Fate of the Furious Review: So Absurd…So Amazing
Directed By:F Gary Gray
Staring: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron
Writers: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 136 Minutes
Synopsis: When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.
Exactly What You Expect From the Furious Series
As soon as you think the Fast and the Furious series in running on fumes, this film comes and gives the series the nitro boost that it needed. The was not a critical masterpiece, it was not realistic in any way, the acting was poor, and the plot was flimsy….. and it was AWESOME!!! This film knows exactly what it is and does not shy away from it. In fact they may have turned up the absurdity in this film that makes this 136 min of outrageous completely implausible action.
The basic premise of this film is Dom (Vin Diesel) is compromised by The Cypher (Charlize Theron) who kidnapped is baby mother and his son who he did not know that he had. She uses his skills in an attempt to gain influence and power on the world. Dom’s former team lead by Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) try to stop the plan and figure out what going on with Dom. The film proceeds to deliver comic relief from Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and incomprehensible actions scenes that breaks every single law of physics possible.
No Question… This Film was Absurd
There were scenes of The Cypher hacking self driving cars and completely shutting down New York City. Another Scene of Dom racing a beat up car in Cuba backwards while being on fire. Hobbs stopped and redirected a torpedo with his bare hands while simultaneously driving a car at high speeds on ice. And maybe the most incredible scene that you see in the previews is the crew trying to speed away from a giant submarine on ice that shooting torpedoes at them. The Furious series is not cheap on budget and stunts and this film is no different. I saw some clips of some of the stunts and they were very elaborate and a lot of them were real and not CG.
Outside of the stunts with the cars, the crew are essentially super heroes. The amount of punishment that these characters took in this film with very little selling of pain, combined with the calmness and complete comfortableness with all the craziness going around them is incredible. Their was more realism in Captain America Civil War then there was in Fate of the Furious. The hacking the Cypher does is on such a level that she should be able to essentially run the entire world and if hacking were that easy in real life we would all be in trouble. While all these things sound like a negative, they are actually what makes this film and this series great. They don’t hide what they are like WB/DC films, they fully embrace the fantastical nature of the series.
There are some negatives in the film, however none of them take away anything from the film. The acting is poor outside of Charlize Theron (of course) she’s great as usual and The Rock and surprising Ludacris also play their roles great. Tyrese is a character that you love and hate at the same time because he is essentially playing a turned up version of himself in real life. However, Michelle Rodriguez is a terrible actress and her and Vin Diesel have no chemistry on film and the scenes with them together are suppose to generate an emotional response and they never do, in fact they generate comedy, which if I am being hones makes the film so much better. And yes their is rampant objectification of women in this film and the first scene is completely egregious by essentially filming straight up a Cuban woman’s skirt while she is bending over and its not good but its what makes the Furious series what it is unfortunately. The statement “Everything is Pro Wrestling” has never been more prevalent than in this film with a heel turn, babyface turn, double cross, bad comedy, objectification, problematic behavior, absurd stunts, and no selling of injuries and its Glorious.