The Weekend Rent: Make It Fast and Furious

The Weekend Rent: Make It Fast and Furious

Apr 29, 2011

Vin Diesel and Paul Walker are back in theaters this weekend in Fast Five, so start revving your engines and release the NOS. This is the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious series, which has redefined "auto"-erotic cinema with its fast cars, muscle-bound bromances, hip-hop grooves and scores of background hoochies. In Fast Five, the boys head to Rio de Janeiro to pull off their biggest job yet to earn their freedom.

Before you race to theaters, have a Fast flashback weekend by revisiting the first four films. All are available on DVD and Blu-ray, and the first two films can be streamed from Netflix to your computer or capable device.

The Fast and the Furious: It all started with this 2001 flick that introduced the world to street racer/mechanic/ex-convict Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and his crew, including girlfriend Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and his sister, Mia (Jordana Brewster). Dom orchestrates a series of high-speed semi hijackings, stealing over $6 million in merchandise. Meanwhile LAPD officer Brian O'Conner (Walker) goes undercover to apprehend the gang, but his man crush on Dom eventually leads to Brian letting him escape.

2 Fast 2 Furious: After letting Dom race off into the night, Brian goes on the lam to Miami to begin a new life and bromance with Roman "Rome" Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), a childhood friend who served jail time and is currently on house arrest—complete with a Lindsay Lohan-style ankle monitor. The two go undercover as street racers and do money laundering for a drug lord (Cole Hauser) in an attempt to bring him to justice and have their records wiped clean. They are assisted by Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes), an undercover U.S. Customs agent who catches Brian's eye and is there to remind us that we are watching heterosexual cinema. Fun drinking game: Throw one back every time Walker says "bro."

The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift: Although this 2006 film is the third film in the series, it is actually the last film chronologically and takes place after the events in Fast Five. Sean Boswell (Lucas Black) has had one too many brushes with the law and, after getting busted street racing, is sent by his mother to Tokyo to live with his father. There he meets fellow American Twinkie (Bow Wow), who introduces him to the drift-racing scene. After Sean earns the title of Drift King, look for a cameo by Diesel at the end as the driver who will challenge him.

Fast & Furious: After the franchise drifted a bit in the previous installment, the original main players (Diesel, Walker, Rodriguez and Brewster) brought the series back on track to box-office gold in this 2009 sequel that takes place after the events in 2 Fast 2 Furious. Dom is a fugitive in the Dominican Republic but is fueled by revenge to return to Los Angeles after a devastating loss. He is reunited with Brian, now an FBI agent, whom Dom helps go after a Mexican drug dealer because one of his goons supposedly murdered Letty. The film is, to date, the highest-grossing entry in the series, pulling in over $353 million worldwide.

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