THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS - MOVIE REVIEW
•IN MEMORY OF PAUL WALKER•
- "What's it gonna be? You gonna close your eyes on World War III or you're gonna saddle up and save the entire damn world?" -
How the hell did we get here as a society?
This franchise first started off a slick Point Break remake disguised as a street racing movie, then the two terrible movies followed, then it was rebooted with the fourth one, then if became a heist film with the fifth one, then it was jacked up on steroids with the sixth one.
It's almost like this franchise jumped the shark when we least expected it.
I remember thinking to myself "why on Earth would they make an 8th movie when the last one was literally the perfect conclusion to an overarching story?" That just shows you how naive I was because even though I felt like Fast & Furious 7 should've been it, there is still money to be made and Universal is going to make it.
The Fate of the Furious -man, they are really juggling these titles- is the eight, THE EIGHT, installment in a franchise that just doesn't know when to even slow down, much less quit.
This time we have the director of Friday, The Italian Job and Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray taking over as the director as we see a shocking twist of... fate hit the franchise.
Family is NO MORE as Dominic Toretto, the man who's favorite word is literally "family" has turned his back on his own family and gone rogue. Now he's working alongside our new cyberterrorist villain Cipher played by Charlize Theron as everyone in the family including Jason Statham who is now being forced to team up with the Family.
This is the eight movie in the Fast & Furious franchise. That alone should put you in the mindset of what to expect with this movie. If you're going in this expecting Oscar worthy acting and screenwriting, you're looking in the wrong place.
After eight movies that have pretty much followed the same formula -and they do follow the same formula- it can be pretty easy to start suffering from that thing many people call "franchise fatigue".
I have no idea what that is because I've never felt fatigue from a franchise.