The Fast and Furious Films Have Gone Flat

The assembly line for the Fast and Furious movies has turned out eight films, but the quality of the latest ones shows it is time to shut down production.

By Hunter Hufstutler

From illegal street racing to chasing a rogue submarine, the Fast and Furious movie series has done it all. Throughout the eight (and counting) movies, they have easily surpassed the boundaries the audience once thought impossible. As each additional sequel was released, the popularity of the series spiked; but the amount of unrealistic events in the movies also increased. Under the current conditions of the movie series, I believe it is time to take a graceful exit while they are still ahead.

While it began as a thrilling action movie of the government infiltrating a group of street racing criminals, the series has evolved into more of a redundant family drama. In each of the last new movies, a criminal is thrown into the plot, threatens Dom and his family, and an action-intense battle ensues. This familiar plot has started to grow repetitive. The adrenaline pumped racing scenes and car culture have been exchanged for impractical stunts and unfeasible technological advances. The pink slip street races and car modification scenes are no more. They have been swapped for scenes where cars are chasing an enormous plane or where cars are racing a submarine across a frozen bay. While I will admit they have done a good job at keeping cars involved, there is no reality in any of these events.

The new movies have basically nothing in common with the originals except for the characters.

One great example of these exaggerated events takes place in the sixth movie where the team is chasing a cargo plane across a runway to prevent a criminal from escaping. If we analyze this scene, we can already get a feeling for how exaggerated these events are. If we take the approximate speed that the plane was traveling and do some simple math, we will see that in order for this scene to be true, the runway they were on must have been at least 28 miles long. For comparison’s sake, the longest paved runway in the world is only 3.4 miles.

Another prime example takes place in Fast Five, where Dom and Brian steal a bank vault and pull it away with two Dodge Charger SRT-8’s. In the movie, their security expert explicitly states that the vault is “ten tons of top of the line security.” It is theoretically possible that the two cars could drag the vault, but at nowhere near the speed depicted in the movie. Not to mention that taking a turn while pulling the vault would be a complete disaster since the car’s change in direction would have little effect on the moving vault.

The movie series is filled with unrealistic events similar to these. They may be exciting to watch, but there comes a point where a line must be drawn. The new movies have basically nothing in common with the originals except for the characters. With the unrealistic events, repetitive storyline, and overwhelming movie budgets, I believe it is time for the series to come to an end.