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THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS review

Never Turn Your Back on Family

“The Fate of the Furious” is the latest journey with our favorite street racing crew; Dom is on his honeymoon with Letty in Cuba.  Soaking-up the culture, food, and scenery and, of course, the cars.  All seems to be well in his World, until one day he encounters a woman on the street.  She blackmails him into helping her, as she pulls his strings like a puppet.  First he uses his talents to steal an EMP, betraying his family and crew in the process.  In order to stop Dom, Mr. Nobody recruits Deckard Shaw to join the team because they need all of the help they can get.  Soon after assembling their team, Cipher tracks down Mr. Nobody’s secret location and steals God’s Eye (from “Furious 7”).  Using whatever they can to track down Dom, Hobbs and the team must do whatever they can to stop him and Cipher’s plan.  While trying to put together Cipher’s plan, we soon realize just want information she is holding over Dom’s head that would require him to go against everything he loves: his family.

Vin Diesel stars as the leader of the crew whose gone rogue, Dom Toretto.  Jason Statham is back as Deckard Shaw, the villain from “Furious 7”.  Dwayne Johnson returns as Hobbs, the new leader after Dom’s betrayal.  Michelle Rodriguez is back as Dom’s wife, Letty.  Tyrese Gibson is back to offer his comedic timing as Roman.  Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges returns to play the expert mechanic Tej.  Charlize Theron is a welcome addition as Cipher, the ultimate hacker.  Kurt Russell reprises his mysterious role as Mr. Nobody.  Nathalie Emmanuel is back as fellow hacker Ramsey.  Kristofer Hivju plays Cipher’s right-hand-man, Rhodes.  Elsa Pataky returns as Elena.  Scott Eastwood plays Little Nobody, Mr. Nobody’s second-in-command.  Luke Evans has a brief appearance as Luke Shaw.  Helen Mirren too has a brief appearance as well.

“The Fate of the Furious” ups the ante in both terms of action and storytelling, thrilling the audience from start to finish like they’ve come to know and love!  “The Fate of the Furious” marks the first entry since the tragic death of Paul Walker back in 2015.  While his absence is certainly felt, there have been plenty of characters around since it began this “rejuvenation” with “Fast & Furious” that are capable of carrying the load as a collective.  Diesel, in-particular, has his biggest role yet as he takes center stage; going through the biggest character transition of anyone to-date.  However, you also see the roles of Roman, Tej, and Hobbs widely-expanded to make up for the absence of Brian; which each of the actors accepting the challenge and succeeding.  The film also finds a subtle, but strong way to acknowledge Brian and his long-lasting legacy.  As you have come to expect, “The Fate of the Furious” packs an adrenaline-fueled punch.  There are countless sequences featuring driving, racing, car stunts, and mayhem; each one more outrageous than the next (the Submarine?!).  I will say though that some of the visual effects were lacking, particularly the scenes taking-place in New York City.  The franchise has pushed-the-boundaries of believability consistently and “The Fate of the Furious” is no exception.  While the mayhem is fun, the film has a very important storyline: never turn your back on family.  This has never been more appropriate in the franchise and its importance is much greater than you know.  Music has always been next to cars at the heart of the franchise and the Eighth offering (yes that’s right, eighth) has songs from Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, Quavo, Travis Scott, Pitbull, and Kehlani just to name a few.  While it’s not as strong as “Furious 7”’s soundtrack, it still manages to fit the film nicely.  “The Fate of the Furious” ties up a few character arcs while managing to leave mystery to set-up the upcoming ninth and tenth films, but there’s no doubt these characters are here to stay!  The film has a run time of 136 minutes, but it flies-by as it transitions from one sequence to the next.   “The Fate of the Furious” is an excellent formula of storytelling and action sequences that combine to make this entry the best since “Fast Five”!

“The Fate of the Furious”, the eighth entry in the franchise, follows the crew as Dom goes rogue and they must stop him before it’s too late.  The film features plenty of humor, action, car stunts, and the characters you know and love.  If you are a fan of the franchise, go see “The Fate of the Furious”!!  

 4/5

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS is rated PG-13 for prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language, in theaters APRIL 14TH!

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