Possible Spoilers ahead!
“The Fate of the Furious” begins with Dominic (Vin Diesel) and Letty Toretto (Michelle Rodriguez) enjoying their honeymoon in Havana, Cuba. For once, the two are spending some quiet time away from it all, but some over the top street racing is still involved.
However, everything changes the morning Dom is approached by a woman calling herself Cipher (Charlize Theron). For reasons that he cannot reveal to his trusted friends and family, Dom is forced into carrying out Cipher’s criminal agenda.
After turning his team, Dom finds himself a fugitive once again. In other to stop Dom, the others will need all the help they can get in order to stop whatever plan Cipher is unleashing. That means, working alongside one of their sworn enemies: Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).
As shocking as it sounds, Vin Diesel delivers one of his most dramatic performance in a Fast & Furious movie to date; although the “Evil Dom” storyline falls short because the reason for his turn is revealed rather early on. But to Diesel’s credit, he did a fine job carrying much of the emotional stuff this time around.
In “The Fate of the Furious,” Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs becomes one of the leads opposite Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto. He has some good action scenes, but my favorite Rock moment happened early on… at a soccer game. Also, his banter with Jason Statham had some of the movie’s biggest laughs.
Speaking of Jason Statham, I was surprised how good he was. But then my wifey made a good point: Fate was directed by F. Gary Gray, who also directed “The Italian Job.” In that movie, Statham stole the show, and he did the same thing in “The Fate of the Furious,” so thanks Mr. Gray!
The rest Fast & Furious crew (Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges and Furious 7 addition Nathalie Emmanuel) do their usual stuff in their respective roles. The only blemish in the acting department was Scott Eastwood, playing a possible replacement for Kurt Russell’s Mr. Nobody. Problem is that Scott Eastwood looks like a kid hanging around adults.
Meanwhile, Oscar-winner Charlize Theron brings some fresh malice and villainy to the character of Cipher. Her one-on-one scenes with Vin Diesel are some of the most tense and suspenseful in the film. I only wish we could have seen her in more action scenes than we did.
If you’re looking for award-winning material, “The Fate of the Furious” is not the movie for you. But if you are looking to enjoy yourself for a couple of hours, then this movie will have something for you!
At the end of the day, “The Fate of the Furious” is as insane and ridiculous and you would expect, and I liked that. Everything in this movie seemed bigger than anything we’ve seen before, and I was okay with that too. Plus you add in Furiosa herself, Charlize Theron, and I’m a happy nerd. So basically, I loved this movie.
However, I’m also smart enough to know that “The Fate of the Furious” is not the best installment in the series. That honor still goes to 2011’s “Fast 5,” which I think is the best “film” in the franchise. Whatever, I still loved Fate, and I’m not kidding when I say this is my favorite Fast & Furious flick because it was so damn entertaining.
“The Fate of the Furious” final score: B+