Fate of the Furious

F. Gary Grey

Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron, The Rock

It’s all about sequels. The next chapter in the Fast and Furious saga is upon us, and this time, the family goes up against their greatest challenge…one of their own. Dominic Toretto goes rogue.

While celebrating his honeymoon with Letty, Toretto comes across Charlize Theron as a criminal mastermind Cypher, and she convinces him to betray his family and join her crew.
Now the squad, including The Rock’s Hobbs and the villain from the last movie, Jason Statham’s Deckard, must go after Cypher and Toretto as she slowly makes her way up the villian food chain. Car chases and explosions galore.

One of the things that I really liked about the later Fast and Furious movies, is how they incorporated the past movies into the story, and this one is no exception. There’s payoffs to things here that you never realized were set up. The story doesn’t make the most sense, but who cares. There’s enough of a plot to justify prison riots, zombie cars, and Vin Diesel v. Submarine.

At some point you realize that these are live action cartoons, and if you accept that, you will have a great time. Although this plot isn’t as layered as the last two films, it has just enough to satisfy and hopefully make you excited for the next one.

No one does really stand out work here, except for The Rock and especially Jason Statham. They are both in full on action hero mode. They are utilized perfectly. I liked Statham so much, I almost (and I mean almost)  forgive him for what he did to Han in part 6 (or part 3 depending how you look at it).

These movies have become an over the top, soap opera, super hero franchise and they’re actually nailing it. They are really close to the Speed Racer movies I’ve always wanted growing up. Just don’t think too much about while watching, it’s the ultimate silly, popcorn movie.

Grade 3.5 out of 5 stars

-“Marquee Mark” Markellus

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