Everyone in the world is excited hearing the release of The eighth installment overall in the Fast & Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious. It is the first Fast & Furious movie released since Paul Walker’s passing during production on Furious 7. The filmmaker F. Gary Gray at the helm, ultimately manages to transition the larger Fast & Furious franchise into the post-Walker era and pave the way for a new trilogy-in-development. But, is the franchise interesting enough to watch like the predecessors? Some people said yes but I think differently.
The film starts when Dominic “Dom” Toretto and Letty Ortiz are on their honeymoon in Havana. Dom is challenged to a street race by local racer Fernando and won it. In the next day, cyberterrorist Cipher forces Dom to work for her, with his baby as the exchange. Shortly after the encounter, Diplomatic Security Service (DSS) agent Luke Hobbs recruits Dom, Letty, Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, and Ramsey to retrieve an EMP device from a military outpost in Berlin. During the getaway, Dom goes rogue and steals the device for Cipher. Mr. Nobody his protégé, Little Nobody, locked up Hobbs in the same prison with Deckard Shaw. It is not a punishment but it is a way to gather the team again to bring Dom back to their side. Deckard reveals that Cipher was the mastermind of previous encounters such as stealing the Nightshade device and orchestrating the theft of God’s Eye. And now, Cipher is targeting New York City to retrieve a nuclear code from the Russian Minister of Defense.
In the middle of the mission, Dom manages to evade her for a short time through a diversion created by Fernando. It allows him him to persuade Deckard and Owen’s mother, Magdalene Shaw, to help. Back to the mission, Cipher hacks all of the autonomous cars in the city and wreak havoc throughout the city. Luke Hobbs Letty, Roman Pearce, Tej Parker, and Ramsey try to stop Dom but Cipher and Rhodes help him to escape. Cipher then sends Dom to Russia to disable a nuclear submarine with the EMP device. She wants to use the submarine arsenal to trigger a nuclear war. The team intercept the mission again but now they have Deckard brothers who infiltrates Cipher’s plane. Their mission is to save Dom’s son and make Dom turn around from Cipher. Cipher got outraged. She launches the missile but Dom makes himself as the only target. He moves around and the missile hit the submarine instead. Dom then comes back to team and introduces his name’s son, Bryan.
I can say The Fate of The Furious is full of breathtaking action, some funny humors and touching friend-become-family story. Hell yeah, the film is all about adrenaline-spiking scenes. There is no one doubting about that. But, I think it’s getting boring now. I don’t know why but I think it is because the main villain is weak. Cipher is so weak and lack of capable teammate so that Dom and the team can fight her back. Too many action scenes are not good especially when they are not coherently arranged within the film. Zoom, crash, repeat with squealing, burning and flaming tires. They are what I got when seeing The Fate of the Furious. It doesn’t mean it is a bad film but it is just boring.
Producers : Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell, Chris Morgan
Directors : F. Gary Gray
Writers : Chris Morgan
Starring : Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron