The most ridiculous problems in the Fast and Furious movies can be traced to the franchise’s insatiable thirst to perpetually one-up itself in every way imaginable. The globalization and commercialization of Hollywood’s major studios has fostered an environment that allows for massive financial resources to be dumped into making sure a sequel makes more money than its predecessor. And hey, who can really blame that logic? Who doesn’t want to make more money this year than you did last year? Unfortunately, no one bothers applying such logic to the actual films, hence this list of Fast and Furious logic fails.
“Trilogy” has a nice ring to it. For filmmakers, it’s the seemingly perfect entity to fully develop and execute a rich, thought-provoking dramatic arc or construct a complex mythology. But when a string of loosely connected movies goes far beyond that structure, you’re left with what could be nicely called a hot mess, such as the dumb decisions and library of things that make no sense in the Fast and Furious series.
Creative liberties aside, the list below contains some of the most fascinating Fast and Furious plot holes, character inconsistencies, illogical decisions, and just straight up ridiculous things throughout the franchise.
Brian O'Conner: Zero to Hero in Six MinutesPhoto: The Fast and the Furious / Universal Pictures
Ever wonder how Brian went from a rookie with a heavy foot to a world-class street racer with skills Ayrton Senna would envy? Wonder no more. Turbo Charged Prelude to 2 Fast 2 Furious is a six-minute short film (with no dialogue) that tells the tale of how Brian made his way as a fugitive from Los Angeles to Miami, perfecting his driving skills on the way. Or does it?
The short amounts to little more than Brian flashing his million-dollar smile and fifty-cent haircut as he splits his time between racing and hitchhiking east. Minka Kelly even gives him a ride at one point… although they don’t talk much. Brian keeps playing the underdog in races and collects stacks of cash, and upgrades rides so successfully he finally rolls up to Miami Beach in a Nissan Skyline. But how did all that accelerating in straight lines get him the skills to leapfrog his car over another car over an opening bridge?
Hobbs Answers to No OnePhoto: Fast & Furious 6 / Universal Pictures
Hobbs (THE ROCK) took the franchise a new level of ridiculous action sequences and sizzling one-liners. Hobbs is the DSS Elite Task Force’s team leader, and shows up in Brazil in Fast Five intent on apprehending Dom and Brian. After he loses all of his men in an ambush, Hobbs uncovers a shared understanding of moral fiber with Dom, and focuses his brand of justice on those responsible for killing his team.
What does this entail? Well, he helps jumpstart Dom and Brian’s $100 million heist, murders a guy point blank, and lets Dom walk free. Or at least gives him a pretty liberal head start. Hobbs commits the same crime Brian did in the original film, then went even further into the moral gray zone. However, Hobbs answers to no one. His intentional blind eye to Dom's escape from Rio is never questioned, nor is his blatant cowboyification of subduing terrorists in Spain in Fast 6 and downtown Los Angeles in Furious 7 by any means necessary. Does he just not have a boss? Like, seriously, what the hell is going on?
When will Hobbs’s reign of unchecked mayhem be brought to an end?
150mph Makes Your Floorboards Fall Off (Except It Doesn't, Actually)Photo: The Fast and the Furious / Universal Pictures
It’s easy to forget just how green Brian O'Conner was the first time he raced the Dominic Toretto in The Fast and The Furious. Sure, Brian had some racing chops, but he knew he’d need more than that to be competitive. Against sage advice, Brian insisted he be given two giant NOS tanks for his first big race. Well, he got what he wanted, but at what cost? Brian’s unflinching ambition to win sparked a catastrophic chain of events once he reached 150mph. Innumerable machine screws and flat washers spewed from his car’s passenger-side floor, causing a ruckus that ended with gravity getting the best of the floorboard.
Apparently installing those NOS tanks inextricably wove the vehicle’s powertrain and passenger-side flooring together.
There's a New Real Estate Developer in TownPhoto: The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift / Universal Pictures
If you lived in Shangri-La Estates, you’d be home by now. Actually you wouldn’t, because you can’t even tour a model home in Shangri-La Estates until the entire development is finished. Apparently, the investors aren't interested in filling homes with hardworking middle-class families. In Tokyo Drift, our man Sean Boswell races against the formidable Clay for the ultimate prize.
Thankfully, Shangri-La Estates is close by the high school, and conveniently abandoned in the middle of a perfect-weather weekday. All it takes is a pair of bolt cutters for half the high school to cruise down an empty street adorned with dozens of houses in the exact same stage of construction.