Stronger than before, faster than ever

Monday April 24, 2017 Written by Published in Entertainment
The Fate of the Furious also features a car chasing scene involving a submarine. 17042217 The Fate of the Furious also features a car chasing scene involving a submarine. 17042217

It all started with fast cars, most of them imported Japanese racing cars, and of course Dominic Toretto’s (Vin Diesel) 1970 Dodge Charger.

 

She is a stunner by the way!

Then we had the 1969 Chevrolet Yenko Camaro, Nissan Skyline R34 GT-R, 2013 W Motors Lykan HyperSport, RB-Swapped 1967 Ford Mustang, 2014 Audi R8, 2011 Bugatti Veyron, 2014 Eagle Speedster/Jaguar E-Type and many others.

Now, there are tanks (Ripsaw), some more classy cars and even a submarine.

The Fast and Furious series is getting bigger and in some ways, even better.

In The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment of this hugely successful franchise, we have a submarine chasing the good guys in a scene shot on a frozen lake.

As crazy as it sounds, I tell you, it’s a pretty thrilling sight.

The Fate of the Furious picks up from Fast Seven in which Dominic and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) get married, Brian (the late Paul Walker) Mia retires and the rest of the crew get on with their normal lives.

Then enters Cipher (Charlize Theron), a criminal mastermind and cyberterrorist, who holds Dom to ransom and forces him to work for her.

Dom’s team gets recruited by Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnston) to help him retrieve an EMP device from a military outpost in Berlin.

But during the getaway, Dom goes rogue and steals the device for Cipher, betraying his family.

An intelligence operations team gets Hobbs and the remaining crew alongside Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to bring back Dom and prevent Cipher from creating global chaos.

The Fate of the Furious offers nothing extraordinary when it comes to plot. It has a simple, typical Fast and Furious storyline with a predictable climax that keen followers of this franchise will recognise.

But who cares when there is plenty of action to complement the storyline.

As they say, it’s not about the destination, it’s all about the journey to get there. The Fate of the Furious provides an action-packed ride to make this journey an enjoyable one.

There are few lengthy dialogues sessions to bore viewers. And when there are scenes that include serious discussions, the witty repartee between Tyrese Gibson, who plays Roman Pearce, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Tej Parker, and new inclusion Scott Eastwood (a law enforcement agent), lightens things up nicely.

The sizzling Charlize Theron has again proven she can make a damn good – and hot, villain.

She was superb in the dark role in the Snow White franchise as Queen Ravenna and is equally compelling in The Fate of the Furious.

The remaining cast, Diesel, Rodriguez, Johnston and Statham, deliver their roles perfectly.

Director Felix Gary Gray, who helmed Straight Outta Compton, also does a brilliant job in maintaining the flow in the movie, especially after the untimely death of Walker, who played a pivotal role in Fast and Furious.

At the box office, The Fate of the Furious is nearing the billion dollar mark worldwide just a week after its release.

Despite a few problems in this latest instalment caused mainly by the plot’s apparent lack of creativity, there is one thing certain about this franchise:

The future of Fast and Furious is stronger than ever.

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