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There was a time when I had seen but one và a half movies in the Fast và Furious franchise.

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I had always been skeptical of the films" powers, perhaps because I had only seen 2 Fast 2 Furious (easily the worst installment) & Fast Five without sound, while on a plane (still pretty awesome).

Then I watched the first seven of them in a week.

That experience made me not just a convert, but an evangelist. The Fast & Furious movies stand as one of the best film franchises America has going for it right now — và maybe even a gloriously dumb representation of everything good about America.

They boast a healthy affection for old-fashioned, practical effects work, where most of the cars we see crashing are really cars crashing, not sprites in a computer. They have sầu a huge, talented, racially diverse cast. They feature openly sentimental, oddly complex storytelling. They"re a testament to lớn the bravery và diversity of this great l&, khổng lồ its boldness of spirit và openness of heart.

And, yes, to its ability lớn solve pretty much any problem by hurling a oto at it.

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Fast và Furious is a mutant hybrid horror of a movie franchise. It starts out as a low-key story of illegal street racers và eventually becomes, for all intents và purposes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) but with cars. Along the way, it freely appropriates tropes from the Halloween, Terminator, and James Bond franchises.

But underneath it all, Fast và Furious is a gr&, glorious soap opera, with motor oil pumping through a heart measured in horsepower.

This is America reimagined as a fireball.

What is the Fast và Furious franchise?

The Fast và Furious franchise consists of seven movies of gradually increasing mayhem, with an eighth hitting theaters on April 14, 2017.


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The first film is basically a small-scale character drama with some car chases thrown in here & there. The seventh film features cars parachuting out of airplanes. As you can probably surmise, things escalated over time.

Here’s a brief overview of all the films in the franchise, with quichồng plot descriptions, international box office totals, and the official rating: