The Fate of the Furious

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The Fate of the Furious opens a new chapter in the franchise, fueled by the same infectious cast chemistry and over-the-top action fans have come to expect.



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The latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise welcomes two Oscar-winning actresses: Charlize Theron plays Cipher, the latest villain to torment Dominic Toretto and his crew, while Helen Mirren joins the cast after publicly lobbying for a role to sate her real-life love of racing. Fast 8 also stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Jordana Brewster, Kurt Russell, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham, and Scott Eastwood. Directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton).


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  • Like a good car the series needs all of its parts to work. And also like a car, if you keep adding more parts, it only works better. (I know nothing about cars.)

    Jul 31, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Just when the Fast-and-the-Furious-on-Ice finale threatens to drag on past the point of action-setpiece endurance, director F. Gary Gray has the grace to send a supercar from heaven as an actual answer to prayer.

    Apr 14, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The Fate of the Furious offers everything you might want from the series, but those offerings are beginning to look ever so slightly stale.

    Apr 14, 2017 | Full Review…
  • Oh what a cheery, trashy car crash of a movie we have in Fast & Furious 8, which does, once again, exactly what it says in the instruction manual in the glove compartment.

    Apr 14, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

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  • In the words of Kurt Russell's FBI maverick, Mr Nobody: "Rule number one. Know your audience." The powers-that-be certainly know us.

    Apr 14, 2017 | Full Review…
  • You know what you're getting before you go, and you get it.

