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The Fate of the Furious Film Review
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After Furious 7’s huge success, there were two questions on everyone’s minds. Is that the end of the franchise? This one was answered last year when Vin Diesel said he is planning to make three more movies (a new trilogy). The second question was how the filmmakers will manage to top Furious 7 in terms of action and excitement? Vin Diesel and his team in front and behind the camera know that in terms of action there is nothing much to add, they tried airplanes, flying cars, sky scrapers, and pretty much any other setting where you can fit a car. In The Fate of the Furious, the filmmakers aim to keep the audience interested in the franchise through some twists in the story in addition to the huge action set pieces that everyone is expecting. This one ends up being a decent addition to the franchise but it is not a total victory round and it is certainly not in the top three Furious movies.
Here we have Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) happy and living it up in Havana, until he is approached by a mysterious woman by the name of Cypher who was able to change him completely in a very short time. He turns his back on his family and goes against them, and he becomes the right hand man to the cyber hacker Cypher (Charlize Theron). The fans of the franchise will certainly find the story and twists interesting, at the same time the film-makers know that they need to add some dose of originality in order to sustain the fuel on this franchise especially if they are planning to add a new trilogy.
The Fate of the Franchise
I liked the departure from the usual story line, the betrayal of Dominic Toretto added some flavor to the proceedings. The audience expects the team to go against a bad guy like in Fast and Furious 6 or Furious 7, but here you will see the main character switching sides which is a much needed turn to keep things interesting. The cast are comfortable with their roles by now, and the addition of Charlize Theron is a great idea because she fits the role perfectly. However, the biggest problem in The Fate of the Furious is surprisingly the action scenes. Justin Lin (the director of four movies in the franchise, from Tokyo Drift to Fast and Furious 6) was busy directing Star Trek: Beyond, and James Wan (Furious 7) had a hard time shooting the 7th installment and he decided to go back to directing horror movies which is a shame because he was the perfect fit for the director’s chair as he shot the best action scenes in the franchise.
I am not saying F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job and The Negotiator) is a bad director, he is actually a decent director but the action scenes in this franchise usually carry more excitement and visual panache. There is no romance here between the action scenes and the director, they feel like big action set pieces in a big action movie not a Fast and Furious installment. The fight and hand to hand combat scenes are passable but they can’t hold a candle against some of the fight scenes in The Raid movies or even Furious 7.
In conclusion, The Fate of the Furious might not be one of the best movies in this franchise, but it is still good enough to keep it afloat and keep the audience satisfied and coming back for more. It’ll be interesting to see what the film-makers have in mind for the next installment. Running strong for 8 movies and still managing to score around 1 Billion $ in box office receipts after just 10 days is a huge success.