Fast & Furious 8 – The Fate of the Furious

Director – F Gary Gray
Rating – 2.5/5

The latest Fast & Furious welcomes two Oscar-winning actresses: Charlize Theron plays Cipher, the latest villain to torment Dominic Toretto and his crew, while Helen Mirren joins the cast after publicly lobbying for a role to sate her real-life love of racing. Fast 8 also stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham, and Scott Eastwood.

“The Fate of the Furious” begins and ends with adrenaline-spiking scenes — a drag race through Havana, an airplane brawl — that reminds you why this gear head franchise is still purring along. As for the two hours in between . . . not so much.

Dominic Toretto meets a mysterious cyber terrorist called Cypher, who, and there’s no better way to put this, hacks into his brain, and forces him to turn his back on the only code he lives by – family.

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The gang brings a fleet of hot rods to New York and smashes things up there in pursuit of Cipher’s fleet of hacked “zombie” cars, then flies their entire fleet over to Russia to race around at an ice-encrusted military base. And here debuts the nuclear submarine. Cars aren’t enough for this franchise anymore.

But even if we were to put all the eccentricities of the plot aside for a moment, because being a fan of this franchise, someone who has been there right from the beginning, I realize that what really draws us to these movies is the action. It used to be the characters too, once upon a time, but now, sadly, it’s just the action.

For a franchise whose sole purpose of being hinges on the age old mantra ‘go big or go home’, Fast & Furious 8 sure do follow the rulebook. But sadly, the fatigue is setting in. A couple of films ago – even three films ago – you’d never have believed it

Traditional for big-budget films today, the plot leaves room for yet another outing, although at this point one wonders how much gas is left in the tank of this franchise. Overall a good watch for an adrenaline junky. Does it do justice to the franchise? Maybe not

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