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The Fate of the Furious (2017)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Vin Diesel
as Dominic Toretto
Jason Statham
as Deckard Shaw
Tyrese Gibson
as Roman Pearce
Elsa Pataky
as Elena Neves
Scott Eastwood
as Little Nobody
Kurt Russell
as Mr. Nobody
Lucas Black
as Sean Boswell
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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.

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

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

April 13, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
ReelViews
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If you're not interested in seeing a fleet of cars get chased across a frozen lake by a Russian submarine, that's between you and your maker. As long as you are, [Fate] is a wildly entertaining thrill ride that never lets its foot off the gas.

April 13, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Detroit News
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If the fate of the Furious series is to grow somehow both wearier and dumber with age, then the eighth film is proof of a mission firmly accomplished. And there's no shame, Vin, in hanging it all up after a job well done.

April 13, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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"The Fate of the Furious" begins and ends with adrenaline-spiking scenes - a drag race through Havana, an airplane brawl - that remind you why this gear-head franchise is still purring along. As for the two hours in between . . . not so much.

April 13, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
New York Post
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Audience Reviews for The Fate of the Furious

Despite some plot holes, the Fate of the Furious is able to inject a good amount of fun and excitement towards a franchise already fueled by its over-the-top action sequences and it's cheesy dialogue. The film's star-studded team in front and behind the camera continue to boost this high-octane ride and add more depth into this juggernaut known as the Fast & Furious. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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Isn't it frustrating when film franchises that should have died long ago continue releasing bad movies to keep making money? I'm talking about Michael Bay's Transformers catastrophe, the Ice Age movies, the worn-down James Bond franchise (apologies, but Spectre was not that good), the Pirates of the Caribbean movies... et cetera. Of course, we do have exceptions to this... the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars, Pixar films, and, very surprisingly, The Fast and the Furious franchise. Yes, the new one is good. Really good, actually. The eighth "Fast and Furious" film, cleverly titled The Fate (F8) of the Furious, continues where its predecessor, Furious 7, left off. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are spending time in Cuba enjoying their lives and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is getting his long-deserved father-daughter time back home. Dom encounters a hacker known as Cipher (Charlize Theron) who blackmails him into working for her and betraying his friends and family. So, as one would expect, it is up to Hobbs and the rest of the team, as well as Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), a returning character from Furious 7, to stop the two of them. Sound a little bit over-the-top? Well, it probably is, but it is a premise executed greatly. With this, The Fate of the Furious delivers a lot of the things that fans have come to expect from the franchise as of late. Great cast interactions, funny dialogue, and ridiculously, amazingly over-the-top action. I'll start with the first two: the cast and humor. All of the actors and actresses in the film do a great job: Vin Diesel delivers a better performance than he has in the past films, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham exhibit some of the most lovable and smile-inducing chemistry of the franchise and demonstrate the definition of the word "badass", Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson are great as always, Kurt Russell is back and fantastic, Scott Eastwood is introduced in the film and has great chemistry with everyone.... I could go on. The only issue with the cast perhaps is Nathalie Emmanuel as Ramsey from Furious 7, although most of the blame goes to the writing of her character, who is not given much screen time or good dialogue... she's mostly there to hack things, honestly. Then there's the action, the obvious best part about the "Furious" films. One thing that I loved about Furious 5, 6, and 7 was the crazy action that the movies offered and the lack of serious tone accompanied with it. These films know what they are: ridiculous action flicks. Therefore, they don't take themselves too seriously. Therefore, it makes the action incredible. I can't go into details for spoilers' sake, but the action sequences in F8 are awe-inspiring, goosebump-inducing, cheer-worthy, and just... awesome. They are very well shot, using great angles and occasional appropriate slow-mo shots to increase the impact of every punch, shot, yell, engine-rev, and explosion. Go see it to get the full experience. The action is also well-balanced with some several surprising emotional scenes that bring out the best in its cast. To wrap things up, there are a few little issues in the film that keep it from perfection. Corny dialogue crops up a lot (obviously, because it is a "Furious" film). There's the issue I mentioned with the Ramsey character earlier, some plot elements that don't make a ton of sense, a lack of clear motives for Theron's villain, and some other small things. Oh, and there's also some great cameos near the end of the film, so keep an eye out for that. Overall, The Fate of the Furious is one of the most enjoyable theater experiences I've had in a while. It's funny, light on its feet, and a hell-of-a-fun action ride. This franchise isn't dead yet, and I can't wait for #9 (Fast Nine...? I don't know). The Fate of the Furious gets 4/5 stars.

