The Fast and the Furious franchise is truly impressive. The first film capitalized on the street racing culture that gained prominence in the early 2000s and was then followed by a pair of less than stellar sequels, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Tokyo Drift; the latter was directed by Justin Lin. In 2009 something unexpected happened. A series of films that was merely about racing and honor amongst thieves had morphed into something else. Justin Lin once again took the helm for a film where the criminals were now facing off against a drug kingpin and the result was a rare sequel that was better than the original. Not to rest on their laurels they did it again with 2011’s Fast Five, again directed by Lin, where the scale was even bigger, the scope of the story expansive and the car chases were thrilling. Again a sequel that was better than the original and even better than the last one. Lin returns once last time and nearly does it again with Fast & Furious 6.
It’s the world’s oldest profession. It has been the subject, or at the very least a subplot, of numerous films from comedies to dramas. The Last Detail, Midnight Cowboy, Klute, Leaving Las Vegas, Pretty Woman and even Police Academy have looked at or involved a prostitute in some way. It’s an easy and lucrative business that, be it illegal or immoral, surprisingly serves its purpose.