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‘The Fate of the Furious’ Review: More Explosions, Less Focus On Storyline

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Another action-packed Fast and the Furious movie adds to Vin Diesel‘s impressive acting career, which shouldn’t be discounted considering what he’s doing thus far. After the success of “Furious 7” becoming a global phenomenon and making everyone cry due to Paul Walker‘s death before its release, “The Fate of the Furious” comes with a talented cast that is in sync, more explosions topping all previous ones, and less focus on storyline to make it an enjoyable ride for the audience.


The movie’s plot picks off right after the events of “Furious 7.” Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon in Cuba, Brian and Mia retired from the heist missions and the remaining crew members just relaxing. Once Dom does his little car race with a stranger (who is important later on) and thinking about starting a family with Letty, things turn into tailspin being approached by cyberterrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron). She forces Dom to do her villainous missions in not only betraying the team, but reverting back to the Dom of old.


It’s interesting to see director F. Gary Gary take this angle for the movie. When you are watching the movie there are gonna be hints on why Dom suddenly turn his back on the crew (spoiler alert: in the beginning). In addition, going up against Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Letty, Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) and a new character Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood) is nothing to sneeze about. Heck even the emergence of Deckard (Jason Stathom) shows that anything is possible with the crew on doing whatever it takes in stopping their former leader.


Adding explosions, funny jokes and instant car chases puts the movie to another level. The production team really dig deep on their budget, which is $250 million, in destroying so many cars as if they don’t give a crap. Johnson as Hobbs looks bigger, rip and somewhat superhuman in most scenes. His leaderships skills shouldn’t be undervalued as he knows how to put the team in good situations. Everyone else just did their roles correctly and it can’t be complete without Roman providing hilarious jokes even in dangerous moments. But what really stole the show is Deckard and his past relationship with Cipher. This now opens the door for future storylines on the next one, along with another surprise that has to do with Dom’s life.


Still if you were pumped up about this movie, watch it right away. While some of its original roots from the other seven Fast movies, it’s another solid step for the franchise. Diesel keeps delivering blockbuster Fast and the Furious movies and that is okay for the fans, who aren’t criticizing it like a potential best picture Oscar nomination.

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