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8 Reasons Fast X Was Way Worse Than Fast Five (Despite Trying To Copy It)


Fast X chased Fast Five nostalgia but failed to live up to its quality.
Fast X lacked the organic setting and focused story that made Fast Five successful.
Fast X’s attempt to do too much with a massive cast and budget led to disappointment.

Fast X referenced Fast Five several times, but the latest Fast and Furious movie could not surpass the quality and impact of the 2011 film. Before Fast Five, the Fast and Furious franchise was still trying to decide what it was going to be. 2 Fast 2 Furious tried to continue the series without Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto, whereas Tokyo Drift followed a new protagonist entirely. Fast & Furious (2009) brought the original characters back, but it was only in Fast Five that the now-established blockbuster saga was truly born.

The impact of Fast Five in the series can be noticed to this day, including in Fast X. Several Fast and Furious tropes, such as having a villain played by an action star, started with Fast Five. Still, whereas Fast Five is widely considered the best Fast and Furious movie, Fast X was one of the most disappointing entries in the series. With the upcoming Fast & Furious 11 set to wrap up the story, the Fast Saga needs to learn from both Fast X’s mistakes and Fast Five’s qualities.

8 Fast X’s Fast Five Callbacks Added Little To The Story
Fast X felt like it was chasing Fast Five nostalgia
Jason Momoa's Dante drowning in Fast X

One of the biggest differences between Fast X and Fast Five is how the former seemed like it was trying to chase down nostalgia, whereas the latter was as original as a Fast and Furious movie could be. From the Christ the Redeemer statue on the poster to the opening flashbacks set during Fast Five, Fast X wanted viewers to remember the saga’s best movie going into the newest installment. While it makes sense to celebrate one of the most successful entries in the saga, Fast X did not live up to its Fast Five references.

7 Fast X Never Felt Like It Was Truly In Rio De Janeiro
The setting was an important part of Fast Five
Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa) standing in a favela in Brazil in Fast X Jason Momoa in Fast X

Although not all of Fast Five’s Rio de Janeiro scenes were actually filmed in Brazil, the movie felt like it was taking place in a different country in real locations. Sequences like Hobbs and his men chasing down Dominic Toretto throughout the favela in Rio set the tone for Fast Five and made it organically different from other entries in the franchise. From then on, Fast and Furious would become a worldwide saga where every film is set in multiple countries, which is something that had already lost its charm by Fast X.

From Roma to Rio, Fast X’s story also took place in multiple locations around the globe, yet this scale is never felt in the film. Instead, it just seems like Dom and his crew are being teleported from one place to another without any sense of scale or passage of time. With the help of characters like Brie Larson’s Tess and Helen Mirren’s Magdalene Shaw, there are no limitations to what Dom and his crew can do. This is very different from Fast Five, during which Dominic Toretto’s family couldn’t flee Brazil without alerting Hobbs.

6 Fast X Tried To Do Too Much At The Same Time
Fast Five was a much more focused movie

Every new Fast and Furious movie has gone bigger and bolder than the last one. While this approach made sure the saga remained fresh and led to some of the franchise’s biggest box office hits, such as Furious 7 and The Fate of the Furious, it also created a long-term problem. A blockbuster can only get so big in terms of cast and action pieces before it becomes difficult for it to even be profitable. Fast X’s box office disappointment has to do with the movie’s massive budget, which was translated into a film that tried to do too much.

Fast and Furious Movies Worldwide Box Office (via The Numbers) The Fast and The Furious $206,458,372 2 Fast 2 Furious $236,410,607 The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift $157,794,205 Fast & Furious $359,347,833 Fast Five $629,975,898 Fast & Furious 6 $789,300,444 Furious 7 $1,511,986,364 The Fate of the Furious $1,235,534,014 Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw $760,732,926 F9 $719,360,510 Fast X $714,582,375

Fast Five had a very simple story that made every action piece feel as important as it needed to be. Dom, Brian, and Mia were in Rio de Janeiro hiding from the FBI, and now the crew was going to have to deal with agent Luke Hobbs before getting out of Brazil. In addition to the cat-and-mouse game, Fast Five also included a heist, which would become a common element in the franchise. Fast X, on the other hand, had too much going on, including giant bombs, betrayals, massive plans involving dozens of characters in different locations, and more.

