The Fate of The Furious is the eighth film in the Fast and Furious franchise. It was pointed out to me by someone that eight movies is a lot for a franchise which has no source material (books, comic books, video games). That is impressive for a franchise which started of as a bad Point Break rip-off and was about a cop infiltrating the street racing world to arrest some people who have committed theft of DVD players. Now, we’re outrunning submarines and stealing nuclear launch codes.
Right of the bat, this movie is as ridiculous as it gets. If you go in expecting a masterpiece of modern cinema, you will be severely disappointed. I went in expecting an over-the-top action movie with minimal story and a lot of action and for that reason, I was literally laughing out loud due to the amount of fun I was having with this movie.
Let’s talk about the plot (for the few out there who still care). A woman named Cypher (Charlize Theron) interrupts Dominic Toretto’s honeymoon in Cuba and asks him to steal nuclear launch codes for her. If he refuses to do so, she will cause irreparable damage to him. Now Dom has gone rogue and it is up to his team of bald muscular badasses to stop him and make sure that he is one of the good guys again.
Need I remind you that Dom is nothing more than a bald and muscular street racer, but there is nobody better in the world to go to when you want to steal nuclear launch codes. If that isn’t ridiculous enough, one of the perks Cypher has due to her being a master hacker is that she can hack into and remotely control a couple hundred cars at the same time and wreak havoc on the streets of New York. It looked like someone modded GTA too much and the game broke and I found this really entertaining.
It was thoroughly entertaining to watch all of this go down and the only reason I bought into it was because it was all very well done. My favorite sequences from this movie included The Rock and Jason Statham going head to head. The back and forth between these characters was really satisfying to watch and I hope both these actors are kept around for the sequels.
The action sequences in ‘fate of the furious 8’ is extremely over-the-top but at the same time very well done and enjoyable. The movie slows down for about twenty minutes during the second act but picks up shortly after that. It is great to see a movie franchise last this long and still be so good. I have no idea what sort of insanity they are planning for this franchise but I can’t wait to see the next one.
Check this movie out if you have nothing better to do and want to watch The Rock push away a torpedo with his bare hands.