Friday, October 15, 2021

Wait, who’s fast, who’s furious?

Once upon a time, a rather long time ago now, the “Fast and Furious” movies were all about street racing. They still include cars moving at breakneck speeds, but only as one component in a blockbuster machine that regularly includes high-stakes espionage, military-grade shootouts, multimillion-dollar bank robberies and villainous schemes for global destruction. Are included. They are more akin to the recent James Bond or “Mission: Impossible” than “Gone in 60 Seconds”.

As movies have gotten bigger and more spectacular, their ensembles have grown and expanded, and with the latest installment, “F9”, the list of marquee names has changed from “Game of Thrones” to “Waiting for Godot”. “Like it makes. This is further complicated by the franchise’s tendency to shuffle characters in and out of the circle without warning or explanation – the actors are often written off and then written back, or killed, then suddenly. is revived. Keeping track of who’s who and what their deal is can be very, very difficult.

With “F9” nitrous-boosting in theaters this weekend, here’s a handy cast explainer to get you up to speed.

The heart of the series, Dom is a world-weary, corona-drinking street racer and car hijacker with an obsessive devotion to his family and a sinister affinity for the law. He first appeared with a heart of gold in “The Fast and the Furious” (2001, the film that started it all) as a small-time Los Angeles scoundrel, and gradually became a freelance secret agent and Globe. Evolved to become – the supercop moving around. In “The Fate of the Furious” (2017), it was revealed that they had a young son.

The original series protagonist, Brian, was a cop going undercover as a street racer to bust Dom and his gang of kidnappers. When it came time to make the arrest, Brian chose to let Dom go away, and the two have been like brothers ever since. Paul Walker died in an automobile accident in 2013, but instead of killing him, the films wrote Bryan into peaceful retirement. He was last seen in the closing moments of “Furious 7” (2015). really ride into the sunset.

Dom’s wife and partner in crime, Letty, was killed at the beginning of the fourth film, “Fast and Furious” (2009), after she ran away from a master criminal. In “Fast & Furious 6” (2013), however, she survived the assassination attempt – albeit with a severe case of mind-wiping amnesia, which caused her to temporarily team up with the bad guys. . She noticed the error of her ways at the end of that film, and she has since been back with Dom & Co.

One of Brian’s childhood friends, Roman was introduced as a silver-tongued Lothario in “2 Fast 2 Furious” (2003, the first sequel), the sensation behind the wheel. Since being called in for help with a bank robbery in “Fast Five” (2011), he has been a mainstay of Dom’s crew, usually serving as a comic relief.

Like Roman, Tej first appeared in “2 Fast 2 Furious” and has been a series regular since “Fast Five”. He is the crew’s talented computer hacker, handling the comms, technology, and surveillance, although he is ready to drive or fight when necessary. Tej and Roman have a friendly rivalry and they tease each other constantly.

Dwayne Johnson made his debut in “Fast Five” as Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs attempting to thwart the burglary plans of antagonist Dom and his crew. Eventually, Dom and friends have him by their side, and since “Fast & Furious 6” he’s been their constant companion and friend. He most recently appeared in the series spinoff “Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw” (2019).

Han, a Korean street racer living in Japan, co-starred in the third film of the series, “The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift” (2006), and was killed in a car accident during the finale. He appeared alive and well in the next three sequels, however, because they apparently took place. before this Chronologically the third film. To add to the confusion, his sudden death was rewritten as a murder in “Furious 7”, using a mix of archival and new footage. And now he is back, alive again, in “F9”, for reasons that are as yet unclear.

A female fatale in “Fast and Furious”, Gisele was inducted into the crew in “Fast Five” after she began a romantic relationship with Han. She dies in “Fast & Furious 6” while sacrificing herself to save Han during the action-packed climax. He hasn’t been brought back to life – yet.

A world-renowned super-hacker saved from kidnapping by Dom and his crew in the middle of “Furious 7”, Ramsey has since become a series regular helping the team with computer-related problems. Tej and Roman are constantly competing to get her love.

The protagonist of “Tokyo Drift”, Sean is a nerd-do-well young street racer who hopes to escape a stint in juvenile custody by shipping to live with his father in Japan. Apart from a brief cameo in “Furious 7”, he did not appear in the movie “Fast”, but surprisingly enough, he is back for “F9”.

A top-secret government agent with unlimited resources, Mr. Nobody hires Dom and his crew to help save the world in “Furious 7” and then “Fate of the Furious”. Think of him as the James Bond of M to Dome.

Another villain turned hero, Shaw tries to wipe out Dom’s crew in “Furious 7” before teaming up with him in “The Fate of the Furious”. He last co-starred in the series’ spinoff “Hobbs & Shaw” and only has a small cameo in “F9”.

Deckard’s Cockney-accented mother, Magdalene, comes to hand Dom in “The Fate of the Furious”. He was last seen in ‘Hobbs & Shaw’, serving time in prison.

Meanwhile, Deckard’s brother, Owen, was the villain terrorizing the crew in “Fast & Furious 6”, hounding them across London before throwing them out of an airplane mid-takeoff. He survived that fall and came to the aid of Deckard (and Dom) in “The Fate of the Furious”.

Cipher is reputedly the most talented and terrifying hacker in the world, with even the infamous anonymous group afraid to mess with him. She tries to bring about nuclear war in “The Fate of the Furious”, taking Dom’s baby son hostage and killing the child’s mother in the process. She returns – apparently again as a villain – in “F9”.

A newcomer to the saga. Jacob is Dom’s never-before-seen brother, and is certainly the primary antagonist of “F9”.

Dom’s love interest When Lottie was presumed dead, Elena was a police officer in Rio who was tapped by Hobbs to assist in “Fast Five”. He had Dom’s child, unbeknownst to him, and was killed by the cipher shortly after revealing the news to him in “The Fate of the Furious”.

Perennial comic sidekicks Tego and Riko have tagged in many of Dom’s jobs, and usually turn up once or twice per film for some benefit.

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