The Genomic Traits of the Fast & Furious Franchise

Kristy Strouse
June 1, 2023

This month Fast X debuted in theaters and so far it has brought in over $520M globally. The Fast & Furious franchise has now surpassed the $7 billion in global box office, making it one of the most lucrative film franchises in history.

Looking at the franchise genomically, what lent to the increased success of each proceeding installment?

  • It started with an early shift from A Culture-Focused Story of underground street racing to A Tale of Tested Morality, A Crime Feature and A Tale of Spies and Espionage.

  • A continual increase in Sophisticated Stunts and Elaborate Special FX, with larger, more extravagant, Cinematically Lush action sequences.
  • An Active and Energetic Mood, extended uses of The Great Chase and The Squad on a Mission with several Courageous Leads culminating in a thrilling and engaging experience.
  • A diverse set of leads that has continued to expand with each addition, that include A Female Driven Story, A Black Character Driven Story, and A Family-Dedicated Lead and A Story of Family Life with a defining instance of A Villain’s Tale.

By embracing the traits that made their films more appealing to audiences, and folding broader and more relatable themes into thrilling action, they cracked the recipe for making high-octane films.

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