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The Fast and The Furious film series is an action film that focuses on street racing and heists. Produced by Universal Studios, the series was established in 2001 with eponymous first installment, which has since been followed by four sequels, and two short films that tie into the series. In 2011, Fast Five was released in theaters.

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[edit] Storyline chronological orderEdit

After the creation of the third film, Tokyo Drift, filmmaker Justin Lin and writer Chris Morgan decided to connect their newest sequel with the original film of the series by casting Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, and Sung Kang to reprise their roles in subsequent sequels, Fast & Furious and Fast Five, whose plots provide a back-story of the characters and events that lead to The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. The installments are listed here in chronological order based on storyline instead of release order.

[edit] The Fast and The Furious (2001)Edit

Main article: The Fast and the Furious (2001 film)The film is loosely based on a magazine article, titled "Racer X," about street clubs that race Japanese cars late at night. Elite street racer and ex-convict Dominic "Dom" Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew: Jesse (Chad Lindberg), Leon (Johnny Strong), Vince (Matt Schulze), and Dom's girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are under suspicion of stealing expensive electronic equipment. Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) is an undercover police officer who attempts to find out who exactly is stealing the equipment, while falling for Dominic's younger sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster).

Brian later confesses to Mia his status as an undercover cop and convinces her to come with him to save her brother and his friends from the armed truck drivers. He tracks Dom's location by triangulating his cell phone signal and they arrive at the hijacking in-progress to find Letty, badly injured at the car accident, and Vince critically wounded, having been shot by the truck driver. Brian and Mia work together with Dom, Leon and Letty to rescue Vince. Brian then makes the difficult decision to blow his cover to the crew by phoning in for a medivac. The revelation enrages Dom, but he contains himself and flees with Leon, Letty and Mia as the medivac arrives for Vince.

Brian follows Dom to his house and holds him at gunpoint to prevent him from fleeing. Jesse arrives shortly afterwards, apologizing for his actions at Race Wars and pleading for Dom's help with Tran. Moments later, Tran and his cousin Lance (Reggie Lee) perform a drive-by shooting and kills Jesse. Brian and Dom chase them, with Dom driving his late father's modified 1970 Dodge Charger. Dom forces Lance's motorcycle off the road, severely injuring him, while Brian shoots and kills Tran. Afterwards, Brian and Dom engage in an impromptu street race, narrowly avoiding a passing train. Dom is then very badly injured when he collides with a semi-truck and rolls his car twice, rendering the Charger un-drivable. Instead of arresting him, Brian hands over the keys to the Supra and lets Dom escape, making good on his promise to deliver a "ten second car." Sometime later, Dom is seen driving through Baja California, Mexico in a 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS.

[edit] Turbo-Charged Prelude (6 minute film) (2003)Edit

To tie with the theatrical release of 2 Fast 2 Furious, a second print of the first movie was released on June 3, 2003, known as the "Tricked Out Edition". This release featured Turbo-Charged Prelude for 2 Fast 2 Furious, a short film that set the tone to the film's sequel.

In Turbo-Charged Prelude, Brian (Walker) leaves Los Angeles before the LAPD get a chance to arrest him. While the FBI launch a national manhunt on him, Brian travels across Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, winning in every street race he participates in with his red Mitsubishi 3000 GT. However, he is forced to ditch his car at a motel in Dallas when police are notified of his presence. He manages to hitch a ride from a woman (Minka Kelly), despite her knowing he is a wanted man. She drops him at a used car lot, where he buys a green Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 and modifies it before traveling eastbound and winning more street races on the way. Upon reaching Atlanta, Georgia, Brian heads south toward Miami, Florida, where he sees Slap Jack's Toyota Supra and Orange Julius' Mazda RX-7 pass by Tej and Suki before the screen reads "2 be continued...".

[edit] 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)Edit

Main article: 2 Fast 2 FuriousWatched by Customs Agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes), Brian is caught by the police and is given a deal by Agent Markham and Bilkins to go undercover and try to bring down drug lord Carter Verone in exchange for his criminal record to be erased. Brian agrees but only if he is given permission to choose his partner. Brian heads home to Barstow, California where he recruits Roman "Rome" Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), a former friend of Brian who had served jail time and is on house arrest, to help him. Pearce agrees but only for the same deal Brian was offered, and with the help of Monica, Brian and Rome work together to take down Verone. After being hired by Verone as his drivers, the duo is going to a Customs/FBI hideout, where Roman confronts Markham over the latter's interference with the mission. After the situation is cooled down, Brian tells Bilkins and Markham that Verone plans to smuggle the money into his private jet and fly off, but also suspects something wrong with Monica's role in the mission.

On the day of the mission, Brian and Rome begin transporting duffel bags of Verone's money with Enrique and Roberto riding along. Before the 15-minute window is set, Detective Whitworth decides to call in the police to move in for the arrest, resulting in a high-speed chase across the city. The duo lead the police to a warehouse, where a scramble by dozens of street racers disorient the police. Following the scramble, police manage to pull over the Evo and the Eclipse, only to find out that they were driven by Tej and Suki, respectively.

