While the Fast & Furious movies are about cars, they’re also about family. What started out as a movie about street racing and stealing DVD players quickly became a franchise that had a lot of emotional depth as well as some insane storylines.
That said, while the plot of the movies have gotten crazy, so has the stunt work that’s gone into making those movies. Since the franchise still revolves around cars, most of those wild stunts involve cars. Here’s a look at that time the Fast & Furious franchise made replicas of a $5 million car and wrecked all of them.
‘Fast Five’ and the turning point of the franchise
Before Fast Five premiered, the franchise, while successful, wasn’t as big of a franchise as it is today. That all changed with Fast Five, which did a lot of things to change things up.
First, it introduced Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson’s character, Luke Hobbs, into the franchise. Secondly, it set the tone of craziness that the next movies would all have.
There’s a lot of insane action scenes in Fast Five, and there’s a lot of the emotional oomph that the franchise is known for, too. For example, in the movie before Fast Five, Michelle Rodriguez’s character, Letty Ortiz, dies.
Then, in the middle of the credits of Fast Five, there’s a teaser that shows that Letty is in fact, alive. This is not only a massive twist, but it’s also the type of insane storytelling that the movies will be doing from then on.
The other insane stuff in ‘Fast Five’
In one of the last action scenes in the movie, the crew is trying to drive away with a massive steel vault that they stole from a Brazilian police station. They drag the vault around by towing it with their Dodge Chargers. While this is kind of crazy, they go up a gear and start using the vault as a weapon to smash their pursuers.
Those Chargers were some cool muscle cars, but they weren’t the coolest cars in the movie. That award would have to go to one of the first scenes in the movie.
The crew is trying to steal some valuable cars from a train, and one of those cars is a 1966 Chevy Corvette Grand Sport Sting Ray. While this classic Corvette may seem like a worthy car to get stolen, in actuality, the villain just wanted a Ford GT40. So, in the end, that Corvette got destroyed.