M-Net Movies Revs Up WIth Fast & Furious Pop-up Channel on DStv

Buckle up – all the mean supercar machines of the world’s most adrenaline-fueled film franchise are bolting down the road at breakneck speed! From Saturday 1 April to Sunday 9, April M-Net and MultiChoice are putting the pedal to the metal with a special M-Net Movies Fast & Furious pop-up channel featuring all seven of the high-octane movies built on non-stop action, heart-stopping stunts, heart-pumping chases and superstar cast.

The M-Net Movies Fast & Furious Pop-up channel is a special treat for MultiChoice’s DStv Premium customers, arriving just days before the much-anticipated film premiere of the eighth instalment in the franchise, Fast & Furious 8, starring an all-star cast including Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell and South Africa’s very own Charlize Theron which will be released in cinemas worldwide. Petrol-heads, Fast fans and everyone who loves great action can race off to Channel 109. The channel will also be streamed on DStv Now and all seven films will be available on the M-Net Movies Collection on Catch Up Plus, which can be accessed via the DStv Wifi Connector.

“We promised to bring viewers unmissable curated movie themed channels in 2017 and are excited to rev it up after the massive success of pop-ups such as the recent James Bond extravaganza and M-Net Inspire,” says M-Net’s Director of Channels, Jan du Plessis. “The M-Net Movies Fast & Furious pop-up has been timed to feed into the frenzy around the latest edition in the franchise. It also coincides with exciting changes on the M-Net channels. April is indeed going to be a super-sized month on the M-Net front.”

The M-Net Movies Fast & Furious channel will run daily from 10:00 with back-to-back Fast films until around 22:30. Do note however, that the channel will conclude on 9 April with a binge-viewing session, with all seven films running in chronological order. For the full schedules, please consult the EPG Guide or go to mnet.tv.

To join the conversation while the Fast & Furious speedsters are burning rubber, the social media pitstops m-net.dstv.com/page/pop-up; @mnetmovies; www.mnet.tv; or by using #ff109.

Full summaries of the movies:

The Fast and The Furious

Year: 2001
Cast: Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
Director: Rob Cohen
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller.
Rating: 16VL

A pulsating high-speed action drama that launched the popular film franchise. It was a runaway success at the box office and attracted praise from many top American critics.

Brian O’Conner is an undercover cop on a dangerous mission: He must capture Dominic Toretto, an elusive street racer and truck hijacker on a mission to steal electronic equipment worth millions of dollars. Toretto is fearless and violence is his first resort.

2 Fast 2 Furious

Year: 2003
Cast: Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Eva Mendes, Cole Hauser
Director: John Singleton
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller
Rating: 13VL

Crime and speed are again the main ingredients in the second instalment of this hugely successful action drama film series. One might even say the modified Nissan Skyline GT-R and Honda RS200 deserved top billing alongside the actors in the leading roles!

A street racer finds himself behind bars after competing in a dangerous and illegal race. Then, to his surprise, an FBI agent makes him an irresistible offer: his freedom in exchange for help in bringing down an elusive crime kingpin.

The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift

Year: 2006
Cast: Lucas Black, Bow Wow
Director: Justin Lin
Genres: Action, Drama.
Rating: 13VL

Neither speed nor fury has flagged in this thrilling action film franchise. In the series timeline, Tokyo Drift slots in between the sixth and seventh movies.

An American teenager who causes an accident during an illegal street race is sent to live with his father in Japan to avoid a prison sentence. In Tokyo, he learns an exhilarating style of street racing that is much wilder and more dangerous than the street racing found in Los Angeles.

Fast & Furious (Fast & Furious 4)

Year: 2009
Director: Justin Lin
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller.
Rating: 13VL

The action heats up in the fourth instalment of a film franchise that has become the favourite of speed freaks around the world. With car chases like you’ve never seen before, deadly crashes are a single error of judgment away.

The FBI has recruited Brian O’Conner for a second stint as law enforcer, mainly for his in-depth understanding of the underworld. He teams up with Dominic Toretto to infiltrate and destroy a ruthless drug ring.

Fast Five

Year: 2009
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster
Director: Justin Lin
Genres: Action, Crime.
Rating: 13VNL

The fifth instalment steered the Fast and Furious film franchise in a new direction with fewer car races and more expansive action scenes. It has become one of the most successful action series of all time.

Street racing made his name, but Dominic Toretto now sets his sights on a much bigger prize: a cash heist that will buy his and the crew’s freedom. He teams up with former cop Brian O’Conner to confront the shady businessman who is after their blood.

Fast & Furious 6

Year: 2013
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson
Director: Justin Lin
Rating: 13VL
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller

The first film in the Fast & Furious franchise that moves away from the underground racing scene became a monster hit, raking in $788.7 million in the worldwide box office.

Dominic is on a mission to halt a band of mercenaries with havoc on their minds when he is confronted by a more dangerous enemy: his own dark side, which is triggered by the sudden reappearance of a former girlfriend who was presumed to be dead.

Read the SAMDB review of Fast & Furious 6

Furious 7

Year: 2016
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster
Director: James Wan
Genres: Action, Crime, Thriller.
Rating: 13VL

The Fast and Furious movies make up one of the most successful film franchises in the world. This seventh instalment features an impressive cast including regulars Vin Diesel and Paul Walker, and this time, they’re joined by Jason Statham as a very angry assassin.

Dom Toretto and the guys have come back home to America, determined to live normal lives free of crime. But the events of the past catch up with them as an old enemy’s brother schemes to send Dom to the grave.

Read the SAMDB review of Furious 7

Published by Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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