Review: Fast X

In season for of HBO’s Succession, Logan Roy said “I love you, but you are not serious people”. This sums up my feelings on the director, writers, and stars of Fast X – I love them but they are not serious people.

Fast X is the latest film in the franchise that turned professional street racers into superheroes and routinely ignores the laws of physics, time, and even death. If the ridiculousness of the previous films are a 10, Fast X is a 15 and rising.

The film follows Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) as him and his family are hunted by a mysterious man named Dante (Jason Momoa). After the Fast Family is blamed for an incident in Rome, they find themselves being hunted by the Agency as well as Dante’s endless supply of goons-for-hire. Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is stuck in black site prison. Jakob (John Cena) is taking Little Brian (Leo Abelo Perry) to an undisclosed safe house. Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), and Han (Sung Kang) are trying to make their way to the safe house as well.

Meanwhile, Tess (Brie Larson) is trying to get Letty out of the prison and help Dom track down Dante. The Agency is using all of its resources to track down Dom and his team. Aimes (Alan Ritchson) is the new head of the Agency, is on mission. He believes Dom and his family are career criminals that corrupt any law enforcement they come in contact with (shhhhhhh he’s right).

Fast X is not a good movie. A dozen or more insane things happen in the first 20 minutes and things only get crazier. The action scenes are equally unserious and eye popping, The film leans heavy into its ridiculousness making it one of the most entertaining films of the year.

Dom Toretto started as a criminal street racer with anger issues…now he’s basically Captain America in a tank top and ugly silver cross necklace. Dom has superhuman strength, elite driving skills, and he survives so many shootouts he may be bulletproof. The way he travels across the globe, he may be able to teleport as well.

The real star of the film is Jason Momoa as Dante. He’s the Gypsy Joker. He’s got some issues and is always finding the humor at the worst possible time. He even breaks the 4th wall mentioning how everyone becomes family after fighting Dom and his crew. Dante also has a real sadistic side that comes out from time to time.

What makes everyone involved in Fast X “unserious people” is all the action sequences. The first sequence in Rome sets the tone for how crazy the film is going to get. Without spoiling…the last 15 minutes of the film plus the post credit scene is the perfect mix of comedy, unintentional comedy, and wait WHAT moments. It’s a string of sequences that has to be seen to be believed.

Fast X isn’t for everyone. If someone said they walked out after 20 minutes, I’d understand. If someone said it was their favorite movie of the year, I’d understand that as well. Despite its many flaws, Fast X is one of the most entertaining films of 2023. It’s easy to love this family, even if they aren’t serious people.

Grade: C+