Imagine walking out of the cinema in 2001 after watching a street racing movie and being told than in 20 years, this same franchise will go to space. You probably wouldn’t believe it, yet that’s exactly what happened with the Fast and Furious series. After 2021’s outlandishly entertaining F9, where do you go? Well, the trailer for Fast X is here, and it’s exactly what you’d expect.
Right off the bat, the cast feels like a fever dream. What’s Rita Moreno doing here? Why is Jason Momoa cosplaying as Scott Stapp while absolutely fucking shit up? Is that his asscrack? What role does Brie Larson play? More importantly, is that a giant ball? Yes, yes, it is, and it cuts a bus clean in half. Between that and an insane helicopter crash caused by Domenic Toretto, I’m glad the laws of physics still don’t mean a thing in the Fast universe.
As for what the film’s about, it seems like Jason Momoa’s character Dante was the son of the baddie killed in the Fast Five heist and is looking to exact revenge by taking out the crew, but there’s also a race for survival in addition to gratuitous violence? Look, I’m sure people worked really hard on the plot of Fast X, but I’m fairly sure none of us are here for the plot. We’re here for stuff like Dom talking about family and Han, objectively the coolest character in the franchise, doing an absolutely filthy drift in a vintage Alfa Romeo GTV.
Taking it slowly through the Fast X trailer, there are some sweet cars here. E34 BMWs, Alfa 159s, a widebody S30 Z, a mean old Impala, a 997 GT3, Dom’s invincible Charger, and a gold-wrapped Gallardo all make an appearance. Admittedly, some of these cars get absolutely totaled, but that’s the way the Fast franchise goes.
There’s still a lot of moaning about how Fast movies aren’t about street racing anymore, but the original wasn’t the greatest street racing movie and the formula of Avengers With Cars actually rules. Sure, Tokyo Drift is awesome for car nuts, but 2 Fast 2 Furious and everything after Tokyo Drift is generally goofy fun everyone can enjoy.
Take it from someone who’s seen Tommy Wiseau’s The Room more than a dozen times: Just because something isn’t massively clever cinema doesn’t mean it’s not an entertaining film. Plus, any franchise that’s run for ten movies deserves some respect. Expect Fast X to drop on May 19, with the final movie in the main series coming at a later date.
(Photo credits: Universal Studios)
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