"The Fate of the Furious"

San Diego Movie Review

Fate of the Furious

Just when you thought the Fast and Furious series couldn’t get any better, it does. The series’ spectacular 8th film, The Fate of the Furious is now playing in theaters. 

It’s a heart-pounding car chase movie. When Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is approached by a mysterious, dreadlocked blonde known as Cipher (Charlize Theron) with some mysterious information, Toretto quickly betrays his family and follows Cipher as she plans to wreak havoc across the world. The mysterious piece of information is a delightful link into the series’ past. 

With Toretto’s betrayal, the plot switches to Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) as the team’s new leader and teams up with Kurt Russel’s Mr. Nobody to take down Cipher and discover the reason behind Dom’s betrayal.

Jason Statham returns Deckard Shaw, the last film’s villain, and is joined by Scott Eastwood, a by-the-books agent who doesn’t quite get along with the team. Statham is at his best as he mocks his own tough guy persona, and his reluctance to working with the team makes for some great scenes, especially his banter with Johnson. Eastwood gives the franchise a fresh, and quite honestly, uncool person who the team, and the audience, can have fun mocking.

Everyone else was great and seemed to have fun with their extended time on screen. From jokester Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez going darker and more emotional as Letty due to Dom’s betrayal to Kurt Russell, who clearly was enjoying his time on screen. There is so much more insane, exhilarating and globe-trotting action sequences this time around, with New York and the icy wasteland that is Russia joining Havana as the every expanding locations of the franchise. Director F. Gary Gary did an amazing job with all of the films incredible action sequences, especially with the big submarine battle towards the end of the film. As Cipher, Theron was exceptional even though she was mostly shouting orders and tech-speaking from a plane.

After the emotional highs surrounding Furious 7, mainly surrounding the tragic death of star Paul Walker, did we really need another film and would it even work without Walker? The answer is yes; even without Walker’s Brian O’Connor, the film still manages to have the same heart and emotional pull as it’s predecessor, with the revelation of Dom’s betrayal hitting right in the heart. You can still feel Paul’s presence throughout the film.

The Fate of the Furious is a heart-pounding thrill ride that will satisfy your need for speed and tops its predecessor.

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