It's easy to dismiss The Fast and Furious films as big, dumb blockbusters. They're not about hot button issues, they don't feature sniffly monologues about the human condition, and not a single one of them has appeared in the Criterion Collection. Yet the Fast saga has something that many films - and even the critical jewels of cinema - lack: cars fighting submarines, cars fighting tanks, and cars fighting the laws of physics. It's not high art, but it's quite a lot of fun.
In short, the Fast & Furious movies are indeed big, crowd-pleasing blockbusters, but they are not inherently stupid. Every person involved with these films - from the cinematographers, to the directors, actors, and most importantly the stunt performers - knows exactly what they're making. Fast movies are designed to entertain and excite, and that's why audiences keep showing up for more.
However, this is not to say the Fast saga is flawless. Within its universe, several characters have made questionable decisions that defy logic. Some of these decisions had far-reaching consequences for the series, while others remain mysteries to this day.