    Apr 13, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Fate of the Furious

  • Aug 05, 2019
    The latest installment is the first without Paul Walker and it tries a new direction which is fresh but muddled and mainly because Charlize Theron is a horrible villain. Great stunts and some good scenes but this franchise is getting old. 08-02-2019
    Christopher O Super Reviewer
  • Jun 29, 2018
    Feted for its Furiously over-the-top set pieces and acting, the latest installment in the Fast & Furious franchise vrooms further away from street-level action and someway somehow finds decent traction as a globe-spanning spy adventure. In this PG-13-rated actioner, a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom (Vin Diesel) into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, causing his crew (Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludicris, et al) to face trials that will test them as never before. Thankfully, this gleefully overblown sequel begins with a street race to keep a few tires grounded in the genre from which it came--crime-thriller. Granted, the street race takes place in Havana and the scene is shot in a style reminiscent of a '90s music video but it's a street race for pink slips all the same. Originally played out as Point Break with cars, the series has slowly elevated itself to ridiculous heights of blockbusting, trading in hot-rods for tanks and handguns for WMDs...and yet, it's often quite entertaining. Like the Marvel Universe, Fast & Furious keeps stacking the deck with bigger personalities, improbably proving that when you throw everything at a franchise to see what sticks, sometimes everything sticks. Oh, there are plenty of eye-rolls to be had at the expense of the Pierce Brosnan-era Bond-worthy plot and the arch heaviness with which the characters deliver their lines (Hobbs: "You're gonna close your eyes on World War III or you're gonna saddle up and save the entire damn world."), but every extravagant moment is purposeful and calculated (and honestly, in keeping with the 007 comparison, the only place to take the series from here is to a Moonraker level). Plus, it's hard to pay too close of an attention to Fast & Furious dialogue with all of the excitement popping on-screen. Besides, being too observant of this script might cause nausea. All involved know exactly what's going on here. With Theron and Helen Mirren newly installed in the series to winning effect (joining Kurt Russell who's a holdover from the last go-round), there's no telling who might get slotted in next. The fact that the producers are spawning Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) off into their own series, however, hints that there might be oversized vacancies left soon to fill. Who would've thought that director F. Gary Gray's music video for Dr. Dre and Tupac Shakur's "California" would someday NOT be the most insanely plotted narrative on his CV? He keeps the action moving at a steady clip. The only major slip-up comes courtesy of the length. Actioners work best if they're under two hours. Hey, audiences can only take so much mind-numbing extravagance! To Sum It All Up: Grand Toretto
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2017
    Wow so here we are huh, the eight movie in the franchise, this thing just keeps on goin' doesn't it. Obviously by now the entire population of this little blue planet knows how this shitshow works, its not to be taken all. Yet despite that clear cut fact I cannot help but tear the opening sequence of this movie apart, and here we go. It begins in Havana, Cuba where Toretto and Letty are having their honeymoon. Conveniently Toretto's cousin is also in Cuba and is having some debt issues with some local petrolhead. Luckily this all takes place at an auto show (randomly in the middle of the city) which is filled with hot women that are basically half naked (won't someone think of the children?). The perfect scenario for Toretto to show his stuff...aww yeah. So Toretto challenges this young guy with a super modified car to a race to get his cousin outta trouble. Unfortunately Toretto only has his cousins broken down wreck of a car to use. No worries, Dom fixes it up within five minutes (mainly using 'Cuban NOS'? Any different to regular NOS?) and its ready to roll. What follows is essentially the backbone of the franchise, how it all started, a gritty illegal street race. They throw this in at the start just to remind you of the franchises roots before it goes all [i]xXx[/i] and [i]Mission: Impossible[/i] on you. Yeah so they have this illegal street race through Havana. All the traffic is stopped merely by two motorbike riders who follow the race and block junctions. Miraculously there are no accidents with other traffic users and absolutely no police presence anywhere. The two cars tear up the city streets with Toretto eventually winning the race in a shit heap that is actually on fire. But no worries because xXx manages to dive out of the car (at top speed) just before it hits a concrete barrier, flies into the air, explodes and lands in the sea. Naturally good old Dom sustains no injuries whatsoever. As said, this is what we're dealing with now with this franchise, complete disregard for anything actually based within the realms of reality (although this isn't the first time, but its gotten way worse). It also makes it very hard to review such a movie because we all know this. We all know its not supposed to be a serious movie, we all know its throwaway popcorn trash that exists purely to provide Bay-esque visuals. So of course on that front the movie succeeds in every aspect, it does exactly what it says on the tin. The flip side is how far can this be pushed before it just becomes fucking ridiculous. The answer to that is of course about four movies ago. Essentially this movie is now practically a superhero flick. All the characters are pretty much invincible and I doubt any will ever be killed off. Hell, if Paul Walker hadn't actually died in real life then I'm sure his character would still be alive and well with the others. But this is a major problem with the franchise (alongside so many other problems). You just don't care about the characters because you know they're invincible. There's no way any of the main protagonists will die, no flippin' way. Even when one does get killed in this movie they end up coming back. All this does is equal zero tension, zero thrills and zero risk. Fuck me even the villain is too big to get killed off it seems, future sequels are gonna have impossibly large casts. And what is the antagonists goal here exactly? The big bad villain (female of course, Charlize Theron) wants to start off a world war I believe it was, why? And in order to do this she needed Toretto's help to get some vital bits and pieces in order to activate a nuclear sub and start a nuclear war. She couldn't do this herself with her henchmen? And in order to keep Toretto under control she kidnaps one of his ex-girlfriends who is pregnant with his child that he knows nothing about. Convenience much??!! I guess you could say she's lucky Toretto is even bothered about this considering its his ex. There is so much stupidity and deus ex machina in this movie its painful, so very painful. The way characters (Toretto) seem to just have secret rendezvous or help outta nowhere, like magic, only to be explained towards the end of the movie. Yeah because that's really clever. There are numerous car chase sequences that are essentially fights with various vehicles, its like watching [i]Transformers[/i]. Each vehicle also seems to represent its driver so Dwayne Johnson naturally drives a huge, hulking 4x4 jeep thing that probably has really shitty fuel economy and moves like a bus. Its also apparent that in these sequences the hero vehicles don't sustain damage...until its clearly unavoidable (because product placement). The same is often seen with weapons, in other words Dwayne Johnson is always seen with a huge shoulder cannon type thing (what's he compensating for?). Then of course you have the finale where they all take on a nuclear submarine and we see a sequence which is pretty much straight outta the school of escaping 'Prometheus' style. Toretto survives a massive blast from a heat-seeking missile striking the sub (as do all their vehicles apparently). Roman is even more of an unfunny idiot but unfortunately doesn't get killed here. Other characters from previous movies such as Tej and Frank Petty merely make up the numbers and continuity. Scott Eastwood is in here for no particular reason, I genuinely don't know why he's there. Statham does the same shit as before and some others pop up blah blah blah, who cares. Oh and Toretto names his son (from the ex) Brian after Walker's character, even though in the movie Brian isn't dead sooo...why? One of the [b]main[/b] problems with this movie (and some others) is the fact that you kinda have to know the previous movies to get everything. Bottom line this is not a good stand alone movie, its not a good movie but even more so because you gotta know the backstories to a degree. Other than that its not much different from the [i]Transformers[/i] franchise for me, just glossy garbage that ticks all the correct boxes. The epitome of modern movies.
    Phil H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 29, 2017
    The Fast and Furious franchise begins a new phase with The Fate of the Furious, an explosive high-adrenaline action film. When an international terrorist blackmails Dom he's forced to turn on his team, leading them to hunt him down as he carries out a series of attacks. Charlize Theron joins the cast, but proves to be a fairly stereotypical and disappointing villain. However, Jason Statham's switch to being on the good guys team works especially well and allows Statham to shine (doing some extraordinary fight scenes). Still, the writing is really bad; full of ridiculous leaps in logic and tired clichés. Yet the car chases are incredibly fun and exciting. The Fate of the Furious is kind of a mess, but it's an entertaining one.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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