Title: The Fate of the Furious
Director: F. Gary Gray
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Leads: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson (Too many to name)
Where to start, where to start! The quick, dirty, and simple review is if you liked the OTHER 7 MOVIES you will love this one. I feel like if I left it at that this would be a bad post, but you would have all of the information you need haha.
We can start this one with some logistics. The movie itself is listed a 136 minutes (2h 16min) and like the other movies it doesn’t seem long at all. It is again in that sweet spot , time wise. On top of the main actors from the main set of movies they have since added Dwayne Johnson, and Jason Statham. I was skeptical when they introduced both of them. Jason Statham is one of my all time favorite actors, and I was wondering how they would incorporate him, since in his movies he always wins. He has that persona about him, so seeing him in other movies where he isn’t the main lead is interesting. “The Rock” has burst into acting and has done a few movies, but nothing great. Although I think they made him perfectly as a character in these movies. As of this movie They added another big name actor, picking up Charlize Theron as the main protagonist. Lastly as far as actors go I was very surprised and had weird feelings about Kristofer Hivju being in the film as a bad guy. This might only be me but he will always be the Wyndham Rewards Wizard from the TV commercials haha.
This movie starts in Cuba where Dom (Vin Diesel) is coerced to work with the mysterious Cipher (Charlize Theron). She has him working with her on what would be a terrorist type of attack. In the process of doing so he has to turn his back on his family and friends. If you follow the series you know already that that is a huge deal. Dom’s crew is left confused and concerned for him. They don’t know why he would do something like he did, but they are determined to find out. Like most of the movies they strive the whole time to stay true to themselves and deal with problems as they come. This movie is highly packed with cinematic action like you would expect and has you on the edge of your seat most of the time. I’ll leave it at that, because if I say anything else I’d be saying too much. 😀
The movies have evolved since the first one. They started out being just about street racing, petty crime, and strong family bonds. They now have more developed plots, that take them around the world fighting crime. It sounds weird saying that since they originally weren’t considered the greatest people. They were poor city residents doing what they could to survive and breaking every law along the way. They have done a great job keeping the crew, separate but equal to the law enforcing side of Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). They always keep their street edge, and their no regard for the rules attitude. I think behind the scenes it has been a big help that this franchise has a huge cult like following. They have been able to pull in big money. That has in turn enabled them to make bigger and better movies and keep the same cast while adding great supporting roles.
The franchise did take a huge hit with the death of Paul Walker during the filming of the 7th movie. That is obvious, and I wasn’t really sure how they were going to handle it. I mean think about it, they had, then, seven successful movies. They could have ended it right there, but they chose not to, and I for one am OK with that. They never killed Brian’s (Paul Walker) character off, they just sent him away with his family. That being said he is referenced a few times in touching ways throughout this 8th movie.
To sum this up, there are people who have hated on this franchise from day one and that’s OK. Those people would not enjoy this movie. There are people who haven’t seen any of the other movies, I would urge them not to watch this one first. 😉 Then there are people who have at some point or another seen all of the other movies. To those people I would say it is a must watch. Once you find yourself immersed in this franchise you don’t want it to end. Sure at times it is cheesy, but that’s what makes it a bit fun. These movies, while kicking up some emotion, don’t really leave you thinking about the real world. You can watch these movies and just have a good relaxing time.
Regarding the time line of the movies, I’ll refer you to this link. Warning that link contains spoilers. It is older but still stands mostly true. The franchise is messed up worse than “Star Wars” when it comes to the order of the movies. I saw one guy splicing 3 movies at one time making it all make sense that way haha.
Anyway, since I am a fanboy of the franchise, and have a place for it in my heart, I have rated it a bit higher than most.
I personally give this movie a 8/10.