THE FAST & THE FURIOUS – JUSTIFYING THE FRANCHISE TITLES

 

The trend of film franchise is nothing alien to moviegoers. Numerous movies have come up with their sequels, inspite of the fact they were box-office hits or sheer flop flicks. But an admitted fact is film franchises are surely a tricky thing. While some are carefully planned and executed, others originate unexpectedly owing to the financial success the preceding film.

Film franchises follow the "retroactive continuity" method to justify the titles of the sequels that follow. Most of the time, the tradition of adding ascending numbers at the end of the film title along with an optional subtitle is followed. For example: The Hangover (2009); The Hangover Part 2 (2011) & The Hangover Part 3 (2013). But with the action packed, super car race themed movie franchise, The Fast and the Furious, the scenario is quite different. Guess the entire series is too fast and too furious to consider and follow the monotonous and probable naming pattern. Lets have a quick look into the ‘The Fast and the Furious’ series titles:

The Fast and the Furious (2001)
Guess most of you may (or may not) be aware of the fact that this 2001 action themed multi-million dollar movie actually picked its title from the 1955 Roger Corman movie by the same name. No matter the title being hijacked, but the title reference is not clear as to whom it is pointed to or is it just a line of dialogue. But in the movie, every character and the movie itself portrays speed and anger in equal degree. The impulsive behaviours or the physically fast actions in the movie justifies the title ‘The Fast & The Furious’

2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
This sequel suffered the loss of an vital actor Vin Diesel. Hence to reassure the fans that this movie would be even more faster and furious even sans-Diesel, they came up with the name ‘2 Fast 2 Furious’. Most sequel titles get only one ‘two’, but this one had the number repeating twice, describing the movie and providing a possible explanation for Vin Diesel’s absence. This was the only movie in the franchise which was directed by John Singleton which launched the super race cars used as weapons against the antagonists. The flimsy audacity portrayed in the second sequel opened doors for more sequel flicks to follow in. 

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006)
‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift‘ was directed by Justin Lin, who directed the subsequent films in the series. This was a total drift from the ongoing series as suggested in the title. With even  Paul Walker missing in this sequel, the movie had nothing to do in common with its predecessors  except for super-fast cars and actions. Inspite of Vin Diesel’s cameo, this weak entry in the series fared badly at the box-office but surely brought the ‘Better Luck Tomorrow’ famed Sung Kang into limelight. With the starting of title cloning , we’ll have to check for what the rest of the sequels will be titled as? 

Fast & Furious (2009)
‘Fast & Furious’ – this was indeed the one of the fastest title in the series with "the" & "and the" missing. Dispensing the extras surely worked wonders as the movie lured in the first film’s core cast group and we had Vin Diesel,  Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster and even Sung Kang back in action. All of them together in one flick! Guess most movie lovers missed the gang in action as this movie was a comeback for the series and even created a bang at the box office. Definitely the fastest and the most furious. 

Fast Five (2011)
With each franchise releasing, the titles are getting faster (infact shorter too). This title missed on the second ‘F’ that stands for ‘Furious’. ‘Fast Five’ – a title that was so fast that it made the movie become the 66th highest grossing movie of all time, worldwide. 
 
The title totally justified movie with the series shifting the gears from street racing to stylized heists and power-pact actions and fight sequences. The movie saw all the core cast from the previous flicks of the franchise come together along with the introduction of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as the CIA agent ready to nab the fugitive heroes in action. The action sequences added to the justification of the title. 

Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
Not sticking to the traditional naming pattern, ‘Fast & Furious 6′ is the latest installment to the series, releasing this weekend. It is not necessarily a slow title with "the"s missing but is definitely not one among the fastest of all. Except for the ‘The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift’, the titles of the franchise  have only portrayed speed and anger. But then why slowing down with Fast & Furious 6? The possible reason for it that this movie series can actually boast of avoiding the title name pattern and giving the audiences a unified theme – dynamic action sequences and super cars.

Hence, those who love the adrenaline rush offered by amazing racing cars and powerful action sequences must not miss this ‘Fast and occasionally Furious’ movie franchise. 

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