The Fate of the Furious: Film Review

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As I walk into “The Fate of the Furious” I can honestly say that I was a little nervous about what I was about to see. I have been a fan since before it was cool and have honestly really enjoyed all of the films in the franchise. As a fan I have a soft spot for “2 Fast 2 Furious” since it was shot here in sunny Miami and we knew a lot of the people who were on set and a lot of the cars used in the film. I used to be part of the scene and one can say that I love cars as much as movies. and cannot wait to build and race again. Ok we are getting off topic here. Maybe I should start another blog…nah…

Back to the movie now. The billion dollar ($4.4 to date) franchise continues to wow audiences and break records left and right.I can honestly see why, the film doesn’t try to be something it is not.  How you ask? By upping the action and really taking time in cultivating it’s villains which in turn gives us more meat and potatoes with our main characters as it brings us in more and more. One way you can tell that a film franchise or solo film is good is that you begin to really care and empathize with the characters and what they are going through. You feel their pains as well as their joys. The Fast and the Furious has been doing that since the first film and there maybe a lot of haters out there because someone always has to hate. The main purpose of the Fast and the Furious films is to entertain and tell a good story. Add in a multicultural cast that works well together without even asking for it and you have a great recipe for success. This franchise is one of only a handful of original material stories that continues to be successful without being based on a TV series or Comic Books.I am talking like Star Wars successful!

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As “The Fate of the Furious” begins I can only compare it being strapped into the seat of a comfy race car that hits 60MPH in about 3.5 seconds and never lets its foot off the gas. You may think “Whoa!” Is the whole film like this? Balls to the walls action and mayhem? Well, in a way yes…yes it is. In a very good way since your eyes will be glued to the screen as one scene leads into another and you may even shed a few tears as the story develops. (pass the Kleenex) I couldn’t believe it myself as I wiped a few of them off. The on screen chemistry of the crew is awesome! The Rock knows how to kick some serious butt here and the back and forth with Jason Statham is very funny. It is the character dynamic that keeps things moving along here very smoothly. That character dynamic has worked from the very first film even when it was being called a “Point Break” rip off with fast cars.

The meat of film begins pretty early and you all know Dom has turned his back on his family and sided with Charlize Theron who plays one sick and twisted villain named Cipher. You will really hate her…One big gripe we have is that the trailers did give away some of the action as usual. One trend that is not going away anytime soon from what we hear. Don’t worry there is still a good amount of action and crazy ass stunts that were not  spilled in the trailers. Director F Gary Gray has neatly put his stamp and vision on the film and by all means delivered a very very good package that continues the Fast and Furious tradition. With 2 more films left to do will he return for the 9th installment?

It all started in 2001 with a surprise hit and now fast forward 16 years with the 8th film and 2 more to go I would say that this film franchise has evolved just nicely. Part street racer, part heist film, part spy film with just a hint of heart and comedy “The Fate of the Furious” unofficial kicks off the summer movie season a tad early and is fun popcorn entertainment and the reason we goto the movies. To be wowed and thrilled in our comfy chairs noshing on popcorn and snowcaps and then walking out of the movies saying to one another “Omg did you see that?” and “I can’t believe that happened!” with such excitement.

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On the heels of 2015’s Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: The Fate of the Furious.  

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—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 (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) 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.

For The Fate of the Furious, Vin Diesel is joined by a returning all-star cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. In addition to Theron, the series welcomes newcomers Scott Eastwood and Oscar® winner Helen Mirren. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and produced by returning producers Neal H. Moritz, Michael Fottrell and Diesel.

 

 

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