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Fast & Furious 8 - The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

Fast & Furious 8 - The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

They're back! And with a vengeance, as always. There's cars. There's gunfire. There's explosions. There's not as much focus on beautiful babes as in the prequels (only in the intro), which I didn't think about until now that I write this review, but that seems like a sensible change.

Though it ties close to family - more so than it has in a few movies now, the action is still as crazy as ever. The comedy bit felt a bit superficial at first, but in the end I'm laughing my ass off. Each person on the team have their own, special, spectacular, distinct personality, and they combine well; often in comical ways - though of course Rome manages most of the comedy. It's just a shame Brian's no longer the one with witty counters. He played that part perfectly.

As for the action: I probably should've gotten used to it by now, but it still feels a bit unreal seeing them rush into military grounds like they do, and take on fully-armed elite troops (err separatists) with really no prior training - especially Ludacris, who just does not feel like the action type of guy - he's looking more and more out of place for each one of these, but the cars: that's where they all feel at home, and the car chases in this movie are on a whole new level! The robot army in particular. Intense.

How many vehicles did they wreck during the making of this film?! I'm sure there's some special effects mixed in, but a lot of it looks pretty authentic. No doubt plenty of those cars really were totaled.

Statham gets to shine too, in a way filling up Brian's space, and his and The Rock's combined prison escape was a bad-ass rampage.

There's a lot of bad-assery overall, mildly annoying dubstep music or no, but the explosions are the big thing. The sub! The city chase! It's getting larger than life with each sequel, but I like it. It's over-the-top action as it's meant to be, glorified, authentic-looking even though it's far from authentic, with plenty of comedy, and yet they manage to pack in some seriously serious overtones sometimes. And the end: it's a great ending. Not as great as the last one, but it plays on the same feelings. It feels... familiar. Family-ar, you know?

Overall it's another great Fast & Furious movie - at least third-best of the ones after the original trilogy, and I'm already looking forward to the next one.

I almost stayed till the end of the credits hoping for a glimpse of the next movie btw, but they seemed to roll on forever, and when everybody else had left the room I started feeling a pull towards the exit too.

Reading up online afterwards it seems there was nothing after, so I'm happy I didn't wait all the way, and happy they've cut out that habit too. A movie's not supposed to be a series, it's supposed to be like this, and it feels like they're back with a good groove with this one. Fourth Fast & Furious movie I've seen on the big screen, and it was definitely worth it. Fourth and sixth were so so, but the fifth, seventh and this one: pure awesome, and even without a post-credit glimpse I think I know where they'll be going with the next one.

Charlize Theron was maybe the best villain yet, and Scott Eastwood seems like a good addition too. Hyped for the ninth.

 rated 4/5: fo shizzle

December, 2022

Fast & Furious 8 - The Fate Of The Furious (2017)

'The Fate Of The Furious' because it came after Paul was gone hmm, and nobody really knew what would happen with the franchise then?

It feels like a suitable title! I like the name, and I like the movie, though indeed sometimes you feel like they're still a little lost without Brian. Letty has two lines - one in regard to Brian - and one in the car chasing the sub, that just didn't seem in character either. Of course she's fighting her demons too with this one, chasing Dom, who in a sense has also lost his way, but still. Those two lines could've been better delivered. Or scripted.

Feels like certain characters shift and slip up too quick too, and though I do like Scott Eastwood I'm not sure he's the right addition, he feels like unnecessary comic relief. We're already laughing at (and with!) Roman. He's the shining light in that department.

As for the good things I really like the new villain. She's believable, and ruthless, and reminds me a bit of Angelina Jolie in Wanted. Bad-ass.

I also really like the CGI - you can barely tell what's fake or not, and the remote-controlled vehicle death race... woah! Brutal. As are the explosions on ice. Creative action with plenty an explosive contraption, and I love it!

Overall it feels more polished than the last, if that's possible. And it's a blast. Even though things might've been better in a past, and it feels almost like they were trying to replace the hole left after Brian with Steve... he's a cop too, in a way. Who starts naive, but gets the ropes and eventually figures out it's all about family too. Kind of. Doesn't feel like he's quite there yet. Not quite the same after all...

Great movie. But not perfect. Feels like a bit of a side-step from the Fast & Furious comradery we know and love too - though of course that's a part of the twist.

 rated 4.5/5: almost awesome


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