“Dom Toretto and his family are targeted by the vengeful son of drug kingpin Hernan Reyes.”

Director: Louis Leterrier
Writers: Justin Lin, Dan Mazeau, Gary Scott Thompson
Staring: Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Jason Momoa, John Cena, Jason Statham, Rita Moreno, Helen Meren, Brie Larson, Charlize Theron, Alan Ritchson, Michael Rooker, Cardi B, Luis Da Silva Jr., Scott Eastwood, Daniela Melchoir, Sung Kang
Release Date: May 19, 2023

Here they are. They are all back. All of Hollywood is back for Fast X (2023), the latest and greatest addition into the Fast & Furious universe.

Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and HIS FAMILY are being hunted by Dante (Jason Mamoa), who is the son of deceased Brazilian kingpin Hernan Reyes, who was played by Joaquim de Almeida in Fast Five (2011). This movie franchise really is bringing out all the soap opera stops; in F9: The Fast Saga (2021) it was the revelation that Dominic Toretto had a long lost brother in Jakob (John Cena). Now in Fast X, it is the villains turn to have an extended family tree with Dante being the son of one of the gang’s most ruthless enemies.

I have made it known that while i have seen all of the movies in this super powered franchise, I am not necessarily a big fan of them.

F9: The Fast Sage was legitimately one of the worst movies of 2021 and I would have bet money that it would have derailed the franchise.

Now I am here on Friday, April 21st, stating with both hope and a bit a sorrow, that I may be willing to dip my toe back in the Fast And The Furious water.

My first gut reaction when I saw this second official Fast X trailer was “Shit. This kinda looks like fun again.”

Perhaps it is the idea if it is from a new director bringing in a new breath of fresh air? Louis Leterrier is a French film director who has some experience with action movies (Transporter 2 (2005) & Clash Of The Titans (2010)), but recently he got credit for his work on Lupin. Now he is trying his hand at one of the most profitable film franchises of all time.

This trailer for Fast X makes the phenomenal decision to NOT focus on Dominic Toretto. Sure Diesel’s bald head is still shining in certain moments, but Fast X is all about Dante and Jason Mamoa having a fucking incredible time. His character looks like a rollicking ball of sassy, loud, brazenness. The exact OPPOSITE of what Jakob was in F9. He tried to be a serious macho guy, which was a crazy character choice for casting John Cena in the bad guy role. Now in Fast X, they appear to have learned from their lesson. Let’s just have some fun with it.

Now I say the following statement knowing that I am going to get crucified by the loyal fans of Fast And The Furious. Dominic Toretto is the worst character in this franchise, and Diesel’s obsession with being the leading voice has propelled this once fun franchise into nothing more than repetitive fodder.

For a least a brief moment, this trailer allows my brain to think that Dom will no longer need to be the main character of the story. I legitimately would rather have Dante, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), or Han (Sung Kang) get the main poster stamp. No offense to the cast that has been around the longest, but evolution is needed if this franchise wants to stay afloat.

While the focus of the characters may change, the absurdity of the stunts and action certainly does not. Did they royally fuck up the space sequence in F9, absolutely. But was the magnet chase sequence pretty cool? Yea, I’ll say it.

In Fast X, I would appear that Dante is going to have the ability to remote control a giant bomb that can pinball down the streets and break double-decker buses in half. This ultimate version of the marble tilting board game results in Dante seemingly blowing up the entirety of The Vatican. That is a move.

Catholicism is in trouble. Dante’s Inferno.

Just some other touch points. Classic Dante being reborn in the water as a truly evil son of a bitch. Classic baptism into a new being.


Also round the 50 second mark of the trailer we see Dominic in what appears to be a room full of security cameras and live feeds. Dante has eyes on his whole crew…and his family. RUT-ROH. Cut the some bad guys breaking into his home! They are going after Brian!

Is this a poster from Young Adult?

What is interesting is that it looks like Dom and Cipher (Charlize Theron) are having a chat on some very living room-esq couches. How did she get there? What does she know? The last time we saw these two, Cipher was shooting missiles at Dom from a remote controlled fighter jet. Appears like times have changed.

Of course. Need the classic short shorts getting off the bike or out of the car shot. Need it. Wouldn’t be a Fast And The Furious movie without it.

Wouldn’t be a F&F movie without it.

Oh, and we are going to get back to some drag racing, are we? Dom and Dante going at it. Quarter mile at a time. Bullets may start to flying before the race even starts!

Deckard Shaw is BACK! This makes me happy. Also, “Let’s dig some graves” is such a fucking great line. Statham is classic staple action hero. We get to see him and Han kicking ass to a EDM beat with bullets acting as a metronome.

Shaw is going to ruffle feathers and I love it. Good. Give me some quality bald charisma.

Michelle Rodriguez and Theron fighting each other in a frosty setting? Yea, I am all about that. Give me some badass women beating the shit out of each other.

So we have hand-to-hand fights. We have macho testosterone dueling each other. There is Roman (Tyrese Gibson) being an idiot and Brie Larson being pretty and reminding us that she exists. What else do we need? A

Ah, yes. Outrageous, physics defying car stunts. Welcome to the Hoover Dam? Is there going to be a flood following Dom while he escapes as well? Give a little bit of fire and ice vibes too to go along with the battle of good versus evil.

Fast X roars into theaters on May 19, 2023.

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