Movie Review: The Fate of the Furious (2017)

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I can’t believe we have gone this far in this franchise. You would think that Furious 7 was the perfect ending but they had to continue it….which I am happy they did. The Fate of the Furious is the 8th installment of the Fast and the Furious Saga and possibly my favorite in the series. Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game and the rest of the crew have started normal lives. But when a mysterious woman 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 of the arctic Barents Sea, the 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. Directed by F. Gary Gray, The Fate of the Furious stars Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Scott Eastwood.

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This movie is insane in all the right ways. First off, the action scenes are over the top and what you come to expect from this series after 8 movies. One of my favorites were the prison riot scene, where Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham go hard as a mother fudger against the police and other prisoners. My other favorite was the New York scenes. Arguably, this scene alone has more cars in it than the last two movies.  We get such over the top (or under the bottom) action in its most glorious attire. It doesn’t always make sense, but one doesn’t really care as long as colorful cars are flying against the orange filled backdrop of the screen.

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Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson are my favorite characters in the movie. They have great chemistry and banter, that you would think Dwayne is bringing back “The Rock” to cut a promo on Jason’s character. The excellent performance of miss Charlize Theron is eerily captivating. She brings such intensity with her performance that it would feel like I’d convert into ice the moment she touches me. Vin Diesel, on the other hand, is as expressionless as he has been in all the other movies. Does excessive exercise make your face incapable of showing emotion? Maybe. Despite his attempt to look extremely scary, somehow to me he looks like a teddy bear I could totally cuddle with. He’s adorable. Watching him being blackmailed by Charlize was like watching Cercei torture Hodor. This movie had such an elaborate story that it could easily have been stretched into a two part movie. Saying that we were exhausted after watching the drama and action packed in those 2 hours of screenplay.

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If you are a fan of this franchise, you know that these films do not take themselves seriously. As is the case with the eighth installment of the series. However, even a series like this one needs a twist to keep the audience interested. Which is where Dom comes in, as he shifts his allegiance to a hacker known by the alias Cipher. His motives are kept undisclosed for some time to keep the suspense alive. What separates this film from the others is it finally gets a villain that’s worth mentioning. Cipher is menacing, seductive and manipulative. Even after seven films, Charlize manages to add something new to the franchise. Just goes to show you the talent behind the actress. Say what you will about this franchise but even the critics cannot deny the entertainment value that it has. And ultimately that is the reason we go to the theaters, let me rephrase that, it’s why I go to the theaters.

SUPERSAM RATING: ★★★★½

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