Remember when these films were about street racing? The blockbuster action franchise has its eighth film now under its belt, and doesn’t appear to be stopping anytime soon. Once again bringing back the crew of the past films including Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel.
The film follows this band of drivers working for Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) and his faceless organisation to track down the now rogue Dominic Toretto (Diesel), and notorious cyber-criminal Cipher (Charlize Theron) before she starts world war three. Bringing the previous films antagonist, Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw into the fold as well, now assisting his former enemies.
A key thing that the filmmakers seem to have tapped into is steering into the skid of how ridiculous the series has become. Have a couple of scenes, that belong in an outright comedy rather than a blockbuster action film, and we’re not talking about a few quick-witted quips from Gibson or Ludacris, but full scenes from the franchises biggest names.
But the film is also flush with problems. Most notably, the use of highly convenient, yet not particularly believable technology. Due to the antagonist being a hacker, along with the skill set brought to the table by Tej (Ludacris) and Ramsay (Nathalie Emmanuel), there is an awful lot of it happening in this film. The problem with that lies in the fact that none of it is particularly convincing, with multiple shots of people just blinding tapping keypads. Also the worrying thing about the proposed two sequels (yeah that’s right. We are going to 10), with world war three averted. Where can this franchise go from there?
Though nothing about the film is exactly a great film in any sense of the word, for example none of the acting is anything special, nor plot which features a few highly predictable moments and an extremely anti-climactic ending in regards to the showdown with Cipher. But at the end of the day, if a shallow movie of pure explosions and escapism is what you are after. Fate of the Furious does deliver that, but does lack any real substance or emotion.
Rating: 4 Slices out of 8