The Fate of the Furious

If you haven't figured it out by now, the Fast franchise is nothing more than a showcase of the absurd. From its humble beginnings as a bunch of street toughs racing the streets of L.A., stealing DVD players out the back of trucks to literally saving the world from super villains. Every time I step foot in the theater to witness the shenanigans that are about to take place I think to myself "How the hell did we get here?" You know what, it really doesn't matter at this point. All you have to do is remove your brain from your skull, store it in a safe place for two hours and enjoy the ride.

We're eight movies in folks so if you've yet to see any of these movies I'm not about to give you a history lesson. This time around the Fast crew which includes Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson are enlisted to take on a cyber terrorist who goes by the name Cypher (Theron). She's out to grab some nukes but she needs the help of Toretto (Diesel) to help her get them. I mean why not, right? She, however, needs some ammunition to get him to help her. This is where the fate of our crew comes in to play. What would make Dom turn his back on family?

What follows is two hours of absolute insanity. From the first ten minutes where we see Diesel's Toretto do something, I'm not quite sure I've ever seen in a race sequence before to human beings guiding missiles across frozen tundra like they're curling. Everyone plays their roles as they have for the last 4 movies. As problematic as he is outside of these movies, Tyrese is always hilarious. The Rock has literally become the Hulk, Dom is Superman with his superpower being any car he can get his hands on, and Statham steals every scene he is in. Theron is also pretty damn great as the villain.

F. Gary Grey is the director of this installment and he manages to continue the tradition of one-upmanship by filming some of the craziest sequences with vehicles I've ever seen. To say he brought his own flair to the franchise would be a lie because this feels like 6 which felt like 7 which feels like this one. That isn't a bad thing because if you enjoy the others, there's no reason why you will not enjoy this one. They all follow the similar beats.

I really don't have much to say, if you enjoy action and have stuck with the series this long just go see the movie, you won't be disappointed.