As Brian approaches the destination point, Enrique tells him to make a detour away from the airfield. Meanwhile, Rome gets rid of Roberto by using an improvised ejector seat powered by nitrous oxide. At the airfield, Customs agents have Verone's plane and convoy surrounded, only to discover they are duped into a decoy maneuver while Verone is at a boat yard several miles away. As he knew Monica was an undercover agent, he gave her the wrong information on the destination point. When Brian arrives at the intended drop-off point, Enrique prepares to kill him when Roman suddenly appears, with both of them dispatching Enrique. Verone makes his escape aboard his private yacht, but Brian and Rome use the Camaro and drive off a ramp at high-speed, crashing on top of the yacht. The duo manage to apprehend Verone and save Monica. With their crimes pardoned, Brian and Rome ponder on what to do next other than to settle in Miami when Brian mentions starting a garage. Rome asks how they would afford that and Brian reveals that he took some of the money as Rome also reveals that his pockets aren't empty, having taken money for himself.

[edit] Los Bandoleros (20 minute film) (2009)Edit

Included as a bonus in Fast & Furious Blu-ray and Special Edition DVD releases, this short film provides back-story for the characters and events leading up to the oil truck heist at the start of the film. The short was filmed in the Dominican Republic and directed by Vin Diesel, featuring cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tego Calderon, John Ortiz, Don Omar, Sung Kang and Vin Diesel.

[edit] Fast & Furious (2009)Edit

Main article: Fast & FuriousDominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his new crew; Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Tego (Tego Calderón), Rico (Don Omar), Cara (Mirtha Michelle), and Han (Sung Kang), are hijacking fuel tankers in the Dominican Republic. Dominic begins to suspect the trail is too hot and leaves Letty behind in order to protect her from harm. Several weeks later, in Panama City, Dominic gets a call from his sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster), who tells him that Letty has been murdered by Fenix (Laz Alonzo) after getting into a near fatal car accident. Dominic heads back to Los Angeles to examine Letty's crash and finds traces of nitromethane. He then goes to the only car mechanic that uses nitromethane and coerces him into giving him the name David Park, the man who ordered the fuel.

Meanwhile, F.B.I. agent Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) is trying to track down a drug dealer named Arturo Braga. His search leads him to David Park. Dominic arrives at Park's apartment first and hangs him out of the window by his ankles before letting go. Brian, who was also on his way to Park's place, saves Park and Park becomes the FBI's new informant. Park gets Brian into a street race through Los Angeles; the winner will become the last driver on a team that traffics heroin between the United States-Mexico border. Brian selects a modified Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 from the Impound Lot. Dominic also shows up to race in his modified 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle. Dominic wins by bumping Brian's car, making him lose control. Brian uses his power as an FBI agent to arrest another driver, Dwight Mueller, and takes his place on the team.

The following day, the team meets one of the Braga's men. They drive across the border using underground tunnels to avoid detection. Brian had prior knowledge that after the heroin was delivered, Braga ordered the drivers to be killed. However it was revealed to Dominic from Fenix that he killed Letty and after a tense stand-off, Dom detonates his car with nitrous to distract Braga's men and Brian hijacks a Hummer with US$60 million worth of heroin. Both Dom and Brian drive back to Los Angeles and hide the heroin in a police impound lot where Brian picks up a modified Subaru Impreza WRX STI. Later on, Dominic finds out Brian was the last person to contact Letty which resulted in him being attacked by Dominic until he learnt Brian put Letty undercover for tracking down Braga so she could clear Dominic's name. Brian tells his superiors that in exchange for Dominic's pardon, he will lure Braga into a trap, forcing him to personally show up to exchange money for the heroin. At the drop site, however, the man who claims to be Braga is a decoy and Campos, the real Braga, escapes and flees to Mexico.

Brian and Dominic travel to Mexico on their own to catch Braga. They find him at a church and apprehend him. As Braga's henchmen come down to rescue their leader, Brian and Dominic drive through the underground tunnels back to the United States. When some of Braga's men are killed, Brian crashes his car and is injured after being T-boned by Fenix at the end of the tunnel. Before Fenix can kill Brian, Dominic, who survived the explosion and exchanged his 1970 Dodge Charger with a 1973 Chevrolet Camaro, drives into and kills Fenix. As police and helicopters start streaming to the crash site on the U.S. side, Brian tells Dominic to leave, but Dominic refuses, saying he's tired of running. Despite Brian's request for clemency, the judge sentences Dominic to 25 years to life. Dominic boards a prison bus that will take him to Lompoc penitentiary and as the bus drives down the road, Brian and Mia, along with Tego and Rico (who assisted in the Dominican Republic heists), arrive in their cars to intercept it.

