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Published on April 21st, 2017 | by seenheard

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Review: The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious – 2.5/5

By round 8, you’ve got to wonder how many folks are still curious about this gang that are so ‘furious’.

You’d think the writing skills would have varied, and you’d think they’d consider wrapping up the serious. But it seems not.

Lured in by fast cars, some incredible (yet unbelievable) stunts and an all-star cast we keep going back in droves to see what Toretto and his band of merry drivers get up to this time.

The opening scene is always an indication of what’s to come. Here in ‘The Fate of the Furious’ the action goes from 0-300 in a matter of minutes with a car chase around the streets of Havana, with Dom defending his family, as always, this time his cousin who made a stupid deal he couldn’t keep. Except the car, and I use the phrase ‘car’ lightly, is the remnants of a clown car that he obviously turbo-fuels allowing him to win the race, without brakes, or a bonnet, while driving backwards, till the car ends up consumed in a fireball launching into the ocean. Obviously.

So pretty early on we realise it’s going to be full of all sorts of silliness mixed with insane levels of octane thrown in for good measure.

Most of the usual suspects are back – Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris to name a few, with a few new kids like Jason Statham, Dame Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron thrown in for good measure.

Dame Helen Mirren plays cockney mum to Jason Statham, but it just doesn’t quite seem to fit.

The plot revolves around a baby. Toretto’s baby – that he didn’t even know existed. Kidnapped by super-cyber-bully-extraordinaire Charlize Theron. Theron manages to lure away Toretto forcing him to abandon his family (but not really) and forces him to do all sorts of mischievous things if he wants his baby back.

Fate of the furiousA particular highlight is a baby saving sequence with Jason Statham that, while cleverly filmed, and done with a wit only he could bring to the scene, does make you wonder who conjures up these ideas.

Then there’s an epic car chase across miles of ice in a remote part of Russia chased by a nuclear missile wielding Submarine.

To be fair, they do shoot a car chase with a style others have yet to replicate, you feel the tension from the seat of your chair, and while we know everything will be alright, we still have that little ‘no, jump off the bridge NOW’ moment.

Like the rest of them The Fate of the Furious (Fast and the Furious 8) is filled with ego, macho chest pea-cocking and a huge overdoes of ridiculousness, yet time after time, we go, we watch, and we leave loving it wondering if our every day cars could do that? This one features a KIA. I have a Kia..

But it’s a bit of mindless entertainment for a few hours to escape the mundane.

Now where’s the keys to my Kia Rio? Lemme see if I can do a handbrake 360.

Being on F&F

– SRF

 

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