The Fast and the Furious film series consists of five street racing action films produced by Universal Studios, with a sixth and final installment on the way. While none of the films have had high critical praise (excluding Fast Five), all of them have been successful at the box office.
It seems like it was just yesterday when actors, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker fastened their seat belts in the first movie released in 2001. With five movies under this franchise’s belt, the action-packed car racing movie series have reinvented itself in hopes to target a broader audience with heist films.
Fast Five, released on April 29, raked in the cash and left audiences with an ending that didn’t discount the possibility of future movies. Most known for its fast cars and adrenaline-pumping action, will the “Fast and the Furious” franchise be able to sustain itself in its new-found heist genre?
“We’ve heard so many people say, ‘I’ve never seen one and I’ve never wanted to see one,’ about the Fast franchise,” said Universal Studios Chairman Adam Fogelson. “So if these movies were still about street racing, there was probably a ceiling on how many people would buy tickets. We wanted to see if we could raise it out of about racing and make car driving ability just a part of the movie, like those great chases in ‘The French Connection,’ ‘The Bourne Identity,’ ‘The Italian Job.'”