Review: The Fate of the Furious
What a ride!
The Fate of the Furious takes the viewer for the ride right alongside them. In the eighth installment of the franchise, the team have to fight against the one person they never thought they would fight against: Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel).
Before seeing the film I was skeptical about this plot development, but as the story unfolds, it starts to make sense. The reasons why Dom turns against his team are not that crazy. Vin Diesel delivers a good performance with this different storyline for his character.
Throughout the whole film, Dom struggles with his choice of betraying his team whilst working for the cyber terrorist, Cipher (Charlize Theron).
The major theme of the franchise – family – is very much present in this film. It is starting to become a very cheesy aspect of the franchise.
My favourite scene in the film is when they are in New York. Cipher and her team hack into over one thousand cars through their navigation systems and drive them to a location in the city. These are great visuals, showing the chaos of all these cars speeding across such a busy city.
Other terrific action sequences in the film include the car race in Havana, Cuba (One of the first Hollywood big-budget film to shoot in Cuba since restrictions were eased), the fight in prison between Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), and the final action sequence set in Russia in the snow where a submarine joins in the car chase.
The film is able to work well without Paul Walker appearing, due to his unfortunate death in 2014. It highlights the different characters, such as Dom Toretto, Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), and Deckard Shaw.
There are some very cheesy moments and dialogue throughout The Fate of the Furious. For example, in a scene where it’s shown Luke Hobbs is the coach of his daughter’s soccer team, the soccer team and Hobbs perform the haka against the competing team. This seemed a bit unnecessary and irrelevant to the overall plot. However, it did showcase the major theme of family.
Another thing that was cheesy is during the action sequences different characters say quirky one-liners. Some are funny, but others are just cringeworthy.
It will be interesting where they can take this franchise next, as there is no sign of it slowing down. The franchise started off about a group of drag racers and now it’s about a group fighting terrorists. People have jokingly suggested that the franchise will go to space, which I wouldn’t be surprised about. However, I hope that the script for the next movie will be an improvement from to this film.
Overall, I thought it was a good popcorn movie. People don’t go to see these movies for the character development or the dialogue. They go see it to see the fast cars. I liked this film better than Fast & Furious 7, because the action sequences in The Fate of the Furious were better and it was not as cheesy.
I give The Fate of the Furious 3 and a 1/2 stars out of 5.
By Ryan Towler