The Fate Of The Furious
How did we get here? 16 years ago did anyone ever think that a remake of the Keanu Reeves classic Point Break would eventually give us 7 sequels, and get to the point where we are racing on ice in Russia to get away from a submarine? I sure didn’t, I thought we had a great street racing movie on our hands. Then after Tokyo Drift I figured we were done. Luckily, The Rock brought us back to life with Fast 5, and never looked back, because now he is moving torpedoes with his bare hands. Perhaps it is fate, Fate Of The Furious.
So Fate Of The Furious is the 7th installment in this ongoing spiraling out of control world that has grown from a street racing bromance between the late Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor and Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. The film brings back franchise regulars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, and Ludacris, along with recent newcomers Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, and Jason Statham. Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren make their Fast debuts this go around alongside their new director to take the helm, Straight Outta Compton’s F. Gary Gray.
The story opens up in Cuba where Dom (Diesel) and Letty (Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon. In perfect street hero fashion, Dom puts himself in a race in the slowest car on the island, against the fastest car on the island, to prove that it’s not the car, it’s the driver. From here we are introduced to Cipher (Theron ), a cyber terrorist that has something on Dom that will make him turn on his family. When the crew proves that need help in getting to Dom and stopping Ciphers plot to dominate the world, they turn to an enemy they never thought they’d have to see again, Deckard Shaw (Statham).The crew must figure out if they can save Dom and the world, or is he too far gone.
Like a said, a lot has changed from street racers stealing DVD players. The Fate Of The Furious is not the best film, let alone, the best of franchise, but there is definitely fun to be had in this film. While F. Gary Gray doesn’t shoot the action perfectly, the action sequences are awesome! The scenes they set up, while over the top have you cheering out loud all film long. They are insanely over done, and not plausible in any way shape or form, but they are an absolute thrill ride. From self-driving cars, to submarines, it’s a lot of fun
Its charm is in the character interactions. The franchise has not only been built on fast cars and crazy action, the core of the story has always been the family. The cast works so well with each other that you can’t help but love them, and want to be a part of this family. The chemistry that these actors have developed over the last few films is incredible and top notch when put against any other on screen chemistries.
The cast is truly what makes these films great. Michelle Rodriguez has truly brought this character full circle. The rough and gruff Letty we met in 2001’s The Fast And Furious has been developed so well over the years, that you truly cannot separate Rodriguez from this character. The love between Letty and Dom is felt due to the chemistry she has with Diesel. Diesel has pretty much brought this character into his own persona and let it take him over. You can’t really see Vin without seeing Dom.
But the breakouts this go around go to Tyrese, Statham, and of course, franchise Viagra, The Rock. Tyrese really turns Roman Pierce up to an 11 this go around. His one liners and back and forth with nearly every other character are genuinely hilarious. Even when he just reacting in the back ground of a scene he is stealing the scene. The Rock and Statham are meant to work together. These two having a battle of wits throughout this film is something you will leave the theater and never forget. The action they both pull of is awesome. I got the sense that the script said “Dwayne Johnson be The Rock, and Jason Statham Reacts” and it is pure comedic gold.
All that said, the fun, the chemistry, that’s all well and good, however, the film, as a film, is not that good. While yes you are constantly laughing throughout the film, however, sometime you are laughing at its absurdness. The dialog other that isn’t cheesy one-liners is horrendous. There is a lot of exposition to move the plot along and tell you the audience why what’s going on are happening, but it still doesn’t make it clear exactly why certain characters do certain actions. The motives are never clearly formed. Charlize Theron's Cipher is a one note mustache twirling villain, who Theron pretty much sleep walks her way through the film.
The story is pretty weak too. If it wasn’t for the fun over the top action and one liner, this movie would be dead in the water. And while the action sequences are extravagant and over the top, it doesn’t always distract you from the fact that the action is not shot well. Yes the sets are well done, and amazing, the execution of the action is weak. Not complete shaky cam, but almost Transformers like in that you can get lost in the filming of the action sequences.
One of my fears going into The Fate Of The Furious was handled pretty well however. I worried how this franchise would continue without Paul Walker. Could they bounce back, and would it feel like they were missing something without him. How would handle the character not being there? Well my fears were laid to rest as they did a fine job without Brain in the mix. They don’t ignore him, yet don’t focus on the fact that he isn’t there.
All and all, if you are looking for a good story, well developed characters, and well shot action film, this is not for you. If you can shut it down, laugh at it, and be overwhelmed by complete over the top action that is completely unbelievable, then you will have fun here. Do your best to catch all the one-liners, sometimes I was laughing from one that I missed others! Either way, sound off in the comments below; are you excited to see The Fate Of The Furious? What was your favorite installment in franchise?
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What you want out of a Fast and Furious film is really going to factor in to whether or not you like this installment. While the first installment kept it grounded and focused on the characters, the 2nd started to spiral out of control. Fast 5 came in and gave us more of a story while continuing to develop characters, and start to take the action up a notch. This film focuses mostly on the over the top action, and chemistry of the cast. There is nothing in character development; the story is insanely lacking, and unbelievable. However, the action is fun, and the one-liners are top of the line. There is fun to be had in The Fate Of The Furious; you just have to want to find it.