Welcome to the newest episode of Rage Cage! Presented by the Illuminerdi, Rage Cage takes two committed geeks and throws them into an intellectual duel over the questions that drive the internet to debate.
This week, to honor the (original) release date for Fast and the Furious 9, the Illuminerdi’s own Fast and the Furious expert Jezzer Reyes will go head to head with Brandon Zachary to determine which movie in the massive action franchise is actually the worst entry in the series.
RAGE CAGE: WHICH FAST & THE FURIOUS FILM IS THE WORST?
The Fast & the Furious series has always run into critical controversy, with some critical circles considering the bombastic and bonkers series to be the definition of excess in current Hollywood. The first film in the series, released in 2001, centered around undercover officer Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) tasked with infiltrating a group of drag car racers and hijackers led by the taciturn Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel. The two develop a genuine bond however and end up working against other racers and criminals.
After two films and a Tokyo-set spin-off, Fast & Furious revitalized the series as a more action-heavy franchise. The films became increasingly ridiculous and openly over-the-top, especially with the introduction of characters like the charming and committed DSS Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and the smooth former British Special Forces assassin Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). The films also became increasingly popular during this time, with multiple entries in the series earning over a billion dollars at the global box office.
The ninth entry of the series was set to be released this past weekend, but the real-world circumstances of the CoVid-19 Virus has forced the global economy to largely shut down. This includes the movie theater industry, which has cratered as a result of lock-down orders around the world. This led to F9 being delayed almost a full year – to April 2nd, 2021.
It’s not surprising that some fans returned to the series in this time. But looking back across the eight main series entries (and the spin-off Hobbes and Shaw), which ones are actually the worst? Is it 2 Fast 2 Furious, the forgettable sequel to the original that failed to leave any real impact on the franchise or audiences? Or is actually Fate of the Furious, the most recent main-series entry that perhaps took the scope of the series too over the top.
Which do you think is right? Keep an eye out for the upcoming video, and make sure to share your thoughts on social media. Keep your eyes open for other upcoming Illuminerdi projects and remember – we’re always watching.