I’m a horrible reviewer for the Fast & Furious films.
No, that’s not me being self-deprecating (for once). It’s because I’m so biased toward these films.
Starting their life off as films based on the import-culture that boomed in the early 00’s; they managed to adapt and change with the times.
Moving from automotive heists to insane levels of ‘who even knows what’, the Fast series is ride-or-dying its way out the front as one of the most successful Action Movie Blockbusters of all time.
With the latest top-up after the brilliant sign-off for actor Paul Walker in Furious 7, does The Fate Of The Furious continue to drive the series in the right direction?
Or is it starting to run on fumes…
With Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) married, Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) retired and the rest of the crew exonerated, the globe-trotting team has found some semblance of a normal life.
They soon face an unexpected challenge when a mysterious woman named Cipher (Charlize Theron) forces Dom to betray them all.
Now, they must unite to bring home the man who made them a family and stop Cipher from unleashing chaos.
My favourite commentary around the series has always been about the want for logic.
These films haven’t made sense since they drove Honda Civic’s under raised trailer-rigs.
And that’s kind of the point.
Yes, there needs to be enough logic to ground it somewhat in the boring chains of reality, but when you have characters denting metal with a punch, lifting giant blocks of concrete and surviving drastic crashes, then well…what is logic?
That’s not to say it throws it all out the window though. This felt like the first Fast film in a while to actually EXPLAIN why stuff was or wasn’t happening (I was actually gobsmacked when they did this).
Alongside this, it finds itself having to exist in a plot that feels like it’s been mangled by a destruction derby.
Again, that’s fine!
Acting like a reset of the continuity once more, the series finds its final trilogy setup for something…FURIOUS (I’m sorry…).
New antagonist Theron provides a more cerebral villain for the team, with previous bad-man Statham now stepping in to provide more KICK for the kick-ass family.
A boisterous new rapport forms between Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Statham, which may see itself becoming a more prominent relationship in future (Can anyone say…spin-off?), while the returning family members do what they do best.
Except ramped up to 8…(Again, I’m sorry).
While all outstanding as always, The Rock and Tyrese Gibson jump out to the lead with some rip-roaring one liners that will have the audience up in arms.
But Gibson shines as the clear winner, with a liveler and more vibrant Roman which we haven’t seen since…ever?
With a submarine pulled in as the new ‘building to jump out of’, The Fate Of The Furious continues the series bananas antics and will open up another NOS tank on the Box Office.
If you like fast.
If you like furious.
Then The Fate Of The Furious crosses that line with ease.
Go have fun at your local cinema with THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS.
Like that's a thing you can actually do!
Just sit there, watch a bat-shit crazy film and have a good life.
Love you mi familia.