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PostHeaderIcon Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise

When The Fast and the Furious opened in cinemas back in 2001, few people, if any at all, thought that it would turn into a global cinematic juggernaut. And yet here we are, 16 years and eight movies into becoming the most bankable movie franchise this side of super heroes and that galaxy far, far away.

The sheer might of the Fast and Furious franchise was on full display with the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the franchise and the movie that just zoomed its way to a record-breaking, $532-million opening weekend. If you thought you’d never see the day a Fast movie would beat out a Star Wars movie in opening weekend returns, well, it just happened.

Beyond the rarefied air that the franchise has achieved, there are still a lot of things about it that most of its fans are unaware of. Consider this then as a guide to a lot of important facts about the movies franchise that should give its fans a new-found appreciation of the many things, events, and what-could-have-beens that shaped the world of the Fast and Furious universe.

I mean, did you know that Vin Diesel wasn’t even the first choice to play the role of Domenic Toretto?

Well then…

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Find Out Why "The Fate of the Furious" Stinks In Three Minutes

I like movies with cars, especially if they’re packed with chase scenes. Who wouldn’t, right? But I’m old enough to consider “Bullitt” and “Gone in 60 Seconds” (the 1974 film, not the cheesy remake from 2000) masterpieces and “The Fast and the Furious” franchise highly overrated. I admit that the original movie was interesting and the idea somewhat fresh, but it went downhill from there. And, the saddest part is that the producers don’t know where to stop. Things got pretty ridiculous with Tokyo Drift, but they just kept making movies. Paul Walker’s death didn’t change a thing, and even before Furious 7 was out, it was confirmed that an eighth installment is underway.

I watched it the other day and boy, a tutorial on how to change headlamps on an AMC Gremlin is far more entertaining. “The Fate of the Furious” has no logic, defies physics (and not in a fun way like Looney Tunes’ Road Runner character), and has awful CGI effects compared to recent releases like “Mad Max: Fury Road.” I don’t know what the specific audience for this movie is, but based on some of the rave reviews, they settle for soooo little. And, you know what, I’m not even going to bother coming up with a proper review for this piece a crap. It’s not worth my time. FF8 stinks, and that’s that! If you want authentic car action, give “Bullitt,” “The Italian Job,” and “Gone in 60 Seconds” (again, I’m talking about the original 1974 movie) a go. Or, watch some drag racing. Heck, just rewatch all those teasers for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, they’re far more entertaining.

As for the Fast and Furious production team, get a freakin’ TV series already!


PostHeaderIcon Find Out Why "The Fate of the Furious" Stinks In Three Minutes

I like movies with cars, especially if they’re packed with chase scenes. Who wouldn’t, right? But I’m old enough to consider “Bullitt” and “Gone in 60 Seconds” (the 1974 film, not the cheesy remake from 2000) masterpieces and “The Fast and the Furious” franchise highly overrated. I admit that the original movie was interesting and the idea somewhat fresh, but it went downhill from there. And, the saddest part is that the producers don’t know where to stop. Things got pretty ridiculous with Tokyo Drift, but they just kept making movies. Paul Walker’s death didn’t change a thing, and even before Furious 7 was out, it was confirmed that an eighth installment is underway.

I watched it the other day and boy, a tutorial on how to change headlamps on an AMC Gremlin is far more entertaining. “The Fate of the Furious” has no logic, defies physics (and not in a fun way like Looney Tunes’ Road Runner character), and has awful CGI effects compared to recent releases like “Mad Max: Fury Road.” I don’t know what the specific audience for this movie is, but based on some of the rave reviews, they settle for soooo little. And, you know what, I’m not even going to bother coming up with a proper review for this piece a crap. It’s not worth my time. FF8 stinks, and that’s that! If you want authentic car action, give “Bullitt,” “The Italian Job,” and “Gone in 60 Seconds” (again, I’m talking about the original 1974 movie) a go. Or, watch some drag racing. Heck, just rewatch all those teasers for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, they’re far more entertaining.

As for the Fast and Furious production team, get a freakin’ TV series already!


PostHeaderIcon Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious

Fast and Furious 8, otherwise known as The Fate of the Furious, is on pace to be another money-making blockbuster for Universal Studios. It’s already set to make $600 million worldwide and it’s only been around for less than a week. There’s no question that the movie itself is a commercial success for those behind it, but like most of its predecessors, Fast 8 had its fair share of holes and could-have-beens that would’ve probably made for a more cohesive story and a better viewing experience all around.

We already know that the franchise has little regard for real-life physics, so we’re not even going to mention the audacity of throwing in a submarine in the movie. After all, this is the same franchise that has used tanks, buildings, and without question the longest fake runway in the world as part of its set pieces. As much as we enjoyed Fast 8, certain elements of it left a lot to be desired. Whether it was the lack of cohesion to the overarching Fast and Furious universe or the absence of key players that would’ve made the movie more rounded, we’ve rounded up our gripes about the movie with hopes and expectations of seeing them addressed at some point in the next two movies. We don’t know if they’ll happen, but it goes without saying that not seeing them on Fast 8 amounted to missed opportunities for the movie to be better than it otherwise already is.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious

Fast and Furious 8, otherwise known as The Fate of the Furious, is on pace to be another money-making blockbuster for Universal Studios. It’s already set to make $600 million worldwide and it’s only been around for less than a week. There’s no question that the movie itself is a commercial success for those behind it, but like most of its predecessors, Fast 8 had its fair share of holes and could-have-beens that would’ve probably made for a more cohesive story and a better viewing experience all around.

