THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (2017) Review

by on April 24, 2017

in Entertainment, movie reviews

Fate of the Furious review

Should you go drop your hard-earned bucks at the theater to go see The Fate of the Furious movie? In a word, if you know what you’re getting into, you won’t be disappointed if you do. Fate is a great addition to the franchise, with only a few pitfalls to suffer through.

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As you may well know, Fate of the Furious, AKA Fast 8, is the eighth film in the Fast and Furious film franchise that stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham. This latest film was directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, Straight Outta of Compton) off a script written by Chris Morgan (Furious 7, 47 Ronin). (Have you heard about the spinoff with Johnson and Statham? Sweet!)

The gang from the franchise is mostly back, barring the obvious missing cast member of the late Paul Walker. The cast includes Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodgriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood, Kurt Russell, Lucas Black, Charlize Theron, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kristofer Hivju.

“Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and the rest of the crew have been exonerated from their previous crimes. Suddenly a myterious woman seemingly lures Dom back into the world of crime, forcing him to betray those closest to him. The team’s trust will be truly tested like never before as the team crisscrosses the globe trying to stop Dom and his anarchist girlfriend from unleashing chaos on the world. ‘s stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family.”

As with the latest Fast and Furious films, you have to come into this film lifting your beliefs of real-world physics and expectations and just enjoy the cartoonish car stunts, fights and situations our heroes find themselves in. Do you remember that 13-minute fight scene on a cargo plane that was zooming down the “26-mile” long runway in FF6? This time around we only spent 30 seconds on a runway, making it a one-mile long runway!

But aside from the silliness, fans are loving the film as they flock to it and givng it the biggest worldwide box office film opening since 2002.

This time around Dom (Diesel) is pushed to his emotional limits as his family comes under fire from an evil computer hacker played by Theron. It’s classic good vs. bad with the bad taking a few hits along the way and the bad being mostly, and frustratingly triumphant throughout most of the first and second acts. As the third act comes around, in case you thought we had some wild, fantasy-like chase scenes before, it gets more fun as the poop hits the fan and our heroes find themselves running for their lives from a submarine.

What was more enjoyable this time around was that the car chases and fight scenes didn’t seem to go on forever like they sometimes felt like in previous films. No, I’m not saying they aren’t long here either, but they don’t drag on and on like they’ve done previously.

What these films prove is that there are certain expectations by fans of their popcorn movies, where Fast and Furious fits right in with Bond, Transformers and Ice Age movies. Fans want a certain amount of fun and just enough story to not be too distracted by it. But there does seem to be a limit of how much talent you can shove in a film like this and make it look good. Yes, the cast is fun and awesome. It’s starting to border on the jam-packed casting of The Expendables, but they’re staying young with this crowd as they pack in the action cast of Diesel, Johnson, Statham, Rodriguez, Gibson, Ludacris and the others. Well, younger.

But…

Even though the banter was cute and somewhat uplifting while the serious moments felt just a shade above a thin veil of necessity, some of the acting felt like it was mailed in, even for this film! And the one cast member that stood out the most and made it distracting for me, was Rodriguez. Rodriguez is good at kicking ass and being mysterious, but her efforts at playing a happy newlywed were pretty distracting. There’s something missing in this film that folks Joss Whedon, the Russo brothers and a few others do successfully with ensemble casts, but it’s not a show-stopper here. It was just a bit distracting.

IF you were only looking for crazy stunts, physics busting moves and drivers who fling themselves through the air and beat up the bad guys in a fantastically classic fashion, you’ll love Fate of the Furious. The story is just enough to make it on par or maybe better than its predecessors with the usual, over-the-top action.

On my popcorn scale, I’d go with a 7/10 easy and I did not feel like I wasted any money on the adventure. Rotten Tomatoes critics gave it a 66%, while IMDb users netted it a 7.3/10 score. Go have fun for 136 minutes, not counting the previews, though in my theater, I only had three of them! Boo! LOL.

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