The Single Biggest Mistake Each Fast & Furious Film Has Made

One of cinema's greatest action franchises still isn't perfect...

Fast And Furious 9
Universal

The Fast and the Furious, Universal's ludicrously successful action franchise, is concluding the main series of films after two more sequels and one can only hope that these two will be a good end to this much-loved series. When it comes to making the tenth and eleventh films, the films' makers could learn a lot from revisiting the other movies.

Of course, The Fast and the Furious is arguably one of cinema's best action franchises ever and therefore most of the films set an excellent example, but they've also made their share of mistakes.

From dull villains to excessive run-times, from poor writing to iffy special effects, this series has made plenty of missteps despite its mostly high quality; while many of these issues are most-reflected by the first four films in the series, which were considerably weaker, the later films certainly aren't exempt.

So, which is the single worst thing in each of the films? Which mistakes do the tenth and eleventh films need to avoid? It's time to find out...

10. The Fast And The Furious - The Lack Of Stakes

Fast And Furious 9
Universal Pictures

The Fast and the Furious is a good action film and the best of the pre-Fast Five films of the series; it's given an enormous boost by the terrific characters, who are introduced in style here, as well as their surprisingly touching relationships and some very fun action scenes.

Nonetheless, there are definite issues with the plot, which is basically an unauthorized remake of Point Break with street racing instead of surfing. The biggest problem overall is the general lack of stakes, which ensures that the film isn't as suspenseful as it could've been.

Unlike with the film's spiritual predecessor, Point Break, there isn't really a sense that anyone is in danger throughout the story and the main villain of the film, Johnny Tran (Rick Yune), is an underused, under-developed afterthought. Instead, much of the film focuses on Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) taking down Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), who isn't really an antagonist at all.

Still, looking on the bright side, the other films all had a prominent villain and clearly established a sense of danger, so this is a mistake the other films mostly avoided.

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Film Studies graduate, aspiring screenwriter and all-around nerd who, despite being a pretentious cinephile who loves art-house movies, also loves modern blockbusters and would rather watch superhero movies than classic Hollywood films. Once met Tommy Wiseau.