Fate of The Furious Movie Review: Vin Diesel's Action-Packed Family Reunion is a Heavy Ride
Undoubtedly the film has a lot of brawn, is semi-logical, and nearly half-an-hour too long, but then when have we actually demanded a proper script from the Furious franchise?
A still from Fate of the Furious.
Fast and The Furious franchise might not be one of the best action films of all time but it certainly is one of the most followed franchise all over the globe. Thanks to Vin Diesel and the film's global inclusion; the cheesy, family over fury films are always quick to climb up the Box Office charts sans strong storyline. The eighth installment of the franchise titled Fate of the Furious is a bit different from the previous ones. Top-heavy, loaded with world-saving action, it manages to gear way past just four wheels (read: tanks and submarines). The Fate 8 actually refuels the near-end franchise, post Paul Walker's demise.
The film starts in Havana where a 'retired' Dominic (Vin Diesel) is enjoying his honeymoon with Letty(Michelle Rodriguez). While our guy is still getting his daily dose of rush and respect from local 'tough' guys, things become suspicious when he meets Cipher (Charlize Theron) who blackmails him to work with her at the expense of his most treasured bond- his family. As Dom goes rogue, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Letty, Roman, Tej and Ramsey join hands with Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to take down Cipher bring their leader back.
The thing with the Furious franchise is that action and speed aren't just things happening on-screen, they are the character of the franchise, blended with the soul of the film and thus inseparable. The outlandishly styled car chases and never-slow-down attitude of Dom and his team have morphed Fast and The Furious into its own genre and Fate 8 justifies it completely. In fact, the film has got more action than any of its previous counterpart. Directed by Straight Outta Compton director, F Gary Gray, the film has smartly crafted the over-cooked plot of world -saving action. Satisfying the greedy need of over-the-top stunts, the film goes places (from Havana to Russia and New York) with stylish cars flying off the wall, tanks skating on ice and Submarines chasing our team.
Undoubtedly the film has a lot of brawn, is semi-logical, and nearly half-an-hour too long, but then when have we actually demanded a proper script from the Furious franchise? Another fact that it’s the first film in the series to have been made after the death of Paul Walker (and the first not to feature him since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, in 2006) only gives fans much more of a reason to rally around it. The movies are nothing if not consistent in their themes of loyalty and brotherhood and in retaining the core crew and in this film enough references are made of Brian (Paul Walker's character) including a sort of tribute, to everything he has done for Dom.
The film is high on its own standard of action. Chases are few, blasts are new and in the end, our favorite street-hoods-save-the-world neighborhood, reinstating our faith on the ever growing brotherhood.
The movie ends with more than one literal bang, and a scene that'll make you teary eyed for the Brain O Connor's reference. This brotherhood just got a taste of adrenaline rush mixed with espionage style spy-game. The fate of the furious has been sealed, but for now, two more sequels await the fans.
A treat for the hard-core fans, Fate of the Furious deserves a watch for the submarine vs Dom scene and for Theron, who makes evil look so sassy and elegant.
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