Everything About 'The Fast & Furious' Franchise To Know If You Want To See 'Furious 7' But Haven't Seen The Other Movies

If you've been on the Internet, like, at all today, you may have noticed a lot of chatter about the newest release in The Fast and the Furious franchise, Furious 7 . While it's all deserving stuff, it might be a little confusing if you're one of the few who hasn't seen any films in the franchise — especially so if you actually want to see the film, but are worried you'll be lost plot-wise because you have no time to marathon all previous 6 films before the 8 PM showing of Furious 7 at your local theater tonight. So, what are you to do? Luckily for you, we live in an age where it's pretty easy to catch up on franchises because of the Internet — and thankfully, this videos like this exist to teach you everything you need to know to enjoy Furious 7.

I bet you're thinking that a crash course that teaches you the plot of six feature films would be pretty long and arduous. But, never fret! This will only take up ten minutes of your time, because in addition to this being an age where it's easy to catch up on franchises because of the Internet, this is also an age where everything happens at lightning speed — including catch-up sessions like this one.

So, let's get started! Here's all of the essential details you need to know about the franchise, if Furious 7 is your first The Fast and the Furious film.

Paul Walker and Vin Diesel Are Star-Crossed Friends

Paul Walker is a cop named Brian O'Conner who goes undercover in street drag racing gang. During his case, he becomes BFFs with Vin Diesel, who is a criminal (named Dominic) in the gang.

Brian O'Conner Falls for Dominic's Sister

But then, Brian falls in love with Dominic's sister who is named Mia (and played by Jordana Brewster). They are sometimes in love and sometimes not, and it's very dramatic (but in a good way).

There Are Lots of Guns and Chase Scenes

And they're actually extremely well done.

The Third Film, Tokyo Drift, Is Narratively Irrelevant In The Franchise

Tokyo Drift really isn't relevant to any of the other films, in the sense that it actually has barely anything to do, plot-wise, with the ongoing narrative of the franchise.

Jason Statham and His Movie Brother Are Both Bad Guys

Jason Statham, aka Deckard Shaw, is the main antagonist of Furious 7. He's a special forces assassin who is out to get Dominic for crippling his brother Owen (Luke Evans) — who was the antagonist of Fast & Furious 6.

The Rock is a Friendly Federal Agent

The Rock is in this franchise too, and he plays a guy who is a federal agent, but who also has the respect of the criminal street racing gang. Sometimes, they even work together to catch the big bad guys. Now that's teamwork.

To see a summation of the plot in video form, check out the 10-minute crash course here, courtesy of The Verge.

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