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Review: The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious
04.13.2017
8 10

PLOT: Dom’s (Vin Diesel) honeymoon with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is interrupted by a cyber-terrorist, Cipher (Charlize Theron), who blackmails him into double-crossing Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and the rest of his team during a job. Now seemingly a rogue terrorist, the team re-groups in order to capture their former leader, even if they have to kill him in the process.

REVIEW: The big question mark following FURIOUS 7 was whether or not the franchise could succeed without Paul Walker. While many would say people only flock to these movies for the action, were the relationships the audience has forged with the admittedly goofy characters not important, the XXX franchise would be just as big. Lucky for Universal, for whom this series has been the proverbial golden goose, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS proves star Vin Diesel and the rest of his crew still have enough NOS in their engines to keep the franchise going for at least a few more films.

Director F. Gary Gray, who back in 2003 helmed his own FAST AND THE FURIOUS-style caper, THE ITALIAN JOB (a jacked-up remake of the Michael Caine classic), steps into Justin Lin and James Wan’s shoes without missing a beat. The director may be different, but outside of perhaps a few moments where his sure-handed way with actors elevates some lines that would be unbearably goofy, he more or less sticks to the formula giving this perfect continuity with everything since FAST FIVE -- which is when all the elements really started to cook. Using the same writer (Chris Morgan), DP (Stephen F. Windon), editor (Christian Wagner) and composer (Brian Tyler) as the others, no one could ever mistake this for anything other than a FAST & FURIOUS movie - which speaks volumes to how immediately identifiable the series has become. In the same way Marvel movies look like Marvel movies, FAST & FURIOUS movies look like FAST & FURIOUS movies.

The only real risk taken is that, for most of the film, Diesel is separated from his crew. This denies us the unique vibe he has with them, being the one they all look to for guidance. Rather than have any of them really come into their own, even Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty, Johnson’s Hobbs becomes the defacto leader. It’s a bit strange to see this crew of international criminals-turned-heroes fall in-line behind a cop so easily, but then again, it’s The Rock, and given that he looks somehow even more pumped than he was last time (he never wears sleeves, although I don’t think any could actually fit him at this point), it works.

Diesel and Johnson never really appear on camera together, which makes the rumblings of their feud seem pretty legit, but Johnson is more prominent than he’s ever been with Diesel off doing his own thing. He seems to be having a ball, and his chemistry is especially strong with the returning Jason Statham, who’s in the process of being rehabilitated into a good guy, with some retroactive character beats being sprinkled-in to make him more misunderstood, although it’s odd to see everyone so tight with the guy that killed Han (although I full expect Sung Kang to re-emerge unscathed at some point). While his evolution make a whole lot of sense, it doesn’t really matter. As much fun as The Rock seems to be having, Statham seems to be having even more, and he hasn’t been this loose on-screen since SPY. This is a great franchise for him, and the introduction of a legend (whose identity I won’t spoil) as his mum promises a continuing role, one hopes.

Kurt Russell also returns as the government operative, Mr. Nobody, with Scott Eastwood in as his newbie trainee, who mostly serves as Tyrese’s straight-man, while the latter perfects his part as the crew’s cut-up. Russell probably shot most of his role in a day and never gets in on the action, but he’s a good fit as their M-like figure.

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Meanwhile, Charlize Theron vamps it up as the big bad. While her dreadlocks look dumb, she seems like she’s enjoying playing a baddie, although it’s a shame she doesn’t do much more than sit around in her jet-lair. As for our the franchise’s key man, Diesel, the thing that makes him go to work for Theron actually proves to be somewhat surprising and gives him a darker edge that suits the movie well and gives him a few different notes to play than usual.

Whether or not you like FATE OF THE FURIOUS wholly depends on your enjoyment of the other films. To me, these movies have always been a blast to watch with a packed theater full of screaming fans, and as far as tentpole eye-candy goes, this is one of the better franchises. It doesn’t take itself at all seriously, making the insane set-pieces where thousands of NYC cars are controlled by Theron or a submarine vs car chase easier to swallow than they might be otherwise. At this point you could send Dom and his crew to space and it would probably work. Is that anymore unbelievable than the fact that, in the first movie, Diesel was mostly concerned with hijacking truckloads of DVD players? It’s gleefully stupid but thoroughly enjoyable. If you liked the others, it’s hard to imagine you won’t get a kick out of this one too.

