Fast and Furious is part of a car worship series that has somehow made over $950,000,000 at the box office.
The Fast and the Furious
Paul Walker is a cop who is attempting to take down a group of people who hijack in transit truck cargo. He infiltrates a group of street racers by losing races and running from cops, and befriends gritty badass Vin Deisel
Since he has a deathwish, he also begins a relationship with Vin's sister Jordanna Brewster.
An incredibly easy to justify deathwish
Long story short, there are races, Japanese gangs and revealing cop secrets. Then in a Point Break-esque twist, Walker lets Diesel go. It did not warrant a sequel.
2 Fast 2 Furious: Aka one without Diesel
Paul Walker is now on the run in Miami, he has since become gangsta because he calls everyone "Bra" repeatedly. He is captured during a street race by cops and sent to take down an Argentinian drug lord, once again with street racing. He can't get help from Vin Diesel, so his gritty badass help this time is Tyrese, it's not quite the same.
Walker meanwhile begins a relationship with Eva Mendes, the drug lord's undercover cop girlfriend, proving he has a much better agent than he deserves. Eventually they take down the drug lord by jumping a car over an ocean presumably filled with sharks and into a boat. Really didn't need a sequel.
Fast and the Furious 3: Tokyo Drift: The one where they couldn't even get Paul Walker
3 Fast 3 Furious takes place in Japan, it has only a passing relationship to the previous movies. Yakuza are involved. The series began to seem a lot like Bring it On. In no way whatsoever required a sequel.
Then, when the franchise seemed destined for straight to DVD Walmart bin status, they made one more.
By this point in the series career, the premise and the original actors had lost all relevance. Vin Diesel had lost his badass image after appearing in The Pacifier, Paul Walker was a starring in Direct to DVD crime dramas, and Jordanna Brewster, while still incredibly hot, had turned off a generation of males after appearing in the perplexingly awful DEBS
HOW DO YOU MESS THIS UP!?
So, with really nothing to lose, they made a critically panned movie that was destined to be a punchline for many a late night comic.
It made nearly 71 million it's opening weekend.
The plot was nothing new. Vin Diesel's handsome girlfriend from the previous films, Michelle Rodriguez, gets killed. Vin teams up with now FBI agent Walker to track down the drug lord that killed her. There are races, explosions, and a guy gets held out of a window. Wacky hijinks ensue, and they take down the drug lord and kill a guy by crashing a car into him.
In the midst of this, Walker and Diesel says some of the most mind numbingly awful badass lines ever committed to film:
Walker: This is where my jurisdiction ends
Diesel: This is where my jursidiction begins
Walker: Is this the end?
Diesel: This is only the beginning
They recycle this formula more times than you can count before the credits roll.
Then in one of the few differences from the other films, Diesel turns himself in and gets sentenced to prison. Of course the movie ends with the protagonists preparing to break him out of incarceration, there are more movies to be made damnit!
Fast and Furious: Origins
Fast and Furious is a series that probably even Michael Bay thinks is too much. In every new iteration, attempts are made to outdo itself in the sheer balls of the series. In the first movie, they had a car that drove under a semi truck; in the sequel they had the same stunt, but the car was crushed underwheel. In the third movie they had someone drive though a construction site; in the next they drove through an intricate series of mine shafts. In the fiifth film, it is quite possible that they will light a car on fire, strap it to a rocket, launch it into the stratosphere, and then have Vin Diesel walk out Terminator style. And guess what, they will outdo it again.