Retread old ground and prepare for the latest instalment
Fri, 12 May 2023 at 11:40 am BST
After more than two decades, the Fast and Furious saga is finally making its final turn as the thrilling climax of the Toretto family’s story comes into view in Fast X.
From the initial, mid-budget racing thriller directed by Rob Cohen, the films have exploded into an ambitious, globe-trotting action spectaculars that take their place as one of the most successful franchises of all time.
With Fast X on the horizon, here’s our breakdown of the saga as it stands.
The Fast and the Furious | 2001
Based on a 1998 magazine article about street racing, 2001’s The Fast and The Furious starred the late Paul Walker as Brian O’Conner, a police officer who goes undercover in the world of illegal street racing to investigate a spate of truck hijackings.
He befriends racer Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel), and is welcomed in by his family, including sister Mia (Jordana Brewster) and Dom’s partner Letty (Michelle Rodriguez). However, after becoming close to Dom, and falling in love with Mia, Brian turns his back on his profession and helps Dom evade the authorities.
2 Fast 2 Furious | 2003
Vin Diesel’s Dom didn’t return for 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), which had Brian and Tej Parker (Ludacris) being coerced into working with the FBI to take down drug lord Carter Verone. Brian recruits childhood friend Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) into helping them.
They succeed and have their criminal records cleared, using a cut of Verone’s cash to set up a garage in Miami.
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift | 2006
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) was a separate story following a young American racer (Lucas Black) entering the Tokyo underground racing scene.
Diesel made a cameo as Dom in the latter film’s closing moments.
Fast & Furious | 2009
Toward the end of the decade, Fast & Furious (2009) brought the crew back together as Brian (now an FBI agent) reluctantly teams up with Dom in order to take down a heroin importer who is connected to the death of Letty.
The pair are successful, although Dom’s involvement leads to him being arrested. Brian (now resigned from the FBI) and the remaining crew break him free.
Fast & Furious 5 (Fast Five) | 2011
From here, the movies moved from the racing to heist genre, moving around the world on elaborate missions.
Fast & Furious 5 (2011) saw Brian, Dom, and Mia put together a team comprised of characters from previous films to steal $100 million from a corrupt Brazilian politician (Joaquim de Almeida), while being pursued by relentless DSS Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson).
Fast & Furious 6 | 2013
The huge success of Fast Five was continued by Fast & Furious 6 (2013), where Hobbs recruits Dom and co to capture mercenary Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), who leads a crime syndicate that includes Letty, who is alive and suffering from amnesia.
Fast & Furious 7 (Furious 7) | 2015
2015’s Fast & Furious 7 was of course overshadowed by the tragic death of Paul Walker, and so as well as Dom and the crew going up against Owen Shaw’s vengeful brother Deckard (Jason Statham), it gave Brian a happy ending where he retired from a life of crime to be with Mia and their child.
Fast & Furious 8 (The Fate of the Furious) | 2017
In the following film, 2017’s Fast and Furious 8. Dom is seemingly the bad guy as he leaves his life of domesticity to work for cyber terrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron).
It emerges that he is doing so in order to protect his son, whom he had with another woman when he thought Letty was dead, and was unaware of. The rest of the team band together to defeat Cipher, and while the mother of his child doesn’t survive, Dom saves his son.
Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw | 2019
Outside of the main franchise, Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) saw Johnson and Statham share the screen as Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw are reluctantly partnered alongside Shaw’s sister (Vanessa Kirby) to take down a cybernetically enhanced terrorist named Brixton Lore (Idris Elba).
Fast & Furious 9 (F9) | 2021
Faces from the past continues to haunt Dom in Fast and Furious 9 (2021), which saw the arrival of Dom’s brother Jakob (John Cena). The younger sibling is estranged from Dom and Mia, working for the government before turning to a life of crime.
The two brothers fight to find a hacking device wanted by Jakob’s associate Cipher, but family ties prove stronger as the pair reconcile.
Fast X | 2023
Fast X sees Dominic ‘Dom’ Toretto once again antagonised by Cipher, who has joined forces with a face from Dom’s past. Jason Momoa plays Dante, the son of Fast Five villain Hernan Reyes.
Twisted by twelve years of grief, his plot for revenge will see the crew race across the world to prevent disaster, but Dom faces his toughest task yet when it emerges that Dante’s target is his son.
Fast X will be part one of a two part finale to the franchise. The eleventh film (currently in development) will be the last in the main franchise and the first to include a cameo appearance by Walker’s daughter Meadow Walker.
While this will be the end of the main franchise, cast and creatives involved with the films have expressed interest in telling new stories inside the same universe.
The Fast and Furious movies are in chronological order, with the exception of the third film – Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006). Scenes in later films confirm that Tokyo Drift’s story takes place in between Fast and Furious 6 and 7.
So, including the spin off movies, the order should be as follows:
The Fast and the Furious (2001), 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003), Fast & Furious (2009), Fast & Furious 5 (2011), Fast & Furious 6 (2013), The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006), Fast & Furious 7 (2015), Fast and Furious 8 (2017), Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019), and Fast and Furious 9 (2021).
For the completists among you, there are also two short films: Turbo-Charged Prelude, a short film that comes before 2 Fast 2 Furious and shows Brian’s journey between the first and second films, as well as Los Bandoleros, a prelude that comes before Fast and Furious (2009) concerning Dom’s journey between movies.