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.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris
Directed by: F. Gary Gary
Written by: Chris Morgan
Topping the opening record and beating the recent Star Wars movie is definitely shocking. Yes, the Fast and the Furious franchise does well in the U.S., but it’s also driven by success overseas. With these kind of numbers, there may never be an end to them. However, did these huge numbers mean that “The Fate of the Furious” is any good?
Well if you have a formula that’s working why change it right? First and foremost, it’s about the cars and the action, and there’s plenty of it. It must be a challenge at this point to find a new way to flip a car, or cause some destruction. The movie starts with the usual race, and this is definitely a fun one. The destruction hits big time with the good use of a wrecking ball. Later, they introduce autonomous cars to make an even bigger mess in a very creative way! To finish it off, they put the cars on ice, and throw in a submarine, which will be hard to beat next time around.
The family is back driving these cars with each having their usual contributions to the group. Hercules, or rather Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is clearly the brawn of the group, as he manhandles everyone in his way. There’s great tension between him and the ninja Deckard (Jason Statham), before and after they take on an entire prison. Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej (Ludacris) continue to provide the humor, and still are waiting for a date with Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel). Not family, but they add a newcomer, Owen (Luke Evans), who quickly becomes a target for many of their jokes. And back only to be a love interest is unfortunately Letty (Michelle Rodriguez).
Of course the leader of this family, Don (Vin Diesel), is the center of the story. Watching trailer after trailer the curiosity really set in. What could motivate him enough to turn his back on family? Without giving it away, lets say it makes plenty of sense, and is a good driver of the story. Cipher (Charlize Theron) turns out to be a pretty good villain, who pushes Dom to the limit.
Maybe not worthy of the record, but “The Fate of the Furious” does enough to make it worth movie goers money. As usually there’s a lot of unrealistic, but really awesome car tricks. The family is back, some funny and others way over the top. Turning Dom against the family becomes a very good way to go with the story. It sets up some interesting twists and turns all leading to another crazy finish. With that, I give it 3 stars, and look forward to more car chases in the future!