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    GRIMEYtheFATMAN
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    In the comments section for IGN’s story on Vin Diesel teasing ‘Fast 8’ on Instagram,  and as is often the case in many comments sections of stories relating to the ‘Fast & Furious’ series, I saw stupid people professing to be fans, yet only proving themselves to be idiots…
    It really amazes me how some people either disregard or flat-out hate Tokyo Drift for ‘ruining’ their beloved ‘street-racing’ franchise, especially when you consider that, A) street-racing has almost never been the main focus of any movie in this franchise since the very first one, and B) the only movie that DID primarily focus on racing(TD) is usually the one that the so-called ‘purists’ either like the least, or outright hate…

    Let’s go ahead and break-down the plots of each movie to drive this point home:

    * TFaTF – A young cop goes undercover to infiltrate a street-racing crew that is suspected of hijacking semi-trucks to steal their cargo.  Basically ‘Point Break’ on wheels…

    * 2F2F – Now a fugitive, the cop from the first movie is captured and recruited by the FBI agent who oversaw him in the last movie to bring down a drug lord via said drug lord’s attempt to move his drug money.  Replace the 2 outlaw protagonists with cops and add explosions, and you’ve got ‘Bad Boys 2‘(hell, both movies even have one of the protagonists becoming romantically involved with the sexy agent already undercover within the drug lord’s operation…)…

    * TFaTF:TD – A street-racing high school student, in order to avoid jail-time after a race goes wrong, must move-in with his father in Tokyo, where he learns the art of drifting.  When a tragic turn of events pits him against the Drift King, nephew of the local Yakuza boss, he must emerge victorious in a winner-take-all race, or else…  Sure, the ‘zero-to-hero’ story here, with few alterations, showed up in plenty of street-racing games around that time, but that’s my point – it’s a street-racing story, not some other kind of story with 1 or 2 street-race set pieces thrown in.  Hell, it’s also the last movie to show more than 1 race per movie(4 only showed the race for the last spot on Braga’s crew, 5 only showed the ‘$1,000,000 drag race’ with the cop cars, 6 only showed Dom vs amnesiac Letty, and 7 only showed Letty vs random guy at Race Wars…)…

    *F&F – The cop-turned-fugitive from the first two films is now an FBI agent himself, and must team-up with the crew leader from the first film, who is out for vengeance for one of his crew members(his girlfriend), to bring down another drug lord(the one responsible).  While it’s the 4th film in the series, it’s actually the 3rd, chronologically…

    *FF – The protagonists from the previous film rendezvous with another member of the crew from the first film in Rio, who informs them of an upcoming job for easy money, but when it goes wrong, they find themselves sought by both the U.S. government and the local crime boss.  When the crew realizes why, exactly, the crime boss is after them, they use the information to plan a heist, and recruit friends from the second and fourth films to help them pull it off before the criminals and American agents close in…  Let’s just call a spade a spade here and dub this one ‘The Brazilian Job’; chronologically, this one is the 4th…

    *F&F6 – The expanded crew is recruited by the government, in return for clearing their criminal records, to help stop a gang of mercenary thieves targeting military assets and led by a black-ops specialist after learning the crew member thought lost in the 4th movie may be one of the mercs…  And with this entry being the last one set before Tokyo Drift, we’ve finally caught up to the 3rd movie.  Yay…

    *F7 – When their home is destroyed while a member of their crew is also killed, the crew learns they are being targeted by the assassin older brother of the merc leader from the last movie, seeking vengeance for his comatose younger brother.  After rescuing the crew leader from the assassin, Mr. Nobody, leader of a spec-ops group, offers the crew a means to get retribution – a program that taps into existing infrastructure to find anyone, anywhere.  But Nobody needs the crew to rescue the programmer, who is the only person who knows where it is, from a mercenary terrorist group who want to use the program for evil.  After thwarting the mercenaries, they team with the assassin to destroy the crew…

    Note how it was only necessary to mention street racing in 2 of these synopses for these 7 movies, and how in this supposed ‘street-racing’ franchise, only one damn film was actually about racing.  Also, don’t expect the series to return to racing anytime soon, as there are at least 3 movies left, and Mr. Nobody is reportedly returning for at least 2 of them…

    "Regardless of the question, the correct answer is usually 'a V8'..." - GRIMEYtheFATMAN

    #14408

    MustangGuy
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    First was, and will always be, the best. It, along with Tokyo Drift, was the only story was an even somewhat realistic story line.

    #14425

    GRIMEYtheFATMAN
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    The first one was ruined for me by my older sister when she pointed out how stupid a lot of the dialog sounded – it could never match the first time I saw it in a theater(she made her comment on the way back to the car after that first watch), though that may also be partly because when the black Charger first shows up on the screen, a guy in the row ahead of me said ‘Finally – a REAL car!’…

    "Regardless of the question, the correct answer is usually 'a V8'..." - GRIMEYtheFATMAN

    #18562

    Rogues Gambit
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    Tokyo Drift was the only true fast and furious imo, rest were cop stories with cars and then became action movies with Cars

    I need to keep working on my series, better than Slow and Curious

    #18563

    Rogues Gambit
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    Better than Fast and Furious

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