision with the cliff on the other side. The professor also calculated the force on the cable at the bottom of the descent and said it seems it doesn’t exceed the cable’s elastic limit (assuming that the cable is 6 cm in diameter and made of steel). More information presented in the Fast & Furious movie, such as showing a better shot of the full distance of the chasm, could obviously affect the calculations. However, Efthimiou concludes, “As unrealistic as this scene is, my back-of-the-envelope calculations do not allow me to claim big problems.”

Can F9’s Magnets Smash Cars Through Buildings?

Though Dom’s long-lost brother, Jakob, joins the cast of F9, the real new members of the crew are the electromagnets. Throughout the movie, Dom’s Fast and Furious family utilizes magnets to fight off assailants or simply mess around with each other. The magnets are so abnormally strong that a car is plucked out of the air by a plane, trucks are repelled across roads, and enemy vehicles are flipped over at will. In one confounding scene, a car is even sent through a building and straight into the side of a magnet-toting truck.

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Some issues are apparent here as well. According to the professor, Dom’s crew can’t control F9’s car magnets like this. In terms of sucking a car through a building, a magnet that powerful would also attract everything else that’s magnetic, too. This includes other cars, metal objects, and building materials. Though the movie does show the magnet attracting other metals at various points, Dom’s crew wouldn’t be able to pick a single car off the road on the other side of a building. The behavior of the magnets also doesn’t make total sense. “If you apply a force on an object, the other object applies the exact opposite force, so both of them are going to move towards each other,” Efthimiou explained. “Because the truck they drive is not secured to anything, we should also see them move sideways.”

Can F9’s Car Really Fly Into Space?
Fast and Furious 9 Tej and Roman in space car

Director Justin Lin claims he consulted NASA scientists about F9’s rocket car trip to space. According to the director, it’s “logistically, scientifically” one of the most plausible set pieces in the film. In the infamous scene from F9, Tej and Roman drop off of a plane and fly a modified, rocket-powered Pontiac Fiero into outer space. Once they’re there, they locate the exact satellite they were looking for and smash through it to save the world. It’s all in a day’s work.

However, Professor Efthimiou has some quibbles. “I don’t think that that’s actually possible,” he said about the Fast and Furious rocket car. Unlike cars, rockets are specifically made to fly, and they require a massive amount of fuel to do so. Tej and Roman’s space flight might not have the fuel necessary for the car to get enough speed to make it out of the atmosphere. “If I needed so much effort and so much design for a real rocket, imagine what would happen in the case of a car. It’s impossible,” he said, noting it takes companies like SpaceX years to develop rockets to go into space. He added, “It’s not that simple to take my car and say, ‘OK, let’s put two boosters there.'”

Even if the car had the fuel and could reach speeds capable of flight, there are countless other issues. The friction from the air could cause it to explode, and rockets require complex computer equipment for precise movements. Space vehicles need highly trained personnel, not actor Tyrese Gibson and rapper Ludacris. “I cannot take a driver and let him fly a space rocket,” Efthimiou said. In the timeline of implausible things the Fast and Furious franchise has put on screen, F9’s rocket car stunt might be the most unrealistic.

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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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