[edit] Fast Five (2011)Edit

Main article: Fast FiveFollowing the events of Fast & Furious; when Dominic "Dom" Toretto (Vin Diesel) is being transported to a US prison, his sister Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster) and Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker) lead an assault on the bus, causing it to crash; freeing Dom. While authorities search for them, the trio escape to Rio de Janeiro. Awaiting Dom's arrival, Mia and Brian join their friend Vince (Matt Schulze) and other participants on a job to steal three cars from a train. The job goes awry when Brian and Mia discover the train is carrying DEA agents and that the cars are seized property. When Dom arrives with the rest of the participants, he realizes that one of them, Zizi (Michael Irby), is only interested in stealing one car; the Ford GT40. Dom has Mia steal the car herself while Dom and Brian fight Zizi and his henchmen, with Zizi killing the DEA agents assigned to the vehicles. Dom and Brian are captured and brought to crime lord – and owner of the cars – Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida), Zizi's boss where he orders the pair be interrogated to discover the location of the car. However they manage to escape and retreat to their safehouse.

While Brian, Dom and Mia examine the car to discover its importance, Vince arrives and is revealed to be working for Reyes when he removes a computer chip from the car. Dom forces Vince to leave and after investigating the chip, Brian discovers it contains details of Reyes' criminal empire including the locations of $100 million in cash, and plan on stealing Reyes’ money to start a new life.The trio organize a team to perform the heist, recruiting Han Seoul-Oh (Sung Kang), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Ludacris), Gisele Harabo (Gal Gadot), Tego Leo (Tego Calderón), Rico Santos (Don Omar) and Vince (Schulze). Yet, following the train heist, Dom and his team are blamed for the murder of the DEA agents, U.S. DSS agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his team arrive in Rio to capture the outlaws.

Hobbs and his team eventually find and arrest Dom, Mia, Brian and Vince. While transporting them to an airport for extradition to the United States, the convoy is attacked by Reyes' men, killing Hobbs' team and Vince. Hobbs is saved by Dom, Brian and Mia as they fight back against Reyes' men and escape. Wanting revenge for his murdered team, Hobbs and Elena agree to help with the heist. The gang breaks into the police station where Reyes' money is kept and tear the vault from the building using their cars, dragging it through the city with police in pursuit. Believing they cannot outrun the police, Dom makes Brian continue on without him while he attacks the police and the pursuing Reyes; using the vault attached to his car to smash their vehicles. Brian returns to kill Zizi, while Reyes is badly injured by Dom's assault. Hobbs arrives on the scene and executes Reyes. Hobbs refuses to let the pair go free, but unwilling to arrest him, agrees to give them a 24-hour head start to escape. The gang split Reyes' money, with Dom leaving Vince's share to his family, and they go their separate ways.

In a post-credits scene, Hobbs is given a special file by U.S. Customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) concerning the hijack of a military convoy in Berlin. In the file, Hobbs discovers a recent photo of Leticia Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Dom's presumed-deceased girlfriend, revealing she survived the events of Fast & Furious.

[edit] The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)Edit

Main article: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo DriftAfter totaling his car in an illegal street race, Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) is sent to live with his father, who is stationed as a U.S. Naval officer, in Tokyo, Japan, to avoid juvy or even jail. While in school, he befriends Twinkie (Bow Wow), a "military brat." Twinkie introduces him to the world of racing in Japan. Though forbidden to drive, he decides to race against D.K., the "Drift King", who has ties to the Yakuza, and loses, totaling the car because of his lack of knowledge of drifting, racing that involves dangerous hairpin turns. To repay his debt for the car he destroyed, Sean must work for Han (Sung Kang), DK’s business partner. Later on, Han and Sean become friends and teaches the young racer how to drift. DK's uncle Kamata (Sonny Chiba), a Yakuza, admonishes DK for allowing Han to steal from him. DK confronts Han, Sean and Neela where upon they flee. During the chase, Han is killed and DK, Sean, and his father become involved in an armed standoff which is resolved by Neela agreeing to leave with DK. Twinkie provides his saved money to Sean to make up for Han's stolen money which Sean returns to Kamata. Sean proposes a race against DK to determine who must leave Tokyo. Sean and Han's friends then build a car from various spare parts and Sean then wins the race. Later, Sean, now the Drift King, is challenged to a race by an unnamed driver; this driver turns out to be Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). (Note: These events happen after the movie Fast Five.)

[edit] Fast & Furious 6 (2013)Edit

In a post-credits scene of Fast Five, Hobbs is given a special file by U.S. Customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) concerning the hijack of a military convoy in Berlin. In the file, Hobbs discovers a recent photo of Leticia "Letty" Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Dom's presumed-deceased girlfriend, revealing she survived the events of Fast & Furious, leading to the thought of a possible sequel. Vin Diesel and series producer Neal H. Moritz are already developing the sixth film Fast & Furious 6,[1][2] which will be written by Chris Morgan.[3]

Director Justin Lin stated in an interview that he intends to get Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and Tyrese Gibson back as well as others.[4]

On June 24, 2011, Vin Diesel revealed on his Facebook account that the release date for Fast & Furious 6 is Memorial Day (May 24) 2013.[5]

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