The Fate of the Furious
You've got until I finish me cuppa tea... and I'm ****ing firsty
Village Jam Factory - Friday 14 April 2017, 11:30am
Running time: 136m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Action violence and coarse language)
Release date: 13/04/17
Rating: 6/10 (ME 3/5, DP 3/5)
When villainous cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron) takes over super surveillance system God's Eye (see previous film), it takes a special team (Vin Diesel*, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson et al) to bring her down. But Cipher has a secret weapon in the form of Dom's baby. Gasp!
It's far from art, but the usual suspects are back for the eighth installment of the franchise in The Fate of the Furious (also known as Fast and Furious 8 and F8). The paper thin plot holds together the action sequences (just) and the script quality isn't high, but it's a big, bold, brassy and unapologetic ride. The performances aren't great and the characters don't have a lot of depth to them, but it doesn't detract too much from the high enjoyment factor this film offers. Helen Mirren (no, really!) appears for only a few moments, but gets the best line of the film.
The film has a great look to it (beyond Charlize's blonde dreads) and there's some real originality to push the envelope of the predictable car chase formula. In many ways The Fate of the Furious is almost a parody of itself, so suspend disbelief and enjoy the ride. It's action on an epic scale that will do very well at the box office.
(* I'd always thought Vin Diesel was a side of beef with some great CGI effects, but apparently he's a real person. Who knew?)