Fast X


  • Directed By:  Louis Leterrier
  • Released On: May 19, 2023
  • Owner: Universal
  • Box Office: $340 million
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The Fast and Furious franchise has always been synonymous with speed, action, and family. The latest entry, Fast X, aimed to elevate this to a whole new level as it races towards the grand finale of the iconic series.

Introduced as the first of a trilogy intended to conclude the franchise, Fast X puts a heavy emphasis on legacy. With Dominic Toretto, played by Vin Diesel, in the driver’s seat, the film attempts to weave in the essence of family and the weight of one’s past.

A significant new addition to the story is Dante, portrayed by Jason Momoa. Dante is set on a revenge path, fuelled by the legacy of his father’s loss. Momoa’s dynamic performance, influenced by Heath Ledger’s iconic Joker, emerges as the powerhouse of the narrative.

However, the film’s expansive ensemble cast has drawn some criticism. Apart from Dante and Dom, other characters seem to linger in the background.

Despite the presence of A-listers like Brie Larson and Alan Ritchson, Fast X grapples with the challenge of balancing its sizable cast. Characters like Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris) add limited value to the narrative, while much-anticipated reunions, like that of Han and Shaw, fall flat.

Financially, Fast X has already proven its might. Pushing the Fast & Furious franchise past the $7 billion mark, it stands tall as the fifth highest-grossing franchise of all time. Within just a weekend, the film grossed over $360 million, surpassing several of its predecessors.

While the numbers are strong, the film’s reception has been mixed. Critics argue that while Fast X shines in moments — thanks in part to performances by John Cena and the budding storyline surrounding Little Brian — it could have benefited from more evenly distributed character arcs and thrilling car stunts. The movie’s conclusion has also left many fans yearning for more, setting a high bar of anticipation for its sequels.

In a candid chat, Ludacris, a series veteran, offered a candid perspective on why the franchise continues to thrive: sheer profitability. Spending hundreds of millions on production is justified when the returns are in the billions.

As the franchise steers towards its conclusion with the two-part Fast 11, fans have much to look forward to. Rumors of Robert Downey Jr.’s involvement and the return of Dwayne Johnson add to the excitement.

Meanwhile, the success of spin-offs like Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw suggests that while the mainline series may be nearing its end, the world of Fast and Furious has plenty of gas left in the tank.

For now, fans can buckle up and enjoy the thrilling ride that Fast X promises, as it paves the road for the grand culmination of a two-decade-long saga.

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