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10 Times The Fast And Furious Movies Jumped The Shark

Ranking the most ridiculous moments in a franchise famed for its crazy stunts.

With Fast X set to hit theaters this week, it’s natural for fans of the Fast and Furious movies to reflect upon some of the most outrageous moments the franchise has provided over the years. If you’re someone who’s made it from the initial, much more grounded films to the absolutely over-the-top blockbusters the franchise has put out over the last decade, then there’s a good chance that you don’t care how utterly ridiculous they’ve become. Better yet, you probably embrace them for what they are: turn off your brain, action-packed fun.

Still, even the most devoted fans of the Fast and Furious movies would have to admit that a good number of their action sequences could cause even the least skeptical viewer to roll their eyes a bit. Then again, perhaps the laws of physics simply cease to exist to anyone in or associated with Dominic Toretto’s family. With that being said, this franchise didn’t just recently begin to jump the shark in terms of some of the ridiculous stunt–this been happening for a while now, as far back as 2003’s 2 Fast 2 Furious. Which are the most outrageous examples, though? I’m glad you asked!

Honestly, there are far more than just ten times when the Fast and Furious movies pushed the limits on what is or isn’t believable. We probably won’t cover everything in this list, including the number of crashes that members of the crew always manage to walk away from without a scratch. Here are some moments that just missed the cut, though:

Honorable Mention: Train Heist (Fast Five)

Dominic Toretto driving a car out of a moving train during Fast Five, one of the highest rated Fast and Furious movies | Agents of Fandom
Many people point to the Fast Five train heist as the point where the Fast and Furious movies really begin to go off the rails (literally, in this instance). Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Fast Five completely reinvigorated the franchise, and the train heist during the film’s first act is part of the reason why. It was, at that point, probably the most outlandish thing we had seen the Fast and Furious movies attempt. If only we knew what we were in for later on in that very same flick! It doesn’t crack our top ten, but needs to be mentioned for sure.

Honorable Mention: Dom and Hobbs blow up Jakande’s helicopter (Furious 7)

Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) pictured in the driver's seat of his vehicle during the final act of Furious 7 | Agents of Fandom
Driving a car straight into the path of a helicopter, attaching a bag of explosives onto it and having your pal blow it up by shooting at it from a distance still isn’t crazy enough to crack our top 10 list. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Taking place mere moments after a scene that does make our list, this logic defying moment disposes of Furious 7‘s main villain, Mose Jakande (Djimon Hounsou). As we would later find out, of course, he wasn’t the real villain, but rather one of Cipher’s lackeys. Dom surviving this scene because of an emotional speech from Letty instead of getting CPR might have been the most outlandish part. But hey, who needs medicine when you have family?

Honorable Mention: Dom swings his car from one canyon to another (F9: The Fast Saga)

Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Dom (Vin Diesel) pictured inside their vehicle during F9: The Fast Saga | Agents of Fandom
Letty seems far too calm for someone swinging in mid air across canyons while inside a car…or maybe she’s seen enough Fast and Furious movies to know that they’ll somehow land just fine. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Again, like the train heist above, this moment from F9 probably makes the list if not for something even more mind-blowing and nuts that happens in the final act. Still, it’s asking a lot out of your audience to believe that you could pull this off without the cable snapping when you’re in midair and then plummeting to your doom.

Honorable Mention: Hobbs breaks out of his cast (Furious 7)

Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) flexing his biceps to try and break his arm cast in Furious 7 | Agents of Fandom
I mean, this just isn’t physically possible, even if Daddy’s gotta go to work. Ask any doctor. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

You know that we had to mention this moment, just to include the gif. There might not be a more Dwayne Johnson certified moment in any other Fast and Furious movies than this one.

