'Fast and Furious' is the weirdest franchise you can ever put your hands on, the way the series morphed from street racing to superhero level of comic book madness, is something no one expected when the first movie was released back in 2001.
It was simpler times, no submarines coming from under an icy lake, no flying cars; it was all about racing and stealing. But you cannot do the same thing forever now, can you? So, they changed, and we got something we’d never seen before. For people who want their movies to be as realistic and grounded in real life as possible, this movie series is not for you. But for people who just want to enjoy non-sensical fun where you can just enjoy two hours of your life and don’t need to worry about the world, this is precisely the franchise for you.
The problem with jumping into the Fast and Furious franchise is the whole universe is a jumbled mess. Chronological watching can be a headache because some movies contain number whereas others don’t, and some are prequels instead of a sequel. If you thought Star Wars series is a mess, this is something else entirely. So, for your reference, this is the complete timeline for all the Fast and Furious movies and short films.
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
This is the first movie made in the franchise, and this is also the first movie in the series if they don’t decide to pull some crazy shenanigans down the road. The first movie is simple; an undercover police officer goes after a group of muscle car enthusiasts and tries to bring them down. Along the way, Brian falls in love with the ex-con who he is supposed to bring down, but by the end, 'Dom' and 'Brian' become friends.
This was supposed to be a movie based on a newspaper article but little did we knew then the beast of a franchise it was going to morph into.
Turbo Charged Prelude (2003)
'Two Fast and Two Furious' was not precisely a sequel, it was, but it wasn’t because before the movie we got a prelude of Brian’s escape from the law. This was a short film of maps and hardly any dialogues, and we see how Brian was able to be an expert race car driver and also his arrest which pushes us into the next film in the franchise.
2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
The prelude set the mood, and '2 Fast and 2 Furious' carried the momentum forward. This is the only film not to feature Dom, and also this is the only film where Brian is full-on surfer accent. It is not a pleasant sight to see, because, with the accent and flimsy plot, this was one of the worst movies in the franchise. No worries though, this movie still gave us Ludacris’ 'Tej Parker' and Tyrese Gibson’s Roman Pierce who well later make an appearance in the ensemble.
Los Bandeleros (2009)
Another short film but this time Dom returns, and we see him with 'Letty' in the Dominican Republic. It was a setup for the next movie Fast and Furious and told us where Dom is while Brian is on the run. It explains all the plot points but one this just escapes us, how the hell did Brian go from a street thug to a full-blown FBI agent?
Fast & Furious (2009)
This is tied for the worst movie in the franchise, and we kind of hate the whole film except the ending. Letty is killed in this film, and we see Dom get arrested in this film. For his crimes, Dom is sentenced to 25 years in prison, but with a friend like Brian and sister like 'Mia', no prison was going to hold Dom.
This movie was also our first introduction to 'Giselle' played by Gal Gadot and 'Han' played by Sung Kang, this is not the first movie in the franchise for Han, but it is the first chronologically.
Fast Five (2011)
Fast Five is our favorite movie in the franchise because it was something unique and also because this was the last film before the creators of this franchise went bat-shit crazy. Mia and Brian are on the run and hiding in Brazil where during a heist Dom arrives and they find a way to get filthy by robbing the biggest drug dealer in Brazil.
For this heist, Dom brings in everyone from the other franchise and this movie is where 2 Fast 2 Furious was made cannon. No one asked for it, but still, they bring the film in. This movie is also great because of the introduction of 'Luke Hobbs', played by Dwayne Johnson. They also introduced 'Elena Neves', who is going to be important down the line.
Fast and Furious 6 (2013)
This is the movie where all hell broke loose. Dom and his friends are after an evil clone of the family, and there are some mad car chases in London. Letty turns out to be alive, and Dom is technically a superhero in this movie.
This film also contains the airfield where the runway is about 25 miles long because the family keeps trying to bring the plane down and it keeps on running. Like we said, it’s stupid, this is also the movie where Giselle dies, and since Han and Giselle were in a relationship he doesn’t want to stay in Europe, so he decides to go to Japan. By the way, the post-credit scene in this film was excellent, more on that next
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
You notice the date we just put at the end of the title, it says 2006, and it is not a mistake because the end credit scene in Fast and Furious 6 made this movie the eighth part in the series.
Han takes an American student in Tokyo under his wing and teaches him how to drift cars, but during a big car chase sequence, Han is hit by a car and his car explodes. The man inside the other car was Jason Statham whose brother was almost killed by Dom and his friends, and as an act of revenge, he kills Han. This was not the original idea for the film, Tokyo Drift was a spin-off from the franchise, but the creators reverse-engineered the main franchise into the third film in the franchise and made it into the eight one.
Don’t worry about the fact everyone is using flip phones in the movie when they were using advanced gadgets in Fast and Furious six.
Furious 7 (2015)
The franchise gets back on track with this one, but the rift between the lead actors meant Hobbs was limited to just two appearances in the whole film. The car sequence in the city is one of the best, and the drones are great as well, which is really funny though is the final confrontation between Dom and Shaw. Dom kicks the parking lot floor and collapses it, yes; this movie is on the stupidest level of stupidity.
By the way, the plane jump with the cars is one of the best stunts we’ve seen in the franchise.
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Even the names are getting weirder; the same was the case with the whole movie. Charlize Theron stars as 'Cipher', and she is getting Dom to turn into a villain and work for her. This movie was also where The Rock and Vin Diesel couldn’t even work together, so their scenes were shot separately.
The hero turns villain thing all stemmed from Dom’s child with Elena Neves whom Cipher is leveraging against Dom. This was an okay movie, and they turned Shaw into a good guy. He killed Han, people; family means nothing to you?
Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019)
Since Dwayne and Vin can’t seem to work together, so it seems the studio found a way to keep both stars happy by giving their own franchises. 'Deckard Shaw' and Luke Hobbs played by Jason Statham work together to stop 'Brixton' played by Idris Elba. The movie was released today, so we are on our way to watch the film as soon as this thing is over.
With nine films, eight in a series and one spin-off Fast and Furious franchise is not slowing down any time soon. There is Fast and Furious scheduled for release in 2021, and according to Diesel, there are two more spin-offs in the works for the franchise. So, be ready to see more of the family in the years to come.