Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriquez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges and Kurt Russell return to the Furious franchise with Charlize Theron, Hellen Mirren and Scott Eastwood added into the mix.
I pride myself as one of the biggest Furious fans, while at the same time knowing when a movie will be great or be a bust. I was into this series the very summer the original came out in 2001. ‘Fate of the Furious’ isn’t better than ‘Fast Five’, ‘Fast & Furious 6’ or ‘Furious 7’ and it isn’t worse. It’s right on par with the greatness and excitement of the second half of releases in the franchise. Paul Walker and Jordana Brewster’s absence is felt, but it doesn’t hurt the movie as Dwayne Johnson’s increased hero role fills the void.
Expect all of the twists and turns that the previous movies have thrown our way. The type of twists that make you change how you see the franchise as an entirety. Like when you realized Letty wasn’t really dead, when you learned Letty and Dom were married at a previous time or that Han was killed intentionally by Deckard Shaw and it wasn’t just a typical car accident.
The most intriguing aspect of the film is the role reversal of Vin Diesel and Jason Statham. It’s like seeing two all-star players traded for one another and now those two teams are playing. It really mixes up the movie and makes you guess and think. It’s also an angle we haven’t seen in recent films. Charlize Theron is a dark and vicious villain, who constantly increases the intensity in the film. All of the car scenes are exciting and right on par with the finales seen in recent installments.
Final Rating: 9 out of 10