Arts & Culture

The transformation of ‘Fast & Furious’

By Samuel Cheng

Published 2:09 PDT, Fri September 16, 2022

Last Updated: 12:32 PDT, Tue October 11, 2022

In the next part of a series on movies, we explore the "Fast & Furious" franchise.

The Fast & Furious movie franchise is about a group of closely-knit friends and family members who love to street race in their custom modified cars.

Over the years, the movie series has transcended and deviated from the original theme of street car racing.

To date, there are ten movies in the Fast & Furious saga, including one spin-off film. After spanning over two decades, the adventures of main character Dominic Toretto and his friends are finally coming to an end.

Two more movies are on the line to wrap off the incredible saga. The second-last movie is titled Fast X and is scheduled to roll out on May 19, 2023 in the United States. The final movie is expected to be released in 2024.

Travelling back in time, the first several movies featured villains that were nothing more than a local drug lord and crooked gangster leaders. However, 2009’s Fast & Furious marked the turning point of the franchise as it shifted its focus from street racing to battling international criminals.

As a result, scenes of street racing have gradually diminished in subsequent films. Instead, more and more eye-catching elements such as computer-generated imagery (CGI), crime fighting, and stunts have been incorporated in recent movies in the franchise.

A car flying off a dock and onto a yacht was no longer seen as a feat. Instead, driving a car out the window of a skyscraper and into two other skyscrapers before finally landing on the ground is the new norm in terms of stunts. 

The introduction of major characters like Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham respectively, set the tone for the following movies.

The transformation of the blockbuster franchise has left fans divided. One side reminisces on the good old days of cars and racing, while the other side enjoys the theatrical explosions and dramatic special effects.

Nonetheless, two features have remained constant throughout the Fast & Furious franchise: million-dollar sports cars and bikinis.

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