Paul Fuchs
Paul Fuchs

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Since the beginning of this franchise over 16 years ago, this crew has been through street racing, bank robbing, pulling a plane out of the sky, and dropping from a similar plane in the sky. It has been clear throughout every instalment that these films are just going to get more ridiculous. The main question most people will have when going into this film, is why they decided to continue without one of its core protagonists in Brian O'Connor in the forefront. Although he is sorely missed throughout the entire duration of this instalment and there is a clear missing link, I won't lie and call this film a complete waste of time, because I will admit that I had an absolute blast from beginning to end. The Fate of the Furious doesn't do anything new for the franchise, but it's a welcome entry that gives you just enough emotional depth if you have been following this franchise since 2001. Shown in the trailers, the plot of The Fate of the Furious is that Dom goes rogue, going against his passion for family. Here is where the biggest issue with the film occurs, because there is a much larger play going on behind the scenes that can't be spoiled. For that reason, the trailers don't really do this film justice to say the least. I have to get it out there that this film is much better than what the trailers lead on, but also more ridiculous as well. As long as you can buckle up and be ready for the most ridiculous action yet, I believe you will have a blast with this storyline, while also being treated with quite a few heartfelt moments that this series has based its core story around (family). When Paul Walker sadly passed away during the filming of Furious 7, it was apparent that this series was going to have to make a few course corrections. Without giving anything away, there are acknowledgements to Walker's character in Brian, but he is never shown. It is kept vague, while also introducing many new characters (namely Scott Eastwood) to fill the void. There are moments that seem as though the character of Brian may be dead, but many that also insinuate that he is off living a happy life with his family. I quite enjoyed this aspect, due to the fact that is can be seen both ways, keeping his absence tasteful. The newcomers in Scott Eastwood, Helen Mirren, and a few returning characters were all welcome additions in my opinion. This franchise has always wanted to go as far as possible from its street racing roots. It has an overwhelmingly new-found success with its heist and over-the-top action sequences, that I fear it will never return. The best thing it has done in this regard is at least include one race sequence in each film, to keep all fans happy. Of the new generation of films in this franchise, I believe The Fate of the Furious may just have the best one yet. Truly going back to its roots, this film begins with a race that average viewers can have a blast with and the classic fans will be eating up. Since Fast Five, the macho aspect of Dwayne Johnson's Luke Hobbs, comedic interaction between the rest of the crew, and the over-the-top action sequences are truly what makes this film hundreds of millions at the box office. Yes, having the family aspect is what grounds these films in reality in between set pieces, and this film may just have the darkest moments in terms of family to date. Fans definitely receive all of the above and more throughout The Fate of the Furious, but to be perfectly honest, you have to watch these films as if you are sitting in the theatre watching a Marvel film. There are just too many unbelievable things to really latch onto anyone here. I've immensely enjoyed almost every film up until this point, and even I believe the action is at its peak. I am actually a defender of this over-the-top action, but I don't think they should be going any bigger than this, because they may just begin to lose their fan base. If the reality of these films are what made them as popular as they are, this film would've received a failing grade from me, but at this point, if you aren't up for anything, then you simply shouldn't be watching this series anymore. The family aspect is still very much present, they are doing their best to make up for clear absences in their family, the action is as fun as ever, and the dialogue is as cheesy and laughable as ever. You'll either embrace it and love where this franchise is headed or find yourself cringing and wishing that Furious 7 should've been the conclusion. The way I now see it is that Brian has moved on from this lifestyle and Furious 7 ended a chapter in the never-ending novel that seems to be Fast & Furious. This film will not win anyone over who hasn't seen the original seven films, but hardcore fans will eat it up and appreciate the nods and twists throughout. Although it's scarily close to jumping too far over the shark, it hasn't quite done it yet. If you are a fan, I definitely recommend going to check out this bombastic addition to the franchise. It's the darkest, most ridiculous chapter in the franchise, but also has some of the most fun sequences and emotional moments. The final sequence of this film made me feel something that I didn't think I would when going into this film, but I found myself pleasantly surprises. I'm a sucker for these films, so I will probably rate it higher than most, but for what it's trying to accomplish, The Fate of the Furious is pure blockbuster entertainment. For that, it gets the job done wonderfully.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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