The latest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise misses a beat without Paul Walker. I’m giving it an A-.
Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is a man who stands by family, whether they are family by blood or choice. So when he’s forced to turn his back on his family to protect someone, all hell breaks loose. A skilled cyber hacker, Cipher (Charlize Theron), uses Dom to gather the materials necessary to hold the world governments accountable. She’s got eyes everywhere and has a warped sense of right and wrong.
In order to capture Dom and Cipher, Mr. Nobody enlists Dom’s family as well as some of his former targets. Hobbs (Dawyne -the Rock- Johnson) felt Dom’s betrayal first hand and is forced to work with former criminal, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) in order to stop Dom and Cipher. But things aren’t all they seem. Letty (Dom’s wife) has never given up on him. And when push comes to shove, he risks the life of another to keep her safe.
The eighth installment is the first without Paul Walker. His character is referenced but not a part of the series and it changes the dynamic since in this movie, the team is battling each other. It would have been exciting to have “Brian” show up somehow to save the day. Featuring eye candy galore (Vin, the Rock, Statham, Luke Evans and Scott Eastwood…to name a few), Fate has a hot guy for every taste! But it’s a little guy that steals the show.
Charlize Theron is super bad. She’s got her own set of morals and even quotes Dr. William Glasser and Choice Theory (which made me sit up since I’m trained in it) as a reason for what she does. We learn she’s been behind everything in many of the previous movies and the ending leaves it open for future movies with her working her devious magic.
A movie with non-stop action, Fate has amazing cars and crazy stunts. Filmed in Atlanta, Cleveland, and Iceland, it’s not a movie you go to for outstanding dialogue but the snarky comments make it all the better. The swear-off between The Rock and Statham in prison is hilarious. In fact, Statham has the best fight scene at the end while keeping a baby safe.
You do have to suspend disbelief with a movie like this. Some of the over the top stunts seem to be impossible. One scene in Iceland with the submarine begs the question as to why more ice didn’t break up and take out the cars. The ice only broke in certain parts and didn’t have fissure lines which would have caused ice floats. So I’m knocking it down a little for those strange incidents. But if you are looking for a movie with fast-paced action, non-stop stunts, Fate is for you.
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