We already know that the franchise has little regard for real-life physics, so we’re not even going to mention the audacity of throwing in a submarine in the movie. After all, this is the same franchise that has used tanks, buildings, and without question the longest fake runway in the world as part of its set pieces. As much as we enjoyed Fast 8, certain elements of it left a lot to be desired. Whether it was the lack of cohesion to the overarching Fast and Furious universe or the absence of key players that would’ve made the movie more rounded, we’ve rounded up our gripes about the movie with hopes and expectations of seeing them addressed at some point in the next two movies. We don’t know if they’ll happen, but it goes without saying that not seeing them on Fast 8 amounted to missed opportunities for the movie to be better than it otherwise already is.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


PostHeaderIcon How Should the Fast and Furious Franchise Evolve from Here?

Alright, let’s not beat around the bush. The first Fast and Furious movie wasn’t exactly well thought out. At the time, Vin Diesel was just getting to be known, and the most popular name in the whole film was arguably Ja Rule, who is still probably kicking himself in the nuts for turning down a role in the second film. How many gears did those cars have in the drag racing scenes? It was certainly more than the five or six that they should have had, that’s for sure. And, I still can’t get past that floor pan falling out of Brian’s Eclipse during the first big race. Then we had 2 Fast 2 Furious, which at least tied into Brain’s story, but was followed up by Tokyo Drift. Now, Tokyo Drift was a decent movie with plenty of action and some interesting race scenes, but it was completely void of the main character(s) in the franchise.

Finally, things turned around for the franchise with the fourth installment, bringing the group back together. Eventually, we ended up with movies that showcase a sense of family and never giving up on them – all the way up to the most recent film when Dom ends up turning his back on his family altogether. Foe have become friends, and friends have become foe. The family has wreaked havoc to the tune of an estimated $514 million over the course of eight films. What started out as a B-movie has turned into some pretty intense and highly successful films. With Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel reportedly feuding during the filming of Fate of the Furious, and Brian O’Conner officially out of the mix, where should the franchise go?

Keep reading for the rest of the story


PostHeaderIcon You Won't Believe How Well The Fate of the Furious Performed Over the Weekend

With the untimely demise of Paul Walker, the man who played Brian O’Conner, there was a huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over the newest installment of the Fast and Furious Franchise. For a while, it was rumored that Paul’s brother would step in and O’Conner would continue to be a part of the story, while other rumors indicated that he would be written off as being retired. Needless to say, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding how successful future installments would be without the buster turned gearhead. But, as it turns out, his memory – in conjunction with the rest of the “family” – was enough to keep the franchise going full speed ahead. So much so, in fact, that The Fate of the Furious saw an estimated $532.5 million in earnings globally over the holiday weekend.

For those of you who have been sleeping for the few years, that was enough to top even “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” but $3.5 million, making “The Fate of the Furious” the biggest global opening in history of the big screen. It also broke the international opening record with earnings topping $432.3 million, that’s $116 million more than “Jurassic World” made when it opened and set the international record back in 2015. Domestically, it made a total of $102.2 million here in the U.S., which puts it second place in the franchise, being beat out only by Furious 7 at $147 million.

And, even though O’Conner was written off as retired, there are several references throughout the movie that kept the character, and the late actor, fresh in our minds and a part of the franchise even in his absence.

Keep reading for the rest of the story


PostHeaderIcon You Won't Believe How Well The Fate of the Furious Performed Over the Weekend

With the untimely demise of Paul Walker, the man who played Brian O’Conner, there was a huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over the newest installment of the Fast and Furious Franchise. For a while, it was rumored that Paul’s brother would step in and O’Conner would continue to be a part of the story, while other rumors indicated that he would be written off as being retired. Needless to say, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding how successful future installments would be without the buster turned gearhead. But, as it turns out, his memory – in conjunction with the rest of the “family” – was enough to keep the franchise going full speed ahead. So much so, in fact, that The Fate of the Furious saw an estimated $532.5 million in earnings globally over the holiday weekend.

For those of you who have been sleeping for the few years, that was enough to top even “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” but $3.5 million, making “The Fate of the Furious” the biggest global opening in history of the big screen. It also broke the international opening record with earnings topping $432.3 million, that’s $116 million more than “Jurassic World” made when it opened and set the international record back in 2015. Domestically, it made a total of $102.2 million here in the U.S., which puts it second place in the franchise, being beat out only by Furious 7 at $147 million.

And, even though O’Conner was written off as retired, there are several references throughout the movie that kept the character, and the late actor, fresh in our minds and a part of the franchise even in his absence.

Keep reading for the rest of the story


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