FAST X is a sequel to the FAST AND FURIOUS movie FAST FIVE. In FAST FIVE, Dom and his friends teamed up with a spy agency to bring down a Brazilian drug lord. In FAST X, the drug lord’s son hatches an elaborate revenge plot against Dom, his friends and family, to make them suffer for his father’s death. He lures Dom and his team to Rome, Italy, to frame them for a terrorist bombing. Meanwhile, the spy agency’s new head breaks ties with Dom’s team. How can Dom protect his son from the wrath of this mad avenger?
FAST X contains some impressive action sequences. The chase sequence involving the bomb headed to Vatican City is very exciting. FAST X increases the personal stakes in the franchise by having the villain target Dom’s son. Cleverly, the filmmakers link Dom’s protection of his son with overt references to faith and Jesus. The movie promotes family, honor and sacrifice. FAST X has significantly less foul language than recent FAST & FURIOUS movies, but it’s still slightly excessive. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution.
(CC, BB, Ho, PP, LLL, VV, S, A, M):
Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong Christian, moral worldview includes verbal and visual references to faith, Jesus and the Cross and movie promotes faith, family, honor, sacrifice, protecting loved ones, and stopping a mad villain bent on chaos, and the villain is often depicted as a mean effeminate man who’s a bit woke, which implies a biblical critique of today’s leftist LGBTQ, feminist attack on masculinity, plus the movie celebrates the melting pot character of America, which stands against evil international criminal interests
27 obscenities (including one “f” word during one action scene, plus some “s,” “h” and a few a** words and three or so “d” words), three GD profanities, and one OMG profanity
Lots of often intense action violence includes gunfights with people being shot and some being wounded, intense hand-to-hand fighting, multiple car chases with crashes and wrecks and explosions as mad villain targets good guys and civilians and good guys try to stop villain, a flashback to a point blank shooting to show one villain’s past cruelty, and another flashback to another shooting, good guys race cars through streets in Rome to stop a bomb encased in a large steel ball from destroying the Vatican in Rome (a shock wave from the bomb causes some damage, but the main blast is confined to the nearby Tiber River), amazing feats of derring-do, hero stops innocent people from being shot in two or more instances, villain places small bombs under two street racing cars, villain forces hero to focus on protecting women and children first
No sex scenes, but there’s brief suggestive dancing in a street racing scene, and the villain is a mean effeminate, androgynous man who acts a little bit woke, but his actions imply that the movie is presenting a biblical critique of woke political correctness and its attacks on traditional, biblical notions of sex and the differences between males and females
No explicit nudity, but some women have short skirts and short shorts in one scene filmed in Rio de Janeiro during a party scene on the public streets
Alcohol use includes some beer drinking
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drug content; and,
Villain deceives and frames the good guys while he seeks revenge.
FAST X is a direct sequel to the FAST AND FURIOUS movie FAST FIVE, wherein the son of the Brazilian drug lord killed in FAST FIVE hatches an elaborate revenge plot against Dom and his friends and family, to make them suffer for what they did to his father. FAST X contains some new impressive action sequences, increases the personal stakes in the franchise by having the villain target the hero’s young son, and has overt references to faith and Jesus, but the amount of foul language is still slightly excessive, so extreme caution is advised.
The movie opens with a flashback to 10 years ago when Dom and his friends fought with a drug lord, Hernan Reyes, in Rio de Janeiro. The drug lord had killed some DEA agents, as well as agents from the Diplomatic Security Service Agency. So, Dom and his friends teamed up with two officers from “the Agency” to take $100 million in illicit money from Reyes that he placed in a large vault. Ten years later, the drug lord’s son, Dante Reyes, hatches an elaborate scheme to take revenge on Dom and his friends and family for his father’s death.
Cut to present day in Los Angeles. Dom and his friends and family are having some family time with Dom’s grandmother. The Agency calls Dom’s friends, Roman, Tej and Han, to travel to Rome to stop a powerful computer chip from getting into the wrong hands. While they’re away, Dom and his wife, Letty, get a visit from the escaped female cyberterrorist Cipher, who’s been seriously wounded by Dante. She tells them Dante tried to kill her and is after his friends in Rome.
Dom and Letty travel to Rome to warn their friends while Dom’s sister, Mia, takes care of Dom’s young son, Brian. They discover that the armored truck supposedly carrying the computer chip is actually carrying a bomb. With Dom in a fast car and Letty riding a fast motorcycle, they and the team try to stop the bomb from exploding in the center of Vatican City. Using a jamming device, they manage to steer the bomb into the nearby Tiber River, but the huge shock wave causes some damage.
However, the authorities capture Letty and accuse her, Dom and their friends of being the ones behind Dante’s terrorist attack. They send Letty to an unknown black site for interrogation. Sadly, Dom’s friend at the Agency, “Mr. Nobody,” is still missing, and the new man in charge, Ames, thinks it’s high time the Agency end its association with Dom’s team. So, Dom and his friends have to evade the authorities while they figure out a way to get Letty out of prison and stop Dante from killing them all.
Meanwhile, Dom’s brother, Jakob, arrives in Los Angeles and takes over their sister, Mia’s, duties protecting Dom’s son, Brian. Dom’s son is named after his friend, Brian, Mia’s husband, and Mia leaves to be with her husband, who’s trying to protect their own two children, who also will probably be targeted by Dante and his men.
How can Dom protect his son from the wrath of this mad avenger?
The transformation of the FAST & FURIOUS movies into a tentpole franchise about a team of fast-driving heroes battling super criminals began with FAST FIVE. As a direct sequel to that movie, FAST X not only doubles the mathematical number of the title, it also doubles down on the action. For example, in FAST FIVE, Dom uses his car to drag around a large vault containing the villain’s money. So, in FAST X, the villain’s son forces Dom to chase down and divert a large metal ball containing a bomb. The action sequence in Rome with the bomb is one of the most spectacular, entertaining sequences in the whole franchise.
As usual, the new FAST & FURIOUS movie promotes family, and friends are seen as part of the family. The movie also promotes sacrifice and honor. This time out, though, faith is linked overtly to the cherished cross necklaces that Dom and his brother, Jakob, received from their father. In the movie, Dom and Jakob pass down that symbolically Christocentric faith down to Dom’s son, Brian.
In contrast to the two brothers, the movie depicts the villain as an agent of chaos. Jason Momoa plays the villain as a sadistic, androgynous madman. As such, the character offers a well-deserved critique of the transgender subculture that’s waging a culture war today against Nature and Nature’s God. In fact, the villain makes a great contrast to the honorable masculinity and faith projected by Vin Diesel, the heroic icon behind the FAST & FURIOUS movies that’s made the movies so popular. MOVIEGUIDE® wonders if leftist critics will catch this apparent critique of modern-day attacks on traditional, biblical distinctions between male and female.
FAST X has significantly less foul language than recent FAST & FURIOUS movies, but it’s still slightly excessive and contains one “f” word and three strong profanities joining about 20 “s” and “h” obscenities. So, MOVIEGUIDE® still advises extreme caution.
FAST X ends on a cliffhanger, which leads to a sequel in 2025 that may be the second part of a trilogy (details are still sketchy).
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