The Fate of the Furious (2017)
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No part of this movie made sense, it makes all 7 prequels seem like a real life documentary about cars. By far - Worst of the series. By going so far off the deep end, it made it too improbable for me to enjoy.
The writing and dialog is painfully cliché, like a 6 year old wrote it. The story, despite their intentions is so predictable that you cannot help but roll your eyes for the entire movie.
The acting... ohhhhh... the "acting"... some of the worst I have ever seen. Can Vin Diesel actually get worse at acting? Yes, he can. Even the performances from seasoned actors like Charlize Theron and Dwayne Johnson felt wooden, no doubt due to the horrid script and direction.
Not even the action sequences nor special effects could save this movie, as they were fake enough to repeatedly kill your suspension of disbelief and distract from what little story exists.
Dear Hollywood: Enough with the tired sequels. Enough with super hero movies. Take a chance on some original ideas.
There's no way the 10 star reviews are NOT paid. This movie is an insult to anyone who pays to see it.
The Fast & Furious family is back, but this time things will get serious. Dom is going evil and betrays his friends and family to work with Cipher (a.k.a. Charlize Theron), a cyberterrorist who is really evil. And that's not enough to describe how wicked she is and all the things she does.
The movie is full of twists and surprises, although it should be said that these twists are not something none saw coming. They are quite predictable. That's a problem with this franchise - and I believe every franchise and movie that has mainly to do with car racing. Don't expect much story wise.
However, it gives you what you want. It gives you action, fun, family spirit, cars, racing, and Vin Diesel, the Rock and Jason Statham kicking ass - Tyrese Gibson is also a scene stealer. It lives up to what you've come to expect from FAF. Do you really want more?
Synopsis: Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludicrous, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood Director: F. Gary Grey
The movies have steadily been getting better since the fiasco of Tokyo Drift. I do have to say, this one took a small step back. It is still an exceptional movie, but it wasn't as good as seven with the sentimental value or five with the all-around great movie.
And by the way, the mention I just used is all you're going to get about the Paul Walker situation. They did a good job of keeping the characters involved with him out of the movie.
I do have say, the only thing I didn't like about the movie was the lack of story here. You didn't find out what Cipher was doing until the movie was almost over. And, if you remember the end of six where there were two major action scenes within twenty minutes of each other, it happened here as well. Maybe if they had about another twenty to thirty minutes of movie they could have added more.
As far as the story of the family goes here, it was okay. Sure, you had a few more people added to the movie, but that's okay. Kind of had to happen, although I don't think two of them are going to be part of the family come FF10. All the actors did step up their game a bit for this movie. They showed why they want to keep the franchise going. Scott Eastwood coming in was okay. He didn't really show anything different, but apparently he is supposed to become more centralized in the next movie.
Bringing in a new director did give the movie a since of something different. We pretty much had the same director for the last four movies. Grey offered a different point of view on the action here. Did I like it? It was okay. He used a lot of jump cuts and close- combat camera methods. I'm not a fan of those, but I'll still watch the movie.
The main selling point of the movie was the cars and the action. Neither one disappointed in the end. There were several parts in the movie where the action was some of the best in the series (see the plane scene at the end), and some of the best cars in the movie, well at least one. And that one didn't even race. You saw it drive at the beginning of the movie. The '63 Impala was just gorgeous.
Final Thoughts: Definitely in the top three of the series so far. Go watch the movie. I think watching it on IMAX did give more of an advantage. Again, watch it.
Rating: 8 out of 10
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Story (7/10): The trailer itself revealed that the story is about Dom turning rogue and until about half the story, it remains a mystery. The team, who had been dealing with drug dealers, international criminals, tanks, and missiles - have a larger nemesis now - nuclear weapons and terrorists. And not just they have to stop them without Dominic Toretto, they have to stop Dominic Toretto as well along with those terrorists. While the suspense was revealed half way down the movie, the story didn't lose the steam and unpredictability. The intricacies of the story were very well written and the edge of the seat action scenes keeps you glued. The positive shade given to Jason Statham's character was good to see - he isn't so good playing negative roles. There were few unnecessary stuff that, if avoided, could have made the movie much better - like the cat fight between Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. The animosity between Hobbs and Shaw just wasn't convincing enough and the kind of street fight, the trailer promised, didn't come up at all.
Acting (8/10): The movie has strong performances, particularly from Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron. The rest of the crew did pretty much the same level of performance as earlier. I would have loved to see more of Michelle Rodriguez though. The comic content, except for Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham scenes, is well executed and fun to watch.
Direction (9/10): For someone who has worked with Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron and Jason Statham, it wasn't a wonder to see him getting the most out of the cast. Gary Gray executed the movie very well, especially with the car sequences which were very well conceptualized - the Cuba race, the NYC madness or the submarine climax. Although he did go a little overboard with beyond belief scenes which didn't make sense but then it's FF, so it may be excused. Overall, the direction was good and had the entertainment value it should have. Adding the element of Shaw's mother was cool!!
Overall (8/10): Overall, it's a good watch. Not as perfect as Fast Five or Fast & Furious 6 but good enough.
