The Fast and Furious franchise is one of those cinematic treats that I never thought would produce 8 films in the span of 16 years and become Universal Studio’s biggest cinematic franchise. After a very emotional 7th film, I thought that the franchise would step back a little to grieve on the very tragic loss of Paul Walker both on-screen and behind the cameras. I was wrong. In 2015, the eighth film was announced and later title “The Fate of the Furious”. The trailers teased more absurd action sequences known in the Fast and Furious franchise. Let’s face it, these scenes were never realistic in any sense but people tend to enjoy watching them on the big screen. This movie even broke the record as the highest-grossing opening of all time. This movie raised the gear up even higher.
The movie is marketed with the premise of Vin Diesel’s character, Dom, going rogue against his family. At first, it was an intriguing plot but at the same time, I was worried that it might repeat what it once did with Dom’s wife, Letty, where she was brainwashed in Furious 6. This premise is what made the audience hyped for the film because this violated Dom’s “familia” concept that he wouldn’t shut up about throughout the franchise. Did it work in the movie? I would have to say yes to that. It worked logically in the film that it didn’t really violate his principle at all, instead, strengthens the line of characters’ drive in the franchise. I have to remark that it’s an excellent script writing there. So that’s a thumb up for the plot.
Along the multitude of commercial race cars, the franchise has also increased its ensemble cast. This installment added Charlize Theron as the main antagonist, Scott Eastwood as Kurt Russel’s protégé, and Helen Mirren as the Shaw’s mother. Everybody is working in the movie. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham’s stole every scene they are in. Their chemistry as rivals forced to work together is one of the most entertaining parts of the film. I have a little bit of issue with Statham’s Deckard Shaw in terms of his relation to the protagonists in the film. Yes, it’s great to see that they became allies in this movie but if thought through, it’s very awkward to be in good terms with the brothers who murdered two of your crew in the past. It doesn’t make any sense. I may not have felt this while in the movie because their dynamic is actually working. Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris’s characters keep their place in giving the quips and wits in the movie.
Eight movies might be a stretch but not for this franchise.
I seriously want more as long as the quality keep improving in the Fast and Furious criteria.
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