Tuesday, 9 May 2017

The Fate of the Furious

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

The Fate of the Furious is directed by F. Gary Gray, who also directed The Italian Job which also starred Charlize Theron and Jason Statham, and he directed A Man Apart which had Vin Diesel in it. So it's pretty much fate that he would make this film at some point. Since the fifth instalment in the Fast & Furious franchise have been the best bad movies Hollywood has ever produced. Fast 5 is the best of them all. I love this franchise, I know these films are supposed to be completely over the top and that is exactly what I want to see when I walk in a cinema to watch a Fast & Furious movie. Don't go into these films expecting serious entertainment or wonderment of screenwriting, you're in for a huge disappointment.

Firstly, let's talk about Dwayne-The-Rock-Johnson beating the shit out of a bunch of people. There's something really gratifying about a solid hit that breaks bones delivered by Dwayne Johnson. Years ago, he proved us that he is a solid action star that is going to be around for a very long time and he might have already built an Empire for himself at this point. This man is getting better and better at his craft. My favourite part of this movie, by far, is the chemistry between Jason Statham and The Rock. They are mortal enemy that get put in jail together and every single scene with both of them is a blessing. This film made Jason Statham's character likeable and introduce him to the team. Let's not forget the enormously entertaining cameo from Helen Mirren, channelling her inner Godfather as the mother of Statham's Shaw. 

With due respect to the late actor Paul Walker, who is clearly missed by all of his colleagues in real life, it isn't as if his superstar charisma loss is hurting the franchise. But when Dwayne Johnson came on board in the fifth film, things started to feel crowded. Then came Luke Evans, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell and now we have a villain played by Charlize Theron. Somebody get Bruce Willis on and we will have more than a badass movie for Episode 9. Finally, pushing Dom to the bad-guy side for a while briefly solves the Furious saga's biggest storytelling difficulty: convincing the audience that there is actually a universe in which Vin Diesel is more fun to watch than The Rock. Plus, the cyber thriller is an incongruous addition, one that could have lean towards techno-jargon incomprehensibility; but let's be honest, it is a F8 movie, so you don't really have time to question the moments of incongruity.

Overall, The Fate of the Furious is one of the rare cases in which the eighth instalment of a franchise is still entertaining. the action is here, car chases, submarines, long monologue about how important family is. You need it all to make sense. 

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