In The Fate of the Furious, trouble comes calling in the form of a mysterious woman named Cipher (Charlize Theron). When she and Dom join forces, he turns his back on the family he’s always fought hard to protect. The crew must team up with Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to find out what’s going on and bring their brother home.
Fate is a wild ride. There are falling cars, a psychopathic blonde and one small surprise that changes the future of this franchise. The episodic storytelling in these films is unlike that of any other franchise at the moment. The continuing story lines and recurring characters always keep things interesting in the Fast universe.
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of these characters and thoroughly enjoy the over the top stunts. With that being said Fate was nothing that I expected and here’s why:
- We already knew from the trailer that Dom turned his back on his family- something that had many of us fans puzzled for the last several months. The betrayal happens early in the movie and while not explained until maybe late in the second act, it is a justifiable reason and one that I just didn’t see coming.
- The baddie Cipher really got under my skin. Charlize Theron is of course a seasoned actress and someone quite talented and capable. What she does with this character is remarkable in the sense that she made me despise her. Unlike all of the other villains Dom and his crew have gone up against, Cipher is the most elusive, confusing and frankly the scariest. She does what she wants the way she wants and doesn’t offer true explanations for her actions. I sat through the whole movie and it’s still unclear to me just what she really wanted to accomplish.
- Without Dom the crew just didn’t seem like a family. Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris) have been a part of the series the longest and no doubt share the most history and chemistry. They were joined by Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), who made an appearance in the previous film, and Mr. Nobody’s right-hand played by Scott Eastwood. I guess the simple fact that they showed up proves they wanted to stay in tact as a family, but that didn’t come across as much I thought it should.
- There is a handful of scenes that took place in Cuba, but the bulk of the movie is set in New York and undisclosed locations with Mr. Nobody. The action sequences were very creative and enjoying to watch. It’s so obvious that director F. Gary Gray and his crew put a lot of thought and planning into the execution. This is the first movie (I think) where less emphasis is put on the cars- it’s about the big toys- tanks and submarines and of course good old-fashioned brawling!
- Jason Statham’s character Deckard Shaw plays a HUGE part in this movie, which shocked and surprised me as I watched it unfold before my eyes. Seeing his shift from primary antagonist (in the previous film) to protagonist was interesting. As always he delivered some incredible scenes, particularly his face off against Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). The prison break scene was incredible and one I think I could watch again and enjoy even more. Also, Statham and Johnson possess a great chemistry between them and their back and forth banter provided some of the biggest laughs of the movie. There’s no telling if Shaw will be a permanent addition to the crew, but let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised if he showed up in the upcoming films.
- Obviously I was interested in seeing how they would handle Paul Walker’s character Brian O’Conner and his wife Mia (Jordana Brewster). There is literally one line given that “explains” their absence, but it came up at a very fitting moment, which did feel very organic.
- There was NO mid credits or post credits scene, which really left me hanging! I was looking forward to a set-up for 9, but Fate ended like a regular movie. Imagine that?
- Last, but not least there is some great acting in this installment. Not that the actors weren’t doing a good job before, but here it’s definitely elevated. Particularly for Vin Diesel and no-surprise Charlize Theron (whose an Oscar winner).
Overall, I must say that I did find Part 8 quite entertaining. The ending was fairly open- ended so it will be interesting to see where these characters go next and what they will do in the future.
The Fate of the Furious is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Italian Job) and stars: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwyane Johnson, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Scott Eastwood, and Kurt Russell.
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