Dom Betrays His Family In the 8th Chapter of ‘The Fast and The Furious’ Franchise
When it comes to popcorn flicks one franchise stands head and shoulders above the rest. That franchise is The Fast and The Furious. The eighth chapter of the franchise, The Fate of the Furious, raises the stakes and the ridiculousness. Seriously, the most realistic part of this movie is the opening credits.
However, realism isn’t why you go to a Fast and Furious movie. You go for the over the top action and unbelievable stunts featuring souped-up muscle cars. So prepare to shut off the logic section of your brain and try your best to ignore every notion of common sense this film riles up.
The film opens up with a scene that pays tribute to what started this franchise, simple street racing. Vin Diesel’s Dom races through the streets of Havana, Cuba, reminding you that it’s not the car that wins the race, but the driver. The driver and a little help from Nos. Then, Dom’s world turns upside down when Charlize Theron’s Cipher shows up to turn him to the Darkside. Now Dom’s team led by Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs must find a way to stop the unstoppable, Dom himself. The only way they can do that is with the help of their former foe, Deckard, played by Jason Statham.
Deckard and Hobbs
Where this film succeeds, is by making the former murderous and villainous Deckard likable and charming. Mainly, because Statham himself is so likable and charming. The best moments in this film all involve Deckard, and they are especially good when Johnson’s Hobbs is there for the characters to play off each other.
When it comes to the action, the franchise continues to find ways to outdo itself. If hijacking thousands of cars with self-parking computer chips to remote control crash them all over New York City isn’t enough, maybe a climatic car chase featuring a Russian submarine will tickle your fancy. This is the part of the film where I finally understand why they call it The Fate of the Furious and drop the Fast. Submarines can really only go about 50 mph, so the final chase scene moving at a snail’s pace sort of make sense.
If you can ignore the countless plot holes and manage not to roll your eyes at the insanely impossible action sequences, you might just enjoy this film. While those things are expected by a franchise that embraces the plot holes and impossible action as badges of honor, this film really does go overboard with ridiculousness. The Fate of the Furious might sound like a title for a final chapter, but the franchise still has plans for at least two more films. If they continue to break records and rake in piles of money, fans will have plenty of films to enjoy for years to come.
Supchucks’ Official Grade: C
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—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 (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) 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 off the arctic Barents Sea, our 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.
Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, and Scott Eastwood.
Director(s): F. Gary Gary
Writer(s): Chris Morgan
Rating: PG-13 (for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language)
Runtime: 136 minutes
Studio: Universal Pictures