If you've seen Furious 6 (Which you should) when Tej (Played by Ludicrous) was like "hey guys, they have a tank". He thought that was a big deal, that the bad guys are riding around in a tank. Now two Furiouses later, he has a tank, but the enemy now has a submarine! And it was bad ass!! ridiculously bad ass!!! it's amazing how these movies raise the level of ridiculous and somehow not come across real stupid. I mean, they had Dwayne Johnson acting like he was literally made out of rock, with the feats of strength he pulled off. From tossing two bad guys into six with ease, to kicking missiles out the way, and no matter how stupid it got, I could not help but to love The Rock while he's doing it (But you know, it's The People's movie Star).
But I have to be honest, if you are a die-hard Fast and Furious fan (I don't know if this name is official but I like to call myself a Furiouso). It's not the best of the 8. Fast Five, Fast Six, and Furious Seven all seemed to go up in quality as the action got bigger on the budget getting bigger, but with F8, it's still a great flick, but the quality is not progressing.
Mostly with the character development. I felt other movies in the series allowed everyone in the cast their moment to shine, but the ensemble here is now far too big with too many super stars like Vin, and the Rock and Jason Statham and brand new Charlize Theron as an incredible villain. This leaves most of the other cast under used, like Tyrese Gibson who was funny, but it was all one liner after one liner without Roman Pearce doing anything.
Still, it's one of the best blockbusters of the year. It has all the bells and whistles needed to keep you cheering in your seat as you watch all the glorious action unfold.
Literally The Fast and The Furious is becoming like Avengers on Wheels.
I liked seeing Eastwood's boy making miles in acting. Handsome guy, a good replacement for Walker. I don't like Charlize Theron as an actress. Beautiful woman, but does not know how to act. She proved that in Prometheus as well. Fast and the furious shows that old bad guys can team up with the F&F family. Maybe Charlize will become Tortellini's girlfriend some day.
Jason Statham was awesome. I liked Helen Mirren as well in her "small part". During the break people were wondering who that old woman was.
I give this installment an eight, like the number of itself. I hope the next one will be better, so I can proceed this new habit.
And for last my call for the big dude: If Disney is going to make a movie of Vaiana, please grow some hair and do the audition for Maui. Wait, didn't you do his voice...?
I was entertained here, action scenes are so good here, so where fight scenes also. I really like the way that everybody comes alive. Also Charlize Theron really steals the show has a cold calculating villain. Surprises do come, not really twists. I liked this movie, but didn't love it.
Decent movie though The story line was pretty obvious towards the end. Like obviously it would end that way.
Some folks are not impressed with the plot, where i found it a clever thought out story. Cipher (charlize theron) turns Dom against his family by kidnapping Elana, she is the former love of Dom from fast 6 and there child (which Dom did not know about) and use that against Dom for him to battle against the ones who he called his family.
A lot of the story revolves around the actions from fast 6 which leaves and keeps fast 7 as what it was....To pay respect to Paul walker and to introduce deckard shaw, granted there are a few questions about fast 8 which are left open but that will be carried into the final 2 films between now and 2021.
Overall fast 8 is a great film with a clever story and some fantastic scenes from the mass car falling from car park to the submarine battle, with a enemy as smart and ruthless as cipher fast 8 ticks all the boxes.
The movie began in Cuba where Dom is cut in by a female stranger named 'Cipher'. Cipher compels Dom to oppose antagonize his team to do a series of jobs for her and take him from New York to Russia. The Spanish actor Charlize Theron who plays Cipher fits the role perfectly. In the movie, she is vicious, sexy and manipulative woman who is the team deal with and stop from causing a potential World War III.
One of the reasons which strengthens your laugh lines is that Dwayne Johnson and the Stath have a few of good taunting scenes. Moreover, Tyrese Gibson gives audience his best impression because he constantly makes fun at everyone including new comer Scott Eastwood. Then Letty who is trying to figure out why Dom has betrayed them, and Jason Statham who was a villain from the last film is on a path of redemption.
Another thing is to bring audiences some amazing stunts only when needed. The film is not disappointing. Some of the highlights include left turn and right turn vehicles, cars running out of the building, opening games in Cuba, shooting, guns, bombs, cars, army tanks and the wreckage of the stadium, and so on.
Just as the serials before, this movie is full of exciting moment which is over the top of the epinephrine action thriller. As long as carrying the open mind to enter, you will love the serials more. You can take this movie as a spring dream only, which can be woken up to go to run. The popcorn calories consumed, and then look forward to the dream of the next day.
What I liked about this film - First of all, the action was great and what was to be expected from this film - don't expect perfect obedience of the laws of physics. Secondly, the story was actually not terrible (this is no Tokyo Drift); the reason's for Dom's betrayal (as seen in the trailers) are very human and feel very real and the redemption of some of the characters was earned (on the most part). Thirdly, Charlize Theron was great, as usual, as the villain Cipher.
What I didn't like - Firstly, Helen Mirren's accent was terrible although was warranted by her character. Secondly, as mentioned, the laws of physics get broken at times (the wrecking ball (again from the trailer) is a perfect example).
Final thoughts - This film is a great addition to the Fast and Furious franchise. It is what we've come to expect from these films over the last almost 20 years and I'm interested to see where the story goes from here as, according to the cast and crew, there are only two of these left.
In terms of the score, I couldn't not give this an 8/10. Not a perfect film by any stretch of the imagination but for what it tries to do, it hits the mark.