Movie Review: The Fate of the Furious
The Fast and Furious franchise is probably the craziest most over the top franchise in Hollywood right now, and I love everything about it, the franchise basically went from street racing to saving the world. This time around, Dom is going rogue and the gang has to stop him and a high tech terrorist played by Charlize Theron.
Charlize's character is a damn menace and by some of the shit that happens whenever she's on screen, you'll really hate her. The best part about the Fast franchise now is the action sequences, and I'll say it again, F. Gary Gray directed the shit outta this movie! If you thought Fast couldn't get any more over-the-top then you thought wrong; there's a scene where the crew is in New York and it's raining cars, the arctic snow scene, which was filmed in Iceland, was incredible. The scene filmed in Iceland kind of reminded me of Mad Max Fury Road, except in a snowy environment. I always wanted to see someone use snow in a big action scene, and this one nails it; from missiles launching in the air, a submarine, to The Rock sliding a torpedo to another car, yes it gets crazy!
Fast 8 is one of those movies that will have you screaming "oh shit" during some scenes whether it's the action, or returning characters. I hardly yell out loud in the movie theater but when I saw a couple of characters from previous Fast films return? All my composure went out the window. The way this movie progressed, there is no question it sets up Fast 9 & 10 to be bigger and the "family" that Dom always preaches about will also expand. The family theme is most important out of any of the other Fast films and you'll see why, it's pretty crazy but now understandable.
I loved Fast 8 and I think it's already up there with Fast 5; I will be seeing this movie a couple more times. There's only some minor issues I had with F8; it's nothing serious but Dom has been damn near INVINCIBVLE since he returned to the franchise, he could take on the Rock's character (Luke Hobbs) and now shield himself in the middle of 6 cars in a fire, it's time for him to meet his match before this series ends; he’s basically the damn Incredible hulk now.
Everybody from Ludacris, Tyrese, Michelle Rodriguez and others from the crew returns and their chemistry hasn't left yet, Jason Statham had a very cool highlight towards the end of the film, he went back to his Transporter shit and it was great to see Gary Gray bring that out of him.
Fate of the Furious is great and I can't wait to see what is next for 9 and 10, of course Paul Walker is missing from this and it's great how they reference him while keeping the film going. I don't know who's next to direct the next installments but if they do bring Gary Gray back I wouldn't mind it at all, they should even give Michael Bay a call, also what is next direction for the franchise? Could it really be space, I don't know how it would play out but they have to do it somehow. When I watch these movies I'm here for the action and I really don't care for the story, but it draws you in somehow with the whole "family" tone and the villains they go up against. Fate of The Furious is getting a 9/10 from me, I don't care, I already love this film for what it brought to the table and I can’t wait for what's in store for this new and last trilogy, even the spin-offs that they have planned.