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9:11PM on 04/19/2017
Just saw it today. The action was fun, The Rock, Statham and Russell were great. But...the plotholes and shoehorned characters/plot devices were idiotic. I get the attention spans of the average fan of this franchise isn't strong enough to catch on, but this was really horribly written. There was no way in the 15-20 hours it would take to fly from Cuba, meat with the team, equip, and fly to Berlin, Dom couldn't even tell just one person what the hell was going on? Deckard goes from killing Han
Just saw it today. The action was fun, The Rock, Statham and Russell were great. But...the plotholes and shoehorned characters/plot devices were idiotic. I get the attention spans of the average fan of this franchise isn't strong enough to catch on, but this was really horribly written. There was no way in the 15-20 hours it would take to fly from Cuba, meat with the team, equip, and fly to Berlin, Dom couldn't even tell just one person what the hell was going on? Deckard goes from killing Han & trying to blow up Brian and Mia to a quippy ninja babysitter and a member of the "family" (and enough about that while we're at it)?
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10:32PM on 04/14/2017
I enjoyed it a lot. It was better than Furious 7.
I enjoyed it a lot. It was better than Furious 7.
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4:58AM on 04/14/2017

not the worst one...

If the first one and the last one were a 10 and Tokyo drift was 1 I would say this one is a 6.
No Fast and Furious movie is a 10 though.

Also got a sense that a lot of scenes had the dialogue improvised. Anyone else get that sense, like whenever The Rock said anything?

*spoilers kind of* Eastwood was a useless addition, there is no real ending, I hope Tyrese is clearing at least like 4 mil for these now, his character really held the movie together surprisingly. I want to see the next
If the first one and the last one were a 10 and Tokyo drift was 1 I would say this one is a 6.
No Fast and Furious movie is a 10 though.

Also got a sense that a lot of scenes had the dialogue improvised. Anyone else get that sense, like whenever The Rock said anything?

*spoilers kind of* Eastwood was a useless addition, there is no real ending, I hope Tyrese is clearing at least like 4 mil for these now, his character really held the movie together surprisingly. I want to see the next one be grittier and have Dom go on a one man mission to save Han who was never really dead. Also would like to see Tony Ja brought back and maybe bring in Keanu Reeves as the next villain?
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1:08AM on 04/14/2017
Im guessin Chris bumbray gave this review an 8 because he caught an outline of Dwaynes cock through his pants
Im guessin Chris bumbray gave this review an 8 because he caught an outline of Dwaynes cock through his pants
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1:55AM on 04/14/2017
Sorry, thats why I would give it an 8. So what else do you have in your arsenal of homophobic insults you sad sack of shit?
Sorry, thats why I would give it an 8. So what else do you have in your arsenal of homophobic insults you sad sack of shit?
3:00AM on 04/14/2017
You must have loved to be able to use the word homophobic today, congrats, you are officially an awesome person. And I wasn't being homophobic, in fact I said that in a very merry way.
You must have loved to be able to use the word homophobic today, congrats, you are officially an awesome person. And I wasn't being homophobic, in fact I said that in a very merry way.
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10:22PM on 04/13/2017
I normally try to be positive about anything that comes out because I know the amount of heart and effort that goes into making any film, but I fucking hate these movies. I know it's a raindrop in an ocean, but I won't give this franchise my money seeing it in a theatre.
I normally try to be positive about anything that comes out because I know the amount of heart and effort that goes into making any film, but I fucking hate these movies. I know it's a raindrop in an ocean, but I won't give this franchise my money seeing it in a theatre.
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3:13AM on 04/14/2017
Its tough sometimes when you have friends who are simpletons, and you get dragged into the hype and it becomes one of things where you see it just to see it, and ultimately you know you'll regret it, like a drug without the high. I've been adamant about not seeing the last 3 furious movies and I ended up having to sit through that crap
Its tough sometimes when you have friends who are simpletons, and you get dragged into the hype and it becomes one of things where you see it just to see it, and ultimately you know you'll regret it, like a drug without the high. I've been adamant about not seeing the last 3 furious movies and I ended up having to sit through that crap
11:54AM on 04/14/2017
Umm... no you didnt... you could have said "nah, im good" and done domething better with your time.
Umm... no you didnt... you could have said "nah, im good" and done domething better with your time.
7:13PM on 04/13/2017

From the guy

That gave Ghostbusters an 8/10, and cried SJW white washing of Ghost in The Shell, how can anyone trust his judgement.

These movies have gotten so fucking ridiculous, its headache inducing sensory overload like Transformers.

These movies are made for complete brain dead morons.
That gave Ghostbusters an 8/10, and cried SJW white washing of Ghost in The Shell, how can anyone trust his judgement.

These movies have gotten so fucking ridiculous, its headache inducing sensory overload like Transformers.

