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Recap: A 'Fast & Furious' Flicks Breakdown
Fast & Furious 6 speeds into theaters this holiday weekend with Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster and Dwayne Johnson, and we've got your "fast and furious" "CliffsNotes" for all five films leading up to it!
'The Fast and the Furious' (2001)
Paul Walker plays Brian O'Conner, an undercover cop out to bust a local hijacking ring running among L.A.'s underworld subculture of street racers. After proving his mettle in a race and earning the trust of prime suspect Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian begins to question his own loyalties as he falls for Dom's sister Mia (Jordana Brewster). Directed by Rob Cohen, the action-packed film also stars Michelle Rodriguez as Letty, part of Dom's team.
'2 Fast 2 Furious' (2003)
The first action-packed sequel in the franchise follows Brian (Walker) to the streets of Miami. Having lost his badge for helping Dom (Diesel) get away in the first film, he teams up with ex-con Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and undercover customs agent Monica Fuentes (Eva Mendes) to take down shady import-export dealer Carter Verone (Cole Hauser). Directed by John Singleton, the film also stars Ludacris and Devon Aoki.
'The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift' (2006)
On the other side of the world there's a new style of racing, and everyone wants in. Lucas Black plays Sean Boswell, an American teen sent to live with his military dad in Tokyo to avoid prison time after a street racing crash. Of course, Sean is drawn to the drifting style of racing perfected by the Japanese, and he's soon sucked into a dangerous face-off with the Yakuza. In the final moment of the film, Sean finds himself about to burn rubber against Dom (Diesel) in a surprise appearance. Directed by Justin Lin, the film also stars Bow Wow.
'Fast & Furious' (2009)
The adrenalin-fueled fourth film reunites original franchise stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez. After Letty (Rodriguez) is murdered, Dom (Diesel) returns to Los Angeles and forms an uneasy truce with Brian (Walker), now working for the FBI, to bring down a dangerous heroin importer by infiltrating the operation. Directed by Justin Lin.
'Fast Five' (2011)
The fifth in the franchise has Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) finding adventure on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. After breaking Dom out of custody, Brian and Mia (Brewster) are forced to pull one last job in order to gain their freedom. As they assemble their elite team of top racers (including Sung Kang, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris), they're caught between a ruthless drug lord and a relentless federal agent (Dwayne Johnson) determined to take them to justice. Directed by Justin Lin.