Weekly Movie Review: The Fate of the Furious

The Fate of the Furious; easily one of the franchise’s best

There are some things in life are so good that we just can’t get enough of them. Naps, vacations and losses by Tom Brady and the Patriots fall into this exclusive and illustrious category.  Instead, we’re given early wakeup calls, more time at work and Amy Schumer NetFlix standup specials, all things nobody in their right mind wants or needs. And then there’s another category, items that arrive with such regularity that they even surprise those who enjoy them. One of those surprisingly regular items landed in theaters this weekend.

The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment of the Fast and Furious films, is the story of Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) on their honeymoon, finally enjoying the normal life. However, that all changes rather quickly when Dom is wrangled into the world of international terrorism, turning against his loud, brash group of friends, who he so lovingly and frequently refers to as family.

Hoping to stop Dom and his puppet master’s evil and destructive plan, the old crew is reunited once again with a few new faces. The old crew is forced to hop around the globe, trying to stay one step ahead of Dom and the devastation he seems hell-bent on bringing about. However, that proves to be much easier said than done as at one point, cars literally begin falling from the sky. After an abundance of property damage, cheesy lines and even more testosterone-fueled fights, the group is faced with their toughest assignment yet: stopping the end of the world.

For most films to be successful, the antagonist must be as equally well written, perhaps even more so, as the protagonists. In this instance, The Fate of the Furious is incredibly effective. Charlize Theron, who plays the clever international criminal, Cipher, is perhaps the best thing about the entire film. She’s an intelligent, fully-fleshed out character, who you’re never really sure of her intentions until the last possible moment, and even then you’re left guessing.

One thing that doesn’t keep you guessing is the level of absurdity to which the story is willing to go. And it’s extremely high. The story is insane and ridiculously over the top, however it is in no way a hindrance to the film. Instead, it wholeheartedly embraces this fact, taking the audience along for a pretty enjoyable ride.

Even though the film is a bit too long at nearly two and a half hours, The Fate of the Furious is easily one of the franchise’s better films. 3.5 out of 5.