These movies are made for complete brain dead morons.
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9:17PM on 04/13/2017
Whoomp. There it is.
Whoomp. There it is.
3:10AM on 04/14/2017
I agree, if you say that whitewashing is what killed the domestic take for Ghost in the Shell, then you clearly have an agenda and are not looking at things objectively. General audience didn't have a clue what Ghost in the Shell was, it had a very Wachowski-type vibe to it, and it just didn't click. Now foreign markets I might have to agree, the last airbender suffered the same fate, but did excellent domestically because it easy to market here. I can never forgive the 8/10 for ghostbusters,
I agree, if you say that whitewashing is what killed the domestic take for Ghost in the Shell, then you clearly have an agenda and are not looking at things objectively. General audience didn't have a clue what Ghost in the Shell was, it had a very Wachowski-type vibe to it, and it just didn't click. Now foreign markets I might have to agree, the last airbender suffered the same fate, but did excellent domestically because it easy to market here. I can never forgive the 8/10 for ghostbusters, that was the last straw, and I knew that this guy has an agenda, and will give anything lgbtq/feminism/gender swap a great review
1:04PM on 04/13/2017
So it's a 6/10? Always gotta shave 2 points off a Bumbray review.
So it's a 6/10? Always gotta shave 2 points off a Bumbray review.
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1:16PM on 04/13/2017
You stole my line
You stole my line
3:01AM on 04/14/2017
its been more like 4 these days
its been more like 4 these days
11:59AM on 04/13/2017

Meh

Should of ended it at 7. They basically took when Letty was against them and switched it to Dom. Ill watch but online for free.
Should of ended it at 7. They basically took when Letty was against them and switched it to Dom. Ill watch but online for free.
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12:10PM on 04/13/2017
Ah but Letty was amnesiac, Dom just straight out double cross them. It's different!
Ah but Letty was amnesiac, Dom just straight out double cross them. It's different!
11:49AM on 04/13/2017

Just sitting here...

Waiting for the trolls to appear and call Chris Bumbray a fetus fucking cunt face because he gave this an 8/10. Someone will probably also reference the fact that he gave Ghostbusters the score. Probably be the same trolls who never actually read the article they just scroll to the score.
Waiting for the trolls to appear and call Chris Bumbray a fetus fucking cunt face because he gave this an 8/10. Someone will probably also reference the fact that he gave Ghostbusters the score. Probably be the same trolls who never actually read the article they just scroll to the score.
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4:45AM on 04/14/2017
You predicted the future!

Impressive... kind of.
You predicted the future!

Impressive... kind of.
4:45AM on 04/14/2017
You predicted the future!

Impressive... kind of.
You predicted the future!

Impressive... kind of.
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11:45AM on 04/13/2017
Sometimes, all you want is a good, cheap fast food burger. I've enjoyed these moves since the 5th one and they've hardly let me down. Even as just a stage for well done action (and I'd beg to differ on XXX, as the action in those films never reached FF good), this is an entertaining franchise. I have no problem with them keeping up the same thing for a few more chapters, as long as they don't get lazy on the stories and characters. The idea of Dom being a baddie against his crew is enough to
Sometimes, all you want is a good, cheap fast food burger. I've enjoyed these moves since the 5th one and they've hardly let me down. Even as just a stage for well done action (and I'd beg to differ on XXX, as the action in those films never reached FF good), this is an entertaining franchise. I have no problem with them keeping up the same thing for a few more chapters, as long as they don't get lazy on the stories and characters. The idea of Dom being a baddie against his crew is enough to make this feel at least kind of fresh, which seems like enough for a FF movie.
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10:28PM on 04/13/2017
Except this cheap fast food burger cost $250 million.

I know what you mean, I love schlocky movies, but something about this series is just so damn offputting to me. I can't stand them.
Except this cheap fast food burger cost $250 million.

I know what you mean, I love schlocky movies, but something about this series is just so damn offputting to me. I can't stand them.
11:34AM on 04/13/2017
Regardless of the score (low or high), I'm still going to enjoy Fast & Furious movie anyway.
Regardless of the score (low or high), I'm still going to enjoy Fast & Furious movie anyway.
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11:20AM on 04/13/2017

The shark has been jumped

I mean really, part 6 with the whole flying through the air on a bridge and catching each other was it for me. But driving on snow while kicking away a bomb with your foot? Dude, this is beyond ridiculous.
I mean really, part 6 with the whole flying through the air on a bridge and catching each other was it for me. But driving on snow while kicking away a bomb with your foot? Dude, this is beyond ridiculous.
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12:14PM on 04/13/2017
I think that's what did if for me too
I think that's what did if for me too
4:48AM on 04/14/2017
I think a certain amount of the fans know how ridiculous it is, and the franchise knows it so they have to set the bar higher every time.
I think a certain amount of the fans know how ridiculous it is, and the franchise knows it so they have to set the bar higher every time.
10:54AM on 04/13/2017
Ok. As a Fast & Furious movie, it's more of the same and that's pretty much a good thing for the franchise. But as a possible backdoor pilot for Jason Statham's character, I am sold! Somebody put him and Helen Mirren in a Deckard Shaw spinoff! Make it happen, Hollywood!
Ok. As a Fast & Furious movie, it's more of the same and that's pretty much a good thing for the franchise. But as a possible backdoor pilot for Jason Statham's character, I am sold! Somebody put him and Helen Mirren in a Deckard Shaw spinoff! Make it happen, Hollywood!
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