Honorable Mention: Paul Walker saying…this (2 Fast 2 Furious)

Paul Walker pictured speaking the line "I said forget about it, cuh" to Tyrese Gibson during 2 Fast 2 Furious | Agents of Fandom
No matter what crazy things you see or hear in the Fast and Furious movies, this moment from 2 Fast 2 Furious might take the cake. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Shoutout to TJ Zwarych for this one. Let’s be honest: the Fast and Furious movies were destined for insanity the second these words came out of Paul Walker’s mouth.

10. Brian drives straight onto a luxury yacht (2 Fast 2 Furious)

A car crashing into a yacht during 2 Fast 2 Furious | Agents of Fandom
This stunt from Brian O’Conner in 2 Fast 2 Furious seems like nothing compared to what we see in recent Fast and Furious movies, but it’s still an example of how early these films began to push boundaries. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

I know that a lot of people consider 2 Fast 2 Furious to be the ugly duckling of the franchise, and I won’t really argue with that. But this moment from the film’s final act was pretty damn cool, not to mention literally impossible. An impact like this would have caused that boat to sink, no matter how expensive and fancy it was. We should have known that the Fast and Furious movies were headed for some crazy heights at this point.

9. Han is “resurrected” (F9: The Fast Saga)

Sung Kang pictured as his character Han in F9: The Fast Saga | Agents of Fandom
Compared to the remaining items on this list, a resurrection/death fake out like we saw with Han in F9 seems like nothing. Still, the explanation definitely makes you raise an eyebrow. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Okay, this isn’t a resurrection as much as it was a retcon. But still, what the hell?! We saw Han’s car blow up. He was inside said car. Now we’re supposed to believe that he was a Mr. Nobody plant the entire time and somehow escaped that crash with his life? Honestly, this bothers me more than almost anything else the Fast and Furious movies have asked for us to accept. Maybe I should have put it higher?

8. Brian leaps over a falling bus and onto Letty’s car (Furious 7)

Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) pictured running up the side of a bus that's in the process of falling off a cliff in Furious 7 | Agents of Fandom
When this logic defying moment is only the third or fourth most outrageous scene in a movie, you know that you’re in for an absolute treat on the big screen. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Furious 7 comes up on this list more than any of the other Fast and Furious movies, and for good reason. This moment comes at the end of a fantastic fight inside this same bus between Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and Louis Kiet (Tony Jaa). While Kiet is able to escape the bus before it reaches the cliff, O’Conner isn’t so lucky. Honestly, though, Letty’s car arriving just in the nick of time to catch Brian might be more outlandish than his climb.

7. Dom collapses a parking garage by stomping on it (Furious 7)

Jason Statham (left) and Vin Diesel (right) moving towards each other with weapons in the final act of Furious 7 | Agents of Fandom
The final act of Furious 7 involved a fistfight, a wrench duel, vehicular warfare and…Dom Toretto causing a full on earthquake with just the stomp of his foot! “The street always wins,” indeed! Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

“You thought this was going to be a street fight?” Honestly, this moment is kind of a letdown after a pretty badass fight scene between Dom (Vin Diesel) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). I did not think it would end with Dom becoming an earth bender and literally causing an entire parking structure to collapse by stomping on a crack. Come on, man! He says a really cool one-liner as he does it, though, so bonus points for that.

6. Dom defies the laws of physics to catch Letty (Fast & Furious 6)

Vin Diesel (left) pictured trying to prevent Michelle Rodriguez (right) from falling during Fast & Furious 6 | Agents of Fandom
No, this wasn’t Vin Diesel’s audition to play Superman in James Gunn’s DC Universe. This moment from Fast & Furious 6 certainly looks like it could have been, though! Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

I mean, the screengrab says it all, no? This isn’t possible! Even with the momentum from crashing his car into the railing, Dom wouldn’t be able to catch Letty and then somehow keep moving forward. Oh, and did I mentioned that they land safely on the hood of a nearby car? Would’ve loved to be in one of the nearby cars on either bridge watching that play out!

