The Fate of The Furious
It’s hard to believe that a film about racing that began in 2001 is not only still going strong, but we’re now looking at the eighth movie in the franchise with the action film, The Fate of the Furious. This story begins in Cuba where Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon. (I guess they’ve been going out for about 16 years.) Dom meets a woman named Cipher (Charlize Theron) at the track who blackmails him to help her steal two weapons of mass destruction. When Dom disappears for a while, his friends Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) know it isn’t like Dom to just take off so they go after him. Obviously, there is much more to this than car racing. Government agent, Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) – who knows a little more than he lets on – helps an old friend, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and an old enemy Deckard (Jason Statham) break out of jail to assist him in finding Dom. In the meantime, Mr. Nobody’s assistant and new member of the team, Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood) shows up to help the team handle a confrontation with a submarine in Russia. (No, the cars can’t go underwater.), This franchise has really taken off since the fourth film because of the outlandish action scenes. There’s an absurd scene with a car redirecting a heat seeking missile, but even that’s not as ridiculous as some of the one-liners. At one point Vin Diesel says, “It’s not what’s under the hood but who’s behind the wheel.” and within 30 seconds the next scene shows him under the hood of a car adding a bunch of gadgets. The script has the complexity of middle school banter. Of course, no one is watching for the dialogue or even the story, but for the wall to wall action and this film doesn’t disappoint. (Unless you’re a blind movie critic.) I’m giving this fast-paced film a C+ rating.
This movie has been given a PG13 rating by the MPAA