Review: The Fate of the Furious

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family.

What elevated the Fast series into a bonafide billion dollar franchise was when they embraced the ridiculousness. Early in the series the films were too self serious as they struggled to provide the audience with any thrills or laughs. After bringing Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges and Tyrese Gibson back while adding movie star Dwayne Johnson, the franchise found its niche with a mix of comedy and high octane stunts. Though Fast 8 features the same cast with even crazier stunts, a large portion of the material falls flat thanks to the melodramatic subplot between Diesel’s Toretto and Charlize Theron’s Cipher.

A runtime of 136 minutes, the film often sputters before kicking back into another set piece. The action in the film is impressive but the editing butchers the final product with its drastic cuts and warped slow mo. Coming off the success of Straight Outta Compton, F Gary Gray directs the latest installment. He injects his own flavor to the series which is refreshing considering it’s the eight film in the franchise. F8 would have benefitted more from a simpler story and more screen time from the crew as the current plot is too convoluted and nonsensical.

The whole gang is back with Diesel leading the way. Diesel once again plays the blank faced Toretto with no real charisma or chemistry with any of his cast members. The banter between Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham is one of the highlights of the film as they consistently pelt each other with insults. Having two action stars like Johnson and Statham on screen make watching this film a much easier progress as the two of them steal the show. Charlize Theron’s role of the villain is bland and unoriginal, as she hides behind a laptop for the majority of the film as though she’s playing Battleship.

Overall The Fate of the Furious has moments of fun that make us remember why we care about the franchise so much. The first film in the post Paul Walker era, the film struggles to find the heart and family mentality the others did so well. Although the last three rejuvenated the franchise, it seems The Fate of the Furious is the run of the mill Fast & Furious movie with nothing of significance or in general, new featured in the eighth installment. The Fate of the Furious settles for average though it touts a respectable cast and crew.

Rating: 6/10

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