With the tragic death of Paul Walker during the filming of the last Fast and the Furious movie, Vin Diesel’s very public mourning, his constant remarks about the sense of brotherhood he felt with Walker and his pivotal role in the success of the Fast and the Furious franchise (and let’s be clear, I do not doubt this for a moment), it was safe to assume that this insanely successful franchise was to be retired. The final scene is Fast 7 even left a tear in my eye.
But I guess a billion dollar box office trumps brotherly love, huh. *shrugs*
So the Fast gang are back and as I am not a Fast devotee and don’t want to issue spoiler alerts, I will keep my review short on plot details.
Dom (Diesel) and Letty (Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia have retired from the game and the rest of the team have scattered and are living real lives. Within minutes of the movie opening, Dom is racing through the streets of Havana in a car that closely resembles Mater from the Disney movie Cars and the action begins. Just a small note…. it seems a ‘Havana mile’ is the same distance/time as a Fast 7 runway. Hilarious!
Then a mysterious woman, Cipher (Charlize Theron rocking long blonde dreadlocks better than the creepy dudes from The Matrix) appears out of nowhere, shows Dom a video on her phone and suddenly he betrays his family and is gone. Just like that.
Thus begins a high powered game of cat and mouse around the world in fast cars. But there are not as many fast cars and racing as I recall from previous movies. There seems to be a somewhat earnest attempt to develop a plot. Sadly, the plot is weak and the script even weaker. Oh how I would love to be the writer for movies like this, what a bludge!
But what this movie does have going for it is the actors….and a lot of really good ones at that! Theron is excellent as the cruelly twisted and evil mastermind Cipher and Helen Mirren does a fabulous cameo as Deckard’s (Statham) mum.
This movie will rake in squillions of dollars, as usual, and you already know if you are going to see it or not. If so, you will enjoy it for what it is….. mindless, brain numbing nothingness. But this is number 8 in this billion dollar franchise so why would they do anything different?
2 1/2 stars
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Director : F. Gary Gray
Starring : Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson,Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanual, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood
Running Time : 136 minutes
Release Date : In Cinemas Now
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