5. Stealing Reyes’ Vault with a pair of Dodge Chargers (Fast Five)

A black Dodge Charger driving with an industrial sized vault attached to the back of it, as seen in Fast Five | Agents of Fandom
Widely considered to be one of the very best Fast and Furious movies, Fast Five contains one of the franchise’s most over the top moments: the infamous vault heist that destroyed half of Rio. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

Some people might be shocked to see this iconic Fast Five scene only fifth on this list. To those people, I say keep scrolling. You’ll see why. Similar to the train heist, this vault caper is the most outrageous concept that had been incorporated into the Fast and Furious movies at the time. I’m not sure that the city of Rio would have been able to recover in time to host the 2016 Olympics had something like this really happened!

4. Dom drives a Lykan Hypersport through 2 skyscrapers (Furious 7)

A Lykan Hypersport, shown here suspended in mid-air during Furious 7 | Agents of Fandom
Had there been no more Fast and Furious movies after Furious 7, this moment where Dom and Brian drive a 7 figure car through multiple skyscrapers would have topped our list. Alas, it’s only fourth. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

“Dom, cars don’t fly!” Or do they? Of all the downright ludicrous (or should I say Ludacris?!) moments throughout Furious 7, this scene takes the cake. This whole sequence includes a Ronda Rousey-Michelle Rodriguez fistfight, Jason Statham shooting up a penthouse and Tyrese Gibson shining brightly, but capping it off this way is pretty perfect. By this point in the franchise, we’ve been desensitized to Dom and his family surviving these crazy stunts.

3. Cipher deploys “zombie cars” in NYC (The Fate of the Furious)

Multiple vehicles pictured falling off of a building during The Fate of the Furious | Agents of Fandom
No, the Fast and Furious movies didn’t introduce the concept of raining cars. But The Fate of the Furious did indeed incorporate “zombie cars” courtesy of the film’s villain, Cipher. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

I was once among those who believed the Fast and Furious movies should have ended after Furious 7; thank goodness nobody listened to me! The Fate of the Furious introduced us to Cipher (Charlize Theron), a terrorist who is such an advanced hacker that she manages to remotely pilot random vehicles. Turning the streets of New York City into a war zone by weaponizing these “zombie cars” is definitely one of the zanier things you’ll ever see.

2. Idris Elba is a Super Soldier (Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw)

Idris Elba pictured in a lab during Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw | Agents of Fandom
While it’s a spinoff and not one of main Fast and Furious movies, Hobbs & Shaw makes the second spot on this list by literally introducing the concept of genetically enhanced superhumans. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

An argument could be made for this to be at the very top of the list. We now have super soldiers in the Fast and Furious movies! I could also see people protesting the inclusion of Hobbs & Shaw on this list, as it’s a spin-off film. I say it counts, as the movie does take place within the franchise’s timeline and directly references events. Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) may be gone, but he can’t be the only genetically enhanced dude kicking around within this franchise. Maybe we’ll see another pop up soon!

1. Roman and Tej fly a car into outer space (F9: The Fast Saga)

A car equipped with rockets orbiting the earth in F9: The Fast Saga | Agents of Fandom
For years, people joked that the Fast and Furious movies would wind up sending its characters to space. Amazingly (or perhaps predictably) enough, that’s exactly what happened in F9. Image Credit: Universal Pictures.

You knew that this had to be number one, right? Fans sarcastically (or perhaps seriously) predicted that the Fast and Furious movies would somehow end with Dom and his family blasting into space. As it turns out, we still have two or three installments to go now, and it’s only Roman and Tej who make the trip, but they get there! The crew claims that they consulted NASA when developing this concept, but let’s be real: regardless of what they were told, they were going to make this happen. And we love them for that.

What can the Fast and Furious movies do to top these moments?

I honestly don’t know what to expect from this family of adrenaline junkies, but you can be damn certain that they’ll do something to top the space car! The Fast and Furious movies are nothing if not crowd pleasers, so you can be sure that Fast X will bring the crazy a quarter mile at a time.

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