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A tribute to The Fast and the Furious series

Index to sections of this article:

Rules/Sucks Table

Highlighting the history of alternatively ruling and sucking, what makes it rule, and what is most improbable. Summarizing (in our humble opinion): Part 1 was great, Part 2 stunk, Part 3 was great (set in Japan), Part 4 was bizarre (but made over $150M), and Part 5 rules again. But Part 6 breaks the cycle because it RULES. And the entire idea of this table is invalid anyway, because Part 3 in Tokyo is actually Part 6B. That makes Part 7 part 6c. WTF???

Here is our famous Fast & Furious Rules/Sucks chart with infamous links (click on them all!).

Part Title Release Date
(United States)
Location Our Rating Rules/ we could dream…? Sucks/ most improbable..!
1 The Fast and the Furious June 22, 2001 L.A., California Rules Supra build-up, Rodriguez and Brewster sex scene, Dom and Letty sex scene, desert racing event, blue GT-R, black S2000. Use of actual race cars for the Race Wars scene. A VW Passat as street race car? Retuning the engine in the middle of a race with a laptop built into the seat? So much is just technically wrong with Part 1.
2 2 Fast 2 Furious June 3, 2003 Miami, Florida Sucks A totally different sequel? Pink S2000, too many special effects during street race, Miami, too much Tyrese, most everything else.
3 The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift June 16, 2006 Tokyo, Japan Rules Everything Japan, Tsuchiya cameo, rear wheel drive Evo, Yakuza, Vin Diesel at the end. Music video. Han dies - we think. As was revealed later, part 3 takes place immediately after Part 6.
A classic Mustang as capable race car?
4 Fast & Furious April 3, 2009 L.A., Mexico Sucks Brewster in NSX (all too briefly). RS200 (briefly) Racing thru cavern tunnels, too much emphasis on muscle cars, Rodriguez dies, flying gas tanker, stereotype Mexico, lousy selection of cars. Jordana Brewster and Paul Walker are just not that hot in their own committed-relationship sex scene.
5 Fast Five April 29, 2011 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Rules Brewster back in action! Brazil! Bank vault chase scene, Brewster getting stuck with GT40 instead of NSX. Isn’t Sung Kang’s Han character supposed to be dead (and could Tyrese Gibson please die)? Tiring muscle: Dodges and more Dodges?? American agents with automatic weapons running around freely in Brazil?
6 Fast and Furious 6 May 24, 2013 Berlin and various European locations. Rules Warning: spoiler: guess who will return to the series:
Brian: Maybe the Letty we once knew is gone.  Dom (having just been shot by Letty): You don't turn your back on family, even when they do.

The team has 100 Million Dollars from the Brazil heist. How are they spending it?

We miss the old soundtrack - let's hear more of the same..! Full pardons so that they can "make their families whole again"? What families are those? And why is Letty driving a Jensen Interceptor?
7 Fast and Furious 7 April 2015 TBD Rules? Sucks? Jason Stratham plays the bad guy! Has Letty been rehabilitated? Can they be happy again in L.A. since they've already had the world?

Movie Posters

7. Fast and Furious 7

6. Fast and Furious 6

5. Fast 5

4. Fast and Furious

3. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

2. 2 Fast 2 Furious

1. The Fast and the Furious

Movie Trailers

6. Fast and Furious 6

5. Fast 5

4. Fast and Furious

3. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

2. 2 Fast 2 Furious

1. The Fast and the Furious