5 The Rock’s Hobbs Was A Better Villain Than Jason Momoa’s Dante
Dante was great, but Hobbs was better
Hobbs, Dom, and Dante in the Fast & Furious movies

Jason Momoa’s Dante Reyes was a highlight of Fast X and arguably the best thing about the movie. That said, when it comes to writing and the villain’s place in the story, Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs was the better antagonist. While Dante’s goal was more personal compared to Hobbs’, The Rock’s character was the exact type of villain Fast and Furious was asking for. “Action villains” like Deckard Shaw, Cypher, and Dante only exist in Fast and Furious because of Hobbs, whose scenes in Fast Five set the bar very high for the saga’s next villains.

A Hobbs spinoff movie starring Dwayne Johnson is currently in the works.

4 Fast Five Was The Movie Fast & Furious Needed In 2011
Fast & Furious needed a movie like Fast Five

Fast and Furious needed a movie like Fast Five in 2011, whereas Fast X was just more of what the saga was already doing but bigger. Although Fast & Furious (2009) succeeded in bringing the franchise’s original main characters – Dom, Brian, Letty, and Mia – back together, it was neither a massive commercial hit nor a critical success. Fast Five took Fast and Furious to the next level, making the street racing franchise into an action-packed blockbuster saga. Fast Five felt fresh compared to the previous entries, which cannot be said about Fast X.

3 Dominic Toretto’s Expanded Crew Was Something New In Fast Five
The crew was more of the same in Fast X
Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto and the cast of Fast Five

One of the most interesting things about Fast Five was how it brought together all corners of the franchise, from The Fast and The Furious to Fast & Furious (2009) and everything in between. Toretto’s family now included characters from movies he was not part of, namely 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift, the latter of which did include a brief Vin Diesel cameo. In Fast X, however, seeing a massive cast of characters was nothing new. The interactions between the crew are getting old, and these ensembles no longer feel as special as they were in Fast X.

Fast Five
’s ending is so perfect that many believe it should have been the end of the saga.

2 Fast Five Gave Its Characters Time To Breathe
Fast Five’s action didn’t take over the whole movie
Custom image of Vin Diesel in Fast X and Dwayne Johnson in Fast Five.

Fast Five had amazing sequences, many of which combined visual effects with practical stunts to create some of the best scenes in the entire franchise. However, the film also included scenes in which the characters had time to breathe and talk. Moments like Dom and Brian talking about their dads or Brian and Mia talking about their future together made it so that Fast Five was more than just an action film. Fast X, on the other hand, jumped from one action piece to another. There are no emotional stakes in Fast X.

Dwayne Johnson's Hobbs holding an assault rifle in Fast Five and Hobbs looking intense in Fast Five cover image Related Fast & Furious 11’s Franchise-Ending Updates Makes The Rock’s New Hobbs Spinoff Even More Confusing Vin Diesel has confirmed Fast & Furious 11 will be the end of the road for the saga, which makes the status of spinoff Hobbs & Reyes confusing.

1 Fast Five Had A Much Better Ending Than Fast X
Fast Five felt like a complete movie
A plane crashes in Fast X's ending

Fast Five’s ending is so perfect that many believe it should have been the end of the saga. Every member of Dominic Toretto’s family gets a happy ending thanks to the money they stole from Reyes, and the scene where the vault is finally open is incredibly fun. For Fast X, the franchise went for the two-part finale strategy, meaning the film had to end on a cliffhanger. However, considering it’s unlike Dom and his son will be dead in Part 2, Fast X’s cliffhanger ending felt anticlimactic and unnecessary.

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Fast X Poster Fast X ScreenRant logo Vin Diesel and the family return for the tenth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise in Fast X. Charlize Theron returns as Cipher joining forces with Dante Reyes, a former foe of the Fast Family seeking revenge for the death of his father Hernan Reyes, after the events of Fast Five. Fast X is part one of a two-part conclusion to the franchise.Director Louis Leterrier Release Date May 19, 2023 Studio(s) Universal Pictures Distributor(s) Universal Pictures Cast Vin Diesel , Michelle Rodriguez , Jason Statham , Jordana Brewster , Tyrese Gibson , Ludacris , Nathalie Emmanuel , Charlize Theron Runtime 141 Minutes

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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.

2:34 Image 147 Related Predicting The Ending Of All 13 Fast & Furious Characters In Fast 11 The Fast Saga is set to conclude with Fast & Furious 11 – or Fast X 2 – but how will Dom Toretto and his family’s stories come to a definitive end?

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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