After the death of Paul Walker, “The Fate of the Furious” was left looming about where the series would go. Consistently successful films, resilience, and determination of the cast and crew played a hand in solidifying one of the strongest and most lucrative franchises of Universal Pictures and in the history of cinema. “The Fate of the Furious” AKA “F8” is an action film that was written by Chris Morgan, directed by F. Gary Gray, and produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell.
The F8 story begins with Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) on a honeymoon vacation, while visiting a cousin in Cuba. Dom loves family above all else; coming in at a close second is his addiction to fast cars, machines, and adrenaline rush. Dom and Letty wonder if they should have children or if they want to. Because of their dangerous lifestyle will children ever be in their future?
A strange woman called Cipher (Charlize Theron) appears in Cuba and predicts an alternate future for Dominic Torreto. Cipher coerces Dom into betraying his teammates, stealing high-tech gadgets and military weaponry. She is calculated, cold, and a computer hack genius. Working with Dom on an unsuccessful operation and failing to acquire the (EMP) ElectroMagenticPulse puts his old faithful team at risk by becoming Interpol’s top 10 most wanted list in the world.
After the operation gone bad, Dom goes “rogue” proving to them that he has joined forces with Cipher. The team is summoned by FBI Agent Frank Petty (Kurt Russell) to work together for the capture of Dom, the best way they know how. It takes all of them to find Dom Toretto and take him down. A secret of his past, binds Dom to Cipher. Every step of the way, Cipher manipulates Dom and threatens to destroy his family if he won’t comply. She holds him accountable for his actions, commanding him to be at her every whim and beckon call.
Cipher has decided to manipulate Dom into a plot for world domination, which includes revenge for destroying and dismantling her previous two professional teams. Frank Petty forms a plan by bringing in Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) into the mission. This could prove to be a bit tricky and volatile for Dom’s old crew, however, the team has no choice.
Relationships are tested when Leti undergoes this trial as she holds on to everything that she and Dom have built together.
I found this film attempting to delve deeper into the relationships of characters, but just scratching the surface because of time. I saw more of Hobbs’ (Dwayne Johnson) character wanting to be a father who is more present in his daughters life; performing the traditional Polynesian Haka dance before a competing against a rival team in a soccer game; as well as Dom and Letty wanting to settle down and having a stable family of their own. Other memorable interactions include humorous squabbles, between Tej (Chris Bridges) and Roman (Tyrese Gibson), fighting over who will win over Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel).
The performances were believable, but I often find it hard to go in too deep when there are as many characters as these. Each character had their own quips and bonds with relationships. Even Cipher was angry with the destruction and failure of her own criminal teams and having a strange obsession with Dom.
Overall, I found playful banter is interjected cleverly into the scenes to offset the seriousness of the situation. There are fast cars, guns, bombs, tanks, satellites, trackers, and even submarines. This movie has great pacing and although there are many clichés in the film it; works for me as far as entertainment value is concerned. It gets the job done. There are great fight scenes with more action with bigger stakes and explosions. It’s a faster-paced, bone cracking, earth shattering, ice-breaking, joy-riding festival of a film. Filming took place in Mývatn (Iceland), Havana (Cuba), Atlanta (US), Cleveland (US), and New York City (US).
I give this film 3 out of 5 stars.
Stars listed in the film: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Kurt Russell, Jason Statham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren, Elsa Pataki, Luke Evans, and Kristofer Hivju