Welcome back at the Fast & Furious week, were today the films Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Fast & Furiuos 6 will be discussed! This means we skip the third made film: Tokyo Drift. That one takes place between the sixth and seventh film. In the fourth film the actors Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez return to the franchise and the next two films add even more characters to the cast. With the start of the fourth film, Fast & Furious, also an actual storyline starts which continues in the next two films. The films are more consecutive and a true series is about to start! Maybe we should thank director Justin Lin and writer Chris Morgan for this. Lin is the director of all these three films, as he was the director of Tokyo Drift. The same goes for Morgan, with the exception he also wrote Furious 7.
After Brian’s name got cleared in 2 Fast 2 Furious, he’s back and now works for the FBI. At the same time Dom and his new crew – consisting of Letty, Han (Sung Kang), Leo (Tego Calderon), Santos (Don Omar) and Cara- have been hijacking fuel tankers in the Dominican Republic. When their trail gets too hot, Dom disbands the crew. Dom is still a fugitive but when he hears about Letty’s death, Dom returns to Los Angeles and starts his own investigation. This is where he reunites with Brian who is tracking down Braga, a drug trafficker. Brian and Dom both enter a street race where the winner will join Braga’s team of drivers. So on, Brian is back on an undercover mission and starts working together with his old friend Dom. Things got bad when Brian arrests the wrong Braga, but a suspension won’t hold him back. He joins Dom to go to Mexico to catch Braga after all. When the cops show up at the other side of the border they arrest Dom, despite Brian’s request for clemency, and he’s sent to prison. This is the moment when Brian and Dom’s sister Mia kiss the legal life goodbye. With the help of Leo and Santos, they are on a mission to intercept the prison bus with their fast cars.
Like I said, the fourth film is all about starting a series with proper sequels. It’s also the film where Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner chooses his friends over the FBI and the laws. It was sad we had to say goodbye to Letty so soon, since she and Dom did share a very beautiful moment in the beginning of Fast & Furious. But with the absence of Letty another fierce lady makes her appearance. Gal Gadot plays Gisele who works for Braga (John Ortiz) and recruits new drivers for her boss’ team. In the end she chooses Dom’s side and becomes part of his crew. It’s no surprise we get to see some impressive races and not only on the streets of Los Angeles, but also through some tunnels which connects Mexico to the US. Just like the first film, The Fast and the Furious, the line between right and wrong is very thick in the beginning as Brian is part of a FBI mission and Dom is into illegal stuff, and when things go wrong for Dom’s team he takes matter into his own hands. But in this film the line becomes thinner much quicker as Dom and Brian start working together and Brian does anything he can to spare Dom a lifetime in prison. When Brian can’t do that the legal way, he also takes matter into his own hands. This is where the film ends and the fifth film continues.
Fast Five starts showing the scene of a crashed bus which transported prisoners. But who’s nowhere to be found? Dominic Toretto! Dom, Brian and Mia escapes to Rio de Janeiro and reunite with Dom’s old friend Vince – who we met in the first film. While the authorities search for them, the trio needs money and therefore they join Vince and other participants on a job to steal three cars from a train. But the job turns out to be a disaster, where the cars were seized property and agents from the US DEA were on the train as well – who got killed in the process. Mia manages to steal the most important car, but Dom and Brian are captured and brought to crime lord Hernan Reyes, the owner of the cars. However, Dom and Brian escape and return to their safe house where Mia and the car already are. Vince admits there’s a chip in the car which he was planning to sell to Reyes. When Brian discovers what’s on the chip, they decided to keep it and use it for their own goods. They organize a team to plan the perfect heist and therefore the characters from the previous films return: Han, Roman Pearce, Tej, Gisele, Leo, and Santos.
In the meantime Special Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his team arrive in Rio and with the help of local officer Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), they are on a mission to arrest Dom and Brian. What they don’t know is that Reyes’ men are also after Dom and his team, which eventually leads to some deaths in Hobbs’ team. Wanting to avenge his murdered team, Hobbs and Elena agree to help with the heist. The heist isn’t a quiet one and we can enjoy an amazing car chase on the streets in Rio. In my opinion, this is one of the most impressive scenes from the complete series! In fact, this film is my favourite of the franchise! Out of respect for the team, Agent Hobbs gives them a 24-hour head start to escape. Fast Five is the first film in the franchise with a post-credits scene. During this scene we see a short cameo of Eva Mendes’ Monica Fuentes who gives Agent Hobbs a file concerning the hijack of a military convoy. One of the suspects is no other than Dom’s former girlfriend Letty, who had been presumed dead… On to Fast & Furious 6!
Fast & Furious 6 is all about helping the FBI in exchange for amnesty, allowing them to return home to the United States, and reuniting with their presumed dead friend Letty. Following their successful Rio heist, Dom and his crew have fled around the world, but now Agent Hobbs is back with a special request. Because of Letty and in exchange for amnesty, Dom accepts the mission which brings him to London where he and his team must take out former British Special Forces soldier Owen Shaw. The whole team is back – with the exception of Leo and Santos – and they get help from Hobbs and his colleague Riley Hicks (Gina Carano). Carano has some pretty impressive fighting skills, but that’s about it. We see her fight against Letty – who has amnesia and can’t remember anything about her life with Dom – who’s on Shaw’s team, but acting wise it’s not that good. And after we find out Riley is a spy or double agent, I can’t really say anything nice about Carano or her character. While in London there are some street races, but in my opinion they never live up to the ones in the fourth or fifth film.
After Tej finds out where Shaw’s next attack is about to take place, they head to Spain. This results in a spectacular race on a Spanish highway, a bit over the top but impressive! Just as the last scene where Dom’s crew chases Shaw while he’s on a moving plane on a runway. This fight against Shaw and his crew doesn’t end well for Gisele as she sacrifices herself to save Han. The others get their pardons and go back home, except for Han as he goes to Tokyo. And this is the part when some things start to look familiar. While racing trough Tokyo, Han gets hit by an oncoming car which has been covertly watching chase. This is the scene from the film Tokyo Drift and I always thought Han was hit by DK’s car. However, in the end-credits-scene we see who’s responsible for Han’s death: Jason Statham. “You don’t know me, but you’re about to.”
The film Furious 7 shows us which character Statham plays, but first things first. Which of these three films is your favourite? Mine is definitely Fast Five. This the first film where Brian O’Conner isn’t part of the police or FBI anymore and is completely on Dom’s side. It’s also the film with the amazing heist in Rio, where the whole team comes together and where we meet two new characters: Dwayne Johnson’s Agents Hobbs and Elsa Pataky’s police officer Elena. I love the vibe of the film and the fact that the crew is against another criminal organisation. Also the planning of the heist makes the film more interesting. The action is not that ridiculous yet, it’s more believable. Tomorrow I will discuss the film Tokyo Drift, the film where we see Han again and some amazing drift races! Till to tomorrow!