FAST & FURIOUS 8 FILM REVIEW
On the heels of 2015’s Fast & Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: Fast & Furious 8.Can this film minus Paul Walker strike it big again at the box office? The omens look great.
Now that Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
Direction wise F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) pulls out all the stops for this summer blockbuster to start the summer season of 2017 on a super charged adrenalin rush. We are treated to action scenes that are so ridiculous that they border on being cartoonish, and the great news is that this film delivers this in spades. While the film unfolds , a very large percentage is dedicated to what must surely be the most over-the-top sequences the filmmakers could imagine, and each one is as fun as the last Each of these scenes come together in tight, pulse-pounding packages, the director gives us the most exciting over the top action seqiel ever in the franchise that has constantly set the bar very high in the action movie stakes.
This time around, Dom (Vin Diesel) has apparently gone rogue, turning to the dark side to work with Cipher (Charlize Theron). Performance wise he is once again excellent in the leader of his family, be it in the high octane stunts or the more tender moments with his family. Charlize Theron is the extremely cool Bond villain who underplays her role. She’s a high-tech criminal who as part of her plan has hacked into control systems for cars in all sorts of places, and is out to cause major chaos, including for our heroes, be it in the high octane stunts or the more tender moments with the fast and furious family.
The rest of the regulars that includes, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges are good in their roles. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are great in their love –hate bromance as both are working in the same team .Both of them have their action moments but the Rock is the one that has his glory in this action festival on steroids.Kurt Russell is once again great in his role. We get the welcome return of the sexy computer hack played by Nathalie Emmanuel. In addition to Theron, the series welcomes newcomers Scott Eastwood who plays the side kick to Kurt Russell and Oscar® winner Helen Mirren as the cool mother of Deckard Shaw.
Fast 8 this time globe trots this time in cool Cuba, New York and Russia where the action is taken a few notches higher than last time. The stunts are far more over the top in this action extravaganza and everything but the kitchen sink has been thrown into the mix. Even though we have nods to past 007 epics and even Hard Boiled in some of the action scenes. Summer season has got off to a great start with this film that is going to give you a massive rush. Kudos to newcomer director F. Gary Gray for giving us a fantastic action film that is at its heart is a film about family. He should stand up and take a bow in giving is a film that is a very fitting tribute to the legacy of this insane franchise.
Fast and Furious 8 Is a crowd-pleasing event film that will surely satisfy the series’ core audience. Prepare to have your engines revved up and come and enjoy a film where you leave your brains at home and enjoy the spectacle. The bar has been upped to the maximum in this huge box office smash that deserves to become the highest grossing film in the hit franchise.
Roll on Fast 9!