The Fate of the Furious, the latest installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise, has a new trailer.
A minute into the teaser and we're already asking ourselves, "What the hell just happened?!"
Even without Paul (may he rest in peace), The Fate of the Furious looks pretty neat with its abundance of car crashes and the inclusion of Charlize Theron, of course. Antagonist Jason Statham seems to be replacing Vin as one of the good guys, offering an intriguing subplot to the high-octane action.
The trailer also begs the question, where would the new film rank among its predecessors? Although we have yet to come up with the answer to that, we, in the meantime, rated the existing F&F movies from least to most impressive, excluding the two short films The Turbo Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and Los Bandoleros (2009).
7) The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
Box-office draw: $158,468,292
The only thing you'll remember from this forgettable installment is the infectious original motion picture soundtrack. Even the figures speak for themselves. Was production even serious when they replaced Paul and the crew with Lucas Black and freakin' Bow Wow?
6) 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
Box-office draw: $236,350,661
Tyrese Gibson added a new dynamic as Paul's sidekick, but it was obvious that the latter is better off with Vin, who did xXx with The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen at that time. Overall, 2 Fast 2 Furious was one of the better titles but not the best follow-up to a burgeoning franchise.
5) Fast & Furious (2009)
Box-office draw: $363,164,265
Although it redeemed Tokyo Drift's subpar box-office numbers, the fourth film of the series just didn't bring something new to the F&F table. The fiery opening sequence may have actually done more harm, making the rest of the movie seem rather dull. Plus, they killed off Michelle Rodriguez! Boo!
4) The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Box-office draw: $207,283,925
The one that started it all. Paul, Vin, Michelle, and Jordana Brewster introduced us to a world of adrenaline-pumping car chases and heart-stopping explosions. As expected, people weren't too sure of what to expect from a fresh release, but The Fast and The Furious was solid enough to hold up and kickstart a franchise.
3) Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Box-office draw: $789,214,664
This was peak action F&F, despite a watered down Dwayne Johnson and tank battle scene. The amnesia plotline exposes the series' drama component and unwittingly prepares its followers for an impending tragedy.
2) Furious 7 (2015)
Box-office draw: $1,516,045,911
The fanbase reeling over Paul's untimely death didn't stop the franchise from creating the film that became the sixth highest-grossing film of all time. Everything just fell into place in this installment, as if the man who played Brian O'Conner oversaw the production from above.
1) Fast Five (2011)
Box-office draw: $629,969,804
The Rock joins the cast and the rest is history, just like any other film he gets himself into. This is undoubtedly director Justin Lin's best work in the series, from enlisting the perfect adversary for Vin to procuring the most number of car models in a F&F movie at 107.