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Dominic Toretto’s 10 Dumbest Decisions, Ranked

Some would expect Dominic Toretto, as the leader of the team in the Fast & Furious franchise, to be one of its better decision-makers, but after nine franchise installments and Fast X coming soon, fans know that’s not the case. If anything, Dom’s place as the team leader has led him to make some astoundingly dumb decisions.

If Dom thinks that what he’s doing will be what’s best for his family, he has no problem carrying it out without discussion. His loyalty to the ones he loves is commendable but sometimes the decisions he makes come with a lot of risk as well collateral damage, sometimes to the people he’s trying to protect.

Cutting Brian Loose
Dom and Brian looking to the distance in Fast Five.

Since Dom is so loyal to his family, every time it even remotely looks like sacrificing himself could just buy them some time, that’s exactly what he will do. For instance, he didn’t need to cut Brian loose from the vault during the Rio heist in Fast 5. It was an unnecessary sacrifice he made to protect Brian at all costs.

Related: Every Fast & Furious Movie Climax, RankedHis decision almost cost him his life but thankfully, Brian returned to back him up. However, before Brian showed, Dom used the vault to take out Reyes’ and several police officers. He also caused extensive damage to the bridge where they faced off.

Opting For A Street Fight
Dom and Deckard facing on the street in Furious 7.

Furious 7 villain Deckard Shaw hunted Dom and his team for the entirety of the movie, jumping from continent to continent, always seeming to be a step ahead. When Dom finally had the upper hand against Shaw, he decided not to shoot him and instead opted for a drawn out street fight.

This was one of those instances where the “hero” decided he wanted to win “fairly” but if they have the upper hand because they came prepared, that’s still technically fair. As a result of the unnecessary “street fight,” they leveled an entire parking garage and Shaw fell with it before Dom then decided to use the wreckage to vault his car into the air, so he could crash into a helicopter which seems like an equally bad if not worse decision.

Keeping His Brother A Secret
Dom and Jakob having a stand-off in F9.

John Cena joined the Fast and Furious franchise in F9 as Dom’s younger brother Jakob. Having grown up together and being his wife, Letty already knew who Jakob was when he made his reappearance but since Dom decided to keep him a secret from everyone else, the rest of the team was more than a little surprised.

The team was completely blindsided by Jakob’s appearance and the revelation that Dom even had a brother. For someone so big on trust and family, not sharing that kind of information with his chosen family about the person that would come after them with the wrath of a brother scorned was not well-thought-out at all.

Crashing Car To Catch Letty
Letty crawls out of an upturned car all bloody in Furious 6.

Many of Dom’s questionable decisions were made with at least a bit of forethought on his part. While he could sometimes be impulsive it helped him quickly come up with a plan B when necessary. Though very few of his decisions have been as illogical and spur of the moment the Fast & Furious 6 scene where he catches Letty midair by crashing his car into a railing to launch himself at her.

Related: Letty’s 10 Best Quotes From Fast & FuriousA person can only imagine the thought process it took him to get to that decision but thankfully in this situation, the only collateral damage was to the car they just happened to land on and more than likely, Dom’s back.

Robbing Reyes
Hernan Reyes looking stern in Fast Five.

The heist in Fast 5 was the franchises’ first big deviation from the street crimes that were the focus of the first four movies. However, Dom’s decision to rob Reyes for everything he had seemed more like a personal vendetta than a crusade for justice.

This decision of Dom’s looped in not only Brian and Mia but also brought the full team together to fight the mission. It got all of them put on an international watch list making them a target of Reyes, the most powerful man in Rio, and federal agent Luke Hobbs.

Driving Through Buildings
Dominic Toretto shifts the gears of his car

The Fast and Furious team is known for its drawn out plans that usually end up going wrong at some point. Furious 7 saw several of the team’s plans go wrong because of the villain Deckard Shaw’s interference. In one instance, Dom and Brian were stuck trying to find a way to get a car out of the penthouse of a building in Dubai.

Dom’s solution was to drive the supercar out the window of the building and into the window of the neighboring one, twice, proving (for the second time in that movie) that cars can sometimes fly. Dom’s decision wrecked havoc in three buildings while also putting Brian, who was in the passenger seat, in harms way.

Leaving Letty
Letty driving a bike through traffic in Fast 10.

Dom made the decision to leave Letty in Fast & Furious after they pulled a job in the Dominican Republic. The police were already looking for Dom after the events of the first movie so he decided that leaving Letty would keep her safe, even though they had vowed to stay together.

His decision made Letty desperate enough to put herself in harms way by acting as an FBI informant for Brian’s case on Braga in exchange for Dom’s pardon. That led to her assumed death. Dom’s decision appeared especially dense when it was revealed in Furious 7 that they exchanged wedding vows prior to him leaving.

Not Fighting Cipher
Cipher smiling softly in Fate of the Furious.

In Fate of the Furious Dom without a doubt had a good reason for joining Cipher, but it seemed like he was quick to give up on any possibility of getting help from his team to get Elena and his son out. He decided to let them think he abandoned them instead of looking for a way to let them know what was going on.

While Dom probably didn’t want to put more of the people he loved into harms way, it was unnecessarily self sacrificial to instead make them feel like he was committing the ultimate betrayal. He may have hatched a plan to eventually break free, but working with Cipher for as long as he did had Hobbs arrested, Letty betrayed, and a nuclear attack almost launched.

Going To Space
Roman and Tej going to space in a car in F9.

The recent Fast and Furious franchise installments have had fans asking themselves how the movies could possibly top themselves. Jokingly some suggested that the team would be going to space and in F9 they made that a reality. Dom may not have made it happen but the idea was his.

Related: Fast & Furious Supporting Characters’ 10 Best QuotesOf course Roman and Tej were the two guinea pigs decided for the strap a rocket to a car and go to space experiment. While it did give a solution to the satellite problem they were having, the decision to put two of his team members into orbit using a prototype “rocket” that never actually succeeded in testing was an aggressively risky choice that easily could’ve killed them both.

Trusting Brian
Brian gives Dom the keys to a car

While Dom and Brian eventually developed an iconically strong brotherhood, trusting Brian and bringing him into his family so easily was a terrible decision on Dom’s part. He may not have known Brian was a cop at the time but he had a close friend (VInce) telling him not to trust the newcomer because something felt off.

Brian may be seen as one of the best Fast & Furious characters now but the collateral damage that came with trusting him was immense. That decision caused Dom to have to go on the run and split Dom’s family up completely. Just inviting Brian into his life opened him and his family up to endless pain and struggle. It paid off in the end, but a lot of people had to get hurt because of the decision that Dom made.

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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

Related 10 Most Exciting Things To Expect From Fast 11 Fast & Furious 11 will pull all the strings to become bigger than the previous installments, and here is why the film is worth being excited about.

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

Related Vin Diesel May Have Spoiled Fast & Furious 11’s Ending With $2.7 Billion Movie Comparison Dom’s death happening in Fast & Furious 11 may have been spoiled already, with Vin Diesel comparing the upcoming movie to another big franchise.

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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