February 20, 2020

The Fate of the Furious Movie Review

Fast And Furious. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

by Langdon Kessner ‘17

Arts and Life Editor

What is there to say, really? This the eighth film in this franchise. Eighth. They made eight films from what originally began as a street racing B-movie. In the last movie, Furious 7 (2015), the film depicted a car driving off of a skyscraper and into another one. In The Fate of the Furious (2017), cars can take down a submarine .Two more sequels are already planned, but what else is there to do? All that’s left is outer space and time travel.

Then again, there is no point complaining either. People know what they are getting into when they purchase a ticket. In other words, the audience is established after eight films. No one walks into these movies expecting a smart plot, decent acting or any sort respect for the laws of physics.  

The plot revolves around Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) being swayed by a mysterious hacker  (Charlize Theron) and, therefore betraying his team. I could go further, but why bother? The story doesn’t make any sense, and not many people who see this movie care about it either. Why have story structure or character development when cars are falling off the buildings of New York City?

That being said, I did enjoy the movie overall. It has all the ridiculously over-the-top stunts necessary for this sort of film. One of the high points of this franchise has always been the cast, and they’re quite good here too. Vin Diesel is, well, Vin Diesel, so make of that what you will. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have great chemistry together and a very fun prison break sequence. The rest of the cast, such as Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, do an admirable job of hitting their marks too, showcasing a nice rapport.

As the villain, Charlize Theron is in a rather thankless role. All she really does is stand behind a computer that can only work for so long. The same applies to Kurt Russell, who reprises his role as a government agent from Furious 7 (2015). Why they hire these immensely talented actors and give all their good bits to Vin Diesel is beyond me.  The movie makes a fun time and satisfies the craving for big action spectacles. For that, an achievement not many movies can claim, I tip my hat.

Let’s return to the main problem about the movie: it is just unnecessary–entertaining, sure, but unnecessary. What did I get out of this film that I didn’t get in Furious 7 (2015)?  Or Fast and Furious 6 (2013)?  Or Fast Five (2011)? The latest installment doesn’t really bring anything new to the table. The whole movie trudges along with a feeling of “Been there, done that.”

1 Comment on The Fate of the Furious Movie Review

  1. “The Fate of the Furious” is still a stylish movie about cars (as well as tanks, rockets and submarines) with some exorbitant level of action. The franchise copes with its main task and will continue to cope for a long time – such a movie entertains, gives you a rest, you can watch it with friends. “The Fate of the Furious” surpasses its predecessors in its cast and visualization, but inferior by it’s scenario. Someone even pleases such a development, but someone leaves the cinema. Therefore, before going to the cinema, you need to understand where you are going: the absolutely crazy and comedy action movie about the family. It’s only my opinion. And thanks for your review, it was interesting to read it!

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