The Fate of the Furious
Director: F. Gary Gray
Writer: Gary Scott Thompson, Chris Morgan
Sequel to: The Fast and the Furious, 2 Fast 2 Furious, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6, Furious 7
Cast: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Luke Evans, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood
Seen on: 19.4.2017
Things should be calm around the Family. Dom (Vin Diesel) and Lettie (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon, everybody else has been cleared of all criminal charges and normality is just around the corner. That’s when Dom is contacted by Cipher (Charlize Theron). And she knows everything about him and his past and she’s not afraid to use it to force Dom back into a life of crime. The rest of the Family can’t understand is betrayal and the rift that runs through the group forces them to forge new and unexpected alliances.
The Fate of the Furious is not the strongest film of the series, but it’s by far not the weakest. I had fun watching it, despite a couple of lengths that managed to steal into the film here and there.
The film pushes Dom to the edge of the franchise (as much as you can push the main character out of the way anyway) and focuses a lot on Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Deckard (Jason Statham). And as much as I like both Johnson and Statham, Fast and Furious without Diesel is just not right. It will remain to be seen what that means for the spin off of the two that is coming.
In any case, in this film it seemed a little odd, but it still works. And it certainly didn’t bother me as much as the editing that just wasn’t on the usual level, especially during the fight scenes. Which is always particularly disappointing when Statham is involved, because damn, that dude can move. The film also had a couple of lengths and should have been edited down a little more.
Be that as it may, though, I still enjoyed it. As usual, it’s quite a headtrip to enter the world of the Family and their severe honor codex that is about as complex as I imagine renaissance court protocols to be. Also as usual it’s a wonderful thing to watch an action movie that really doesn’t care much about white dudes (very unlike renaissance court protocols). Although they upped the quota in this one and I hope that they don’t stick with that trend. Thirdly as usual, you have to ignore the blatant sexism that is deeply entrenched in the film(s). But by now, I think that goes almost without saying.
Even if it didn’t make it to the top of the list of entries in the franchise, it is a good addition and I will be there for the next one.
Summarizing: Could have been better but was still a whole lot of fun.