The Fast & Furious franchise has been entertaining audiences for over two decades, following Vin Diesel’s Toretto family on their increasingly more elaborate adventures with high-speed chases, adrenaline-fueled action, and an ever-growing ensemble cast. But which films are the best according to Rotten Tomatoes? We’ve compiled the top 5 films, ranked by their Fresh rating, so you can relive the most intense and exciting moments from the series before the release of ‘Fast X’. Let’s rev up our engines and take a look!
5. The Fate Of The Furious (2017) 67%
‘The Fate of the Furious’ is the eighth instalment in the series and follows Dom as he is coerced into betraying his team by a mysterious cyber-terrorist. With high-speed chases and explosive stunts it still delivers plenty of adrenaline-fueled action for fans of the franchise but starts to push the characters into superhero territory with acts of strength and indestructibility.
4. Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019) 68%
Although not technically part of the main franchise, this spin-off film stars Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham reprising their fan-favourite roles from previous entries. The film sees Hobbs and Shaw teaming up to take down a genetically enhanced villain played by Idris Elba. With big name cameos and insane action, this film proved that the Fast franchise has a life beyond the Toretto family.
3. Fast & Furious 6 (2013) 71%
The sixth film reunites the crew for another mission, this time to take down a dangerous criminal organization with a personal connection to one of the crew members. The action comes to Europe for the first time, with epic chases and intense fight scenes featuring an armoured F1 style car, a tank, and a cargo plane. This film steps it up a gear and shifts the franchise into ‘Mission: Impossible’ territory.
2. Fast Five (2011) 78%
With a score of 78%, ‘Fast Five’ was the film that relaunched the franchise by teaming up the characters from all the earlier films. This film brings in Dwayne Johnson as Hobbs to hunt down the team while they try to pull off a daring heist and escape the clutches of a ruthless drug lord. A key film in the series, events from this one set up this year’s ‘Fast X’.
1. Furious 7 (2015) 81%
Tugging at heartstrings with the loss of Paul Walker, ‘Furious 7’ became an instant hit with a 81% Fresh rating. Picking up threads from previous instalments and adding Jason Statham and Charlize Theron to the cast, this movie features a high-stakes chase to stop a terrorist mastermind from launching a global cyber attack.
So there you have it, the top 5 Fast & Furious films as rated on Rotten Tomatoes. Whether you agree with these rankings or not, one thing is for sure – this franchise is here to stay (even though they claim it will finish in two years time with 11) and will continue to offer plenty of high-octane thrills for years to come.
‘Fast X’ is due in cinemas on 19th May.
What’s your favourite? Comment below.
Looking forward to the new one.