When you think of good movies, one of the Fast and the Furious movies probably don’t come to the mind. The Fast and the Furious franchise have a reputation for a couple things: Fast cars, talking in low voices, jumping out of cars and women in little clothing. “Fate of the Furious” did not disappoint in any of these themes.
The plot has never been a strong point in a Fast and the Furious movie and nothing has really changed. The main character Dom betrays his “family” for a mysterious reason to work with some cyber terrorist women and his family must stop the terrorist while also saving Dom from himself in the process. No deep plot or heavy subjects. Just car explosion and yelling in Vin Diesel’s face.
Charlize Theron was an interesting actor to add to the franchise, she typically goes for classier action movies but who would pass up working with The Rock and Vin Diesel. She didn’t seem to have a motive other than getting money and taking over the world. Nothing to make her relatable, nothing to make her actions make sense.
Word of advice before watching “Fate of the Furious”, watch the sixth and seventh movie. I went into the theater not realizing this was the eighth movie and not understanding parts of the plot. The “Fate of the Furious” actually follows the previous movies unlike the first couple movie so catch up on your Fast and Furious trivia.
Now the cast was some of the most talented action stars mixed with the weirdest choices imaginable. You have Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Charlize Theron mixed with Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell and Helen Mirren. Interesting choices but the movie some how pulled it off. Helen Mirren showed her acting skills by not playing the usual characters that she does.
The acting itself had its ups and downs. Diesel only has one face and not much acting range but that is a staple in Fast and the Furious movies. The Rock some how fits perfectly into the cast with his muscles and quips. Theron and Russell seemed to be phoning it in a bit and definitely have had better performances.
Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris were honestly the best part of the movie. Gibson and Ludacris had ongoing banter that served as the movie’s main humor. I leave Statham character as a secret but I will tell you there is a scene where he fights henchman while holding a baby.
Honestly any movie where the characters drive really fast on ice while everything explodes is good in my book. Some of the action was a bit ridiculous but you don’t go to a Fast and the Furious movie for realistic action or special effects.
With the “Fate of the Furious” the franchise has taken a really weird direction. It went from a undercover cop trying to stop illegal racing to fighting a drug lord in Mexico to stopping a cyber terrorist from starting a nuclear war. A very interesting turn in a franchise but not completely unwelcomed.
The “Fate of the Furious” was an enjoyable movie while not straining any brain muscles. It was a fun popcorn action movie like it was supposed to be. Nothing about it was life changing and was a casual as the last 6 Fast and Furious movies. I certainly liked “Fate of the Furious” more than the 1st or 5th movie.
The “Fate of the Furious” is a movie to see if you want to see mindless action, fast cars and decent but obscure rap music.