Nothing against the entries before, but ever since Fast Five, the Fast and the Furious movie series has taken viewers and the box office by storm with its fast paced, insane action. One would think by the time the franchise got to its eighth installment that it would be out of gas. That’s not the case with director F. Gary Gray taking over on The Fate of the Furious, as the action is just as insane and intense as it ever was, if not more so that fans and action buffs will want to race to the finish line for.
Picking up some time after the last film, Dominic “Dom” Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) are happy and together in Havana. As any fan knows, this doesn’t last for long as trouble always has a way of finding Dom, which comes in the form of a cyberterrorist named Cipher (Charlize Theron) who has a terrible secret of Dom’s to manipulate him with. She uses this to her advantage when Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) asks Dom and his loyal band of friends (or family as he calls them) to help him secure an EMP device that she wants for herself. The mission goes well until Dom turns on his family and takes the device while hurting them in the process. It’s up to the family to find out what’s going on with Dom and save the world from Cipher.
To say anymore than that would be spoiling some really good and fun parts of the film. Needless to say I highly enjoyed watching the action unfold in this one as I did with the previous films. Whether it’s fast cars doing cartoon-like stunts, or the always intense hand-to-hand and guns blazing combat, anyone who watches will have an awesome time with one of the best popcorn movies out there. The cast and their chemistry is perfect, which is one of the main reasons the films are so popular and successful, and the soundtrack is always pumping. While it is sad that Paul Walker is gone, they do a good job having Scott Eastwood fill in as a by-the-books agent that joins the family but later loosens up and gives into the excitement. I also loved some of the uncredited cameos such as Helen Mirren in a fun role I won’t dare spoil, but fans will get an absolute kick out of seeing her and who she plays.
If you love insane action movies that keep the pedal to the metal until the very end, and if you’re a fan of the previous installments, you’ll want to start your engine and race to see The Fate of the Furious. Like most I thought the series was done after Paul Walker’s passing and for how long it’s been going on. That’s luckily not the case here as the action and fun is still revving strong with more sequels racing their way to us soon.