The Fate of the Furious Reviews
Solid Good Movie
Of course, people don't go to these movies for solid plotlines and meaningful characterizations; they go for the action and fun, which was all I was really looking for. Unfortunately, this movie can't even deliver in that realm; we get three main action sequences, and that's it - an opening race, a scene where all the cars in New York City are taken control of, and a final chase over ice. Yes, there's a few others sprinkled in there, but those were the only three that were actually entertaining. The problem is that the action is way too far and few between for a movie that should really focus solely on action; in place of cool over-the-top thrills, the movie tries to take itself seriously and delve into its silly plot with an actual attempt at legitimacy. Why!?!? That's not what I came here to see! I came to see dozens cars driving out of buildings and crashing into city streets, cars chases over ice with a submarine lurking below; I didn't come to see a stupid movie that actually thinks it's not stupid!!!
Sorry about that. The thing about this movie is that the action sequences, as few as there are, are pretty neat, but I recommend if you want to see this film to simply watch a trailer for it; all of the action and stunts without the ludicrous plot, and the action doesn't go on so long to the point of becoming tedious.
Another glaring issue with this film is the attempts at comedy. Yikes. I didn't laugh once, and the "jokes" were more cringe-worthy than in any movie I've seen in recent memory. An example: one of the characters is driving over ice, and it begins to crack, his car slipping into the water. He yells, "I don't want to go swimming!" Yep, that's the punch line. Hilarious, right?
A movie that has terrible characters and terrible plot shouldn't spend so much time focusing on them. Get back to what matters, the cars. If you're not going to take yourself seriously, then don't take yourself seriously. Although, usually action movies that do have a level of legitimacy are better. It elevates the thrills. This is just a couple cool explosions, crashes, and stunts strung randomly together.