Directors: F. Gary Gray
Running Time: 136 minutes
Main Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson and Jason Statham
The Fate of the Furious straps you in for 2 hours of explosions and flipping cars, but really it is nothing more then a fun film.
In the eighth edition of the Fast and Furious franchise Dom (Vin Diesel) is convinced by a mysterious figure named Cipher (Charlize Theron) to turn against his team and family and jump into a world of terrorism and hacking. His team must try to stop him and bring him back onto their side, stopping the chaos Cipher is trying to cause.
This story is not however the focal point. What the Fast and Furious franchise is best known for now is its outlandish stunts and explosions, and this is what is on offer throughout The Fate of the Furious. Director F Gary Gray has basically created 2 hours and 10 minutes worth of explosions, fast cars and slow motion stunts. Now don’t get me wrong, some of the stuff looks good but it is rather illogical. Such as a submarine going faster on top of the water than it does underneath it or someone jumping out of a car going at high speed and not injuring themselves. There are lots of other illogical moments in this, but most ruin the plot and cannot be mentioned to avoid having any spoilers, but the idea is simple to show off as much as they can and have that “wow” factor. But never is there any logic in this film, it’s just fun and you throw logic out the window.
The Fate of the Furious does throw away its storyline for the action, but it is strong in terms of its banter. The writing for script overall is weak in terms of its story telling, but it does deliver some wonderfully funny one-liners. Particularly for Roman (Tyrese Gibson), who gets a majority of these humorous one-liners. It helps make the dialogue heavy parts become slightly lighter and easier for the audiences who are there for the constant action and outlandish stunts. Again this film is just about the fun, and less about the other parts integral to make a film click fluently.
Vin Diesel reprises his role as Dom Toretto and is again joined by Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs), Michelle Rodriguez (Letty), Tyrese Gibson (Roman) and Ludacris (Tej). Jason Statham (Deckard Shaw) returns in his badass role, but this time as an ally to the team. All have their moments but all have outlandish moments of stunts that just don’t seem possible. Can’t really pick them out for acting when they don’t really act, they are simply there to be the faces behind the stunts and behind the wheels of the Fast cars. However the inclusion of Charlize Theron as the bad lady is a big win, as she is wonderful as the villain and could have some pretty heavy scenes and showing off her badass hacking skills.
The Fate of The Fate of the Furious according to The Front Row Reviewer is that it is overall just a fun film, nothing stands out in its story, it’s all about the laughter and the action with almost every scene beginning, featuring or ending with explosions. It’s a good fun film, but it’s nothing more than that.
The Front Row Opinion