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6 Moments That Prove Fast & Furious Was Always Ridiculous Before Fast 5

Fast 5 is widely acknowledged as the pivotal moment when the Fast & Furious franchise finally lost its grip on the boundaries of physics and became completely outrageous, but the truth is that the saga was always silly. Much has changed since the original 2001 movie. But, while Fast & Furious’ focus may have shifted from underground LA street racing to firing Ludacris and Tyrese into space, each movie has stuck to the series’ principles of full-throttle action at the expense of realism. Although Fast 5 and the notorious safe chase are often blamed for the departure into fantasy, there are many earlier moments that prove how ridiculous the series has always been.

Before Fast 5 revolutionized the franchise with a critically-acclaimed rebrand, the preceding Fast & Furious entries were comparatively low-key. The Fast and the Furious saw Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner peel back the curtain covering underground racing, while 2 Fast 2 Furious left behind Dominic Toretto’s world entirely with another undercover cop caper. Tokyo Drift returned to the series’ racing roots, while Fast & Furious once again scrutinized Brian’s unorthodox approach to law enforcement. While action-packed, these scenarios were significantly less high stakes than nukes and cyberterrorism. However, while the settings may differ, closer inspection reveals that Fast & Furious films have always been ridiculous, without the need for world-ending consequences. These six scenes, in particular, prove it.
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6 The Train Race – The Fast And The Furious

The fast and furious train jump

While the original The Fast and the Furious is probably best known for its “Point Break with cars” premise, the movie that started it all certainly didn’t lack action set pieces. As is befitting for a movie about cars, The Fast and the Furious boasted a number of impressive and occasionally questionable driving sequences. None, however, are as significant as the film’s climactic train race.

After building up to a head-to-head battle between Brian and Dom, the movie finally shows the pair drag racing side-by-side. This culminates in a ludicrous sequence that combines many classic Fast & Furious ingredients. Not only does the quarter-mile drag race take around 100 seconds (suggesting that the duo are moving at a painfully pathetic 9 miles per hour), but the scene features a mid-race breakdown, multiple uses of nitrous, and Dom’s car tilting straight up in the air for the first few meters. Coupled with Brian and Dom simultaneously crossing the line just ahead of a speeding train, The Fast and the Furious’ final race provided the blueprint for all the franchise’s future silliness.

5 Drifting Around A Car Park – Tokyo Drift

Sean V DK in Fast and the Furious Tokyo Drift

Basing an entire movie around the concept of drifting is inherently preposterous. However, this didn’t stop the third Fast & Furious movie from proving that the fastest route between two points is often not a straight line, but actually to move at a 45-degree angle, ruining as many tires as possible. Few moments showcase Tokyo Drift’s disdain for rubber better than the first racing sequence between protagonist Sean and Yakuza-affiliated baddie Takashi “D.K”.
Not only does this Tokyo Drift sequence repeat the Fast & Furious trope of magically transforming the scene’s environment as soon as it’s obvious more space is needed, but the set piece contains several physics-defying idiosyncrasies. Not only does Sean repeatedly crash into things at high speed, only to drive away as if nothing had happened, but D.K’s drift up a spiraling drive seems to break all the laws of gravity. While it’s understandable that certain moments are enhanced for dramatic effect, Tokyo Drift takes this to new extremes.
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4 The Boat Jump – 2 Fast 2 Furious

2 fast 2 furious boat jump sequence

The Fast & Furious franchise has carved out a niche as the place to perform improbable catches with cars. Whether it’s catching people with cars, cars with other cars, or cars with giant magnets, almost every film features vehicles acting like a particularly athletic outfielder. Although later Fast & Furious installments push this trend from the sublime to the ridiculous, it’s arguable that no catches have topped the outrageous boat jump from 2 Fast 2 Furious.

The scene is a masterclass in OTT action. Not only does it feature some of the most laughable dialogue in the series, with a wide-eyed Brian repeatedly asking Roman whether “you’ve got my back, bro,” the exchange culminates in the ex-LAPD officer somehow launching a Yenko Camaro perfectly on top of a sailing super yacht in the middle of a river. Nothing about the scene makes logical sense. However, it is an undeniably entertaining reminder that Fast & Furious’ obsession with perfectly landing cars on top of things goes back a long way before Fast 5.

3 The Rat Bucket – 2 Fast 2 Furious

Rat Bucket Scene

It’s not just all-out action that makes a movie ridiculous. Sometimes, a film’s more restrained moments can actually better highlight just how silly what’s going on actually is. This is certainly the case with 2 Fast 2 Furious. One moment in particular, featuring the villainous Cole Hauser, a traumatized Mark Boone Junior, and complicit Eva Mendes, pushes the usually light-hearted Fast & Furious franchise into decidedly dark, mustache-twirlingly evil territory.
While trying to persuade a detective (Boone Junior) to give him a window in which to deliver a drug package, Carter Verone (Hauser) places a rat in a bucket on the detective’s stomach. By heating the bucket from the outside, he plans to make the rat eat through the detective’s stomach for freedom, unless he gets what he wants. While this 1984-esque sequence is incredibly gruesome, it is also gratuitously complex in the tradition of the most prevaricatory Bond villains. Paired with a flimsy script, and this scene demonstrates in a more subtle way just how ridiculous Fast & Furious has always been.
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2 Dom The Detective – Fast & Furious

Fast and furious 4 2 fast 2 furious dominic toretto

Vin Deisel’s Dominic Toretto, who is the series’ main focus after the untimely death of Paul Walker, is an undoubtedly skilled driver. However, as Fast & Furious has continued, the franchise has felt the need to expand his resume, equipping him skills that not many people in his position would logically have. This is most obvious in Fast & Furious 4 – often considered the weakest film in the series – when Dom suddenly and inexplicably turns into Sherlock Holmes.

Like the rat bucket scene in 2 Fast 2 Furious, this is a more understated example of how silly Fast & Furious can be as a franchise. However, there’s no doubt that the sight of Dom standing in the middle of a road at night, accessing his pseudo-mind palace to perfectly recreate a crash using only tire marks as evidence is just as ridiculous as swinging a car across a giant chasm using the remnants of a bridge. Although the action in the Fast & Furious 4 scene is comparatively low-key, it doesn’t make the contents any more believable.

1 Tanker Dodge – Fast & Furious

Fast 4 tanker scene

Although Fast & Furious’ quieter scenes are just as capable of being ridiculous as the major action set pieces, there’s no doubt that the franchise is best-known for its increasingly silly stunt work. Understandably, Fast 5’s reality-bending sequences are often blamed for the series going fully off the rails – probably due to the film’s mainstream success compared to earlier entries. However, arguably nothing in Fast 5 is as silly as the opening scene in Fast & Furious 4.
Setting the precedent for Fast 5’s heist premise, Fast & Furious begins with Dom and his crew hijacking an oil tanker in Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, things soon go awry when the tanker driver realizes what’s going on and starts shooting. Not only does the scene feature a classic car catch, with Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty leaping improbably onto Dom’s vehicle, but the action culminates in ridiculous fashion with Dom somehow perfectly timing his escape from a spinning, exploding trailer to slide right underneath to freedom. There’s no doubt that later Fast & Furious installments feature some literally unbelievable sequences. However, it’s also clear from this collection that the series favored the ridiculous from the outset.
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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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