The Fate of the Furious Review: A Fun Pile of Garbage.
In the eight, yes eight movie in the Fast franchise, The Fate of the Furious, the word “family” continues to be the anchor that holds this “story” together. In fact, the word “family” is said fifteen times throughout the film. I mean, if that’s not shoving a message down your through, I don’t know what is. However, no one sees these movies for the intricate thematic elements, do they? They want to see fast cars, ridiculous action, and Vin Diesel scowling, and boy does he scowl.
Now that Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape, and betray those closest to him (family). From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains of the Northern Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage.
Now that we’ve gotten that plot line in a franchise that was originally about street racing out of the way, let’s talk The Fate of the Furious, shall we?
As far as popcorn fun and silly action movies go, Fate of the Furious gets a 10/10. Seriously, when the action hits, I was having a total blast. A prison sequence with Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard (Jason Statham) in particular that had me both applauding and laughing so hard simultaneously, that the people at my screening probably hated my obnoxiousness. The one-liners, the self-aware tongue-and-cheek sense of humor and overall insane action set pieces gave me exactly what I wanted from this film.
To be honest, Johnson and Statham nearly stole the movie. The chemistry between the two is in a category of itself. It’s apparent that the two actors were having a blast on set, which transcends on the big screen, as well as a great source of comedy that much appreciated (Considering the majority of the franchises “comedy” came from Tyrese Gibson yelling).
Vin Diesel and company have the Fast formula down to a science. Have an insane, unrealistic plot, and have the heroes of the story be a bunch of guys who can drive cars and beat people up really good. Yeah, they have a few tech-savvy members of the team, but they are simply exposition characters attempting to decipher the convolution plot to the audience.
Charlize Theron is a welcomed addition to the franchise, with her villainous Cipher. Theron pulled off a character that was too good for the movie in question. Her delivery was strong, with a presence on screen that would put most Marvel movie villains to shame. The best thing about Cipher is that you never knew what she was going to do next. She’s a loose cannon with unrealistic capabilities that injected something that I never found in a Fast movie, drama.
At this point, The Fast and the Furious movies are essentially superhero movies with cars. Even the drag racing sequence before the main title card is utter insanity. Vin Diesel wins a drag race with the slowest car on the island of Cuba, in reverse while the car is on fire.
That’s the most realistic aspect of this film. I know, I know, the logic went out the window about five movies ago. Diesel knows his audience, know what they want and expect from the Fast films. The Fate of the Furious takes the logic and throws it out the window and launches it into space (figuratively). Cars get hacked around New York City for Dom to steal some nuclear codes. These hacked auto pilot cars crash into an unexpected pedestrian. If that isn’t enough, Cipher also hacks into a seven-story high parking garage, in which dozens of cars fall out of the sky into the Manhattan streets. Is any of these actions addressed again?
For me, I find the humor of those over-the-top scenes in the moment while watching the film. I was laughing my heart out, hell, I even clapped a few times. However, once leaving the theater I realized just how much of the film I couldn’t remember for the life of me. The action is fun in the moment, and a theater full of people helps the experience a lot. If I watched The Fate of the Furious at home, it wouldn’t hold up the slightest bit.
Scenes between Johnson and Statham are the glue that holds this film together, and for what it’s worth, Vin Diesel is trying his best at the more emotionally scenes. But, as fun as The Fate of the Furious is at the moment, it’s a big pile of garbage. It’s polished garbage, ridiculous garbage, and garbage that I will never watch again. If you are a fan of this franchise, you’ll get your money’s worth. For me, I’ll just say “meh.”
Thr Fate of the Furious opens on April 14th, 2017.