– by Joseph Jammer Medina

The Fast & Furious franchise is one that perhaps doesn’t give enough credit for how much it’s evolved since the first film. This was one that started off taking itself way too damn seriously. Sure, for those into the idea of street racing, it may have been pretty cool, but its appeal was ultimately a bit limited. It wasn’t until the fourth film in the franchise, Fast and Furious, that things finally got kicked up a notch.

Since that film, each successive movie has raised the bar a little bit more, with the action growing more ridiculous and over-the-top as time goes on. At this point, the gang has effectively become a superhero spy group that carries out missions, and let’s face it, they’d be able to do that into perpetuity if they really wanted. 

However, things changed a bit when the first trailer was revealed, showing Dominic Toretto turning on his family and going against them. In a new behind-the-scenes video for The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in the franchise, this aspect was highlighted.

F. Gary Gray, the film’s director, had the following to say:

“This is a completely different story than you’ve ever experienced in the Fast franchise. Dom is always about family, and with this storyline, he’s going up against the team, and he’s going up against the family.”

This new twist on what we’ve come to expect from these movies definitely seems like a gimmick to me. It seems way too obvious that Dominic wasn’t really working against his will, but the fact that they keep highlighting this fact almost seems to imply that he may actually be turning on the family for real.

Does this franchise actually have the guts to have a main character turn on the other leads for more than one film, potentially leading into a bigger, much more meaningful arc? While I wouldn’t bet money on it, I do respect the director, and wonder if he’d actually work to inject some real stakes into this series that’ll help give everything more weight.

What do you think of this? Will the Fate of the Furious actually take some real risks, or will it be more of the same? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCES: Fast & Furious (via YouTube)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.