Cert: 12A Runtime: 136 mins Director: F. Gary Gray Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Scott Eastwood and Kurt Russell
I will beat you like a Cherokee drum
Ever since Dwayne Johnson made his appearance in the Fast & Furious franchise it has become immense. After the tragedy that shadowed Fast 7, we all expected it to be the last one. But here we are Fast 8 is now the highest grossing opening film of all time, beating Force Awakens! It shows you that this franchise isn’t dead just yet. So what is The Fate of the Furious about? 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 (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.
Fast 8 included over the top, high flying action and was a relatively good new addition to the franchise that started relatively small. The Furious line has grown into a beast over the past years and is never better in terms of pulling its shares at the box office. Its fast paced action is enough to let us dismiss the lack in narrative and structural content that more sophisticated viewers may be looking for. However this is what is it and no one does it better, a fun, dumb explosion of a franchise that audiences have grown to love.Although its 8th instalment definitely ups the ante from Furious 7 in terms of action the emotional story that the 7th managed to tell in a beautiful send off to the late Paul Walker is sadly not found in this new film. Paul Walker’s absence has really left a void in the franchise that they tried so hard to fill with new comer Scott Eastwood. The relationship between Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson and their chemistry was brilliant. Their to and fro bickering and love/hate relationship was just so good. Rather, the original furious gang really slacked off; Tyrese Gibson and Ludicrous’ characters were both not as fleshed out and seeing as Vin Diesel’s Dom has gone rogue and out of the team the original gang really members really aren’t so colourful and interesting. Overall I would say that even though the action and car chase definitely tops its predecessors. This film was rather not as good as the franchise’s more notable entries such as its 5th and 7th instalments.