Director – F. Gary Gray
The furious franchise has been very consistent with dropping a film every other year. Now 8 movies in where else could they possibly go or do that we hadn’t already seen before? Some viewers may just need a pit stop. I am interested to see how the movies swerve having to move forward without furious original Paul Walker. The marketing was genius with using “the fate” to play off of where this crew was going to go next. The series had no other alternative but to got the civil war route even publically playing up a manufactured feud between co-stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s. Their beef was about as real as a marriage in Hollywood as I don’t think that there is anyone who actually bought the idea there was actually tension between the two. Controversy creates cash so let’s see if producers could sell audiences on racing to go see an eighth installment.
Dominic Terreto (Vin Diesel) and Letty Ortiz ( Michelle Rodriguez) are celebrating their honeymoon when Dom is approached by international criminal Cypher (Charlize Theron) to convince him to work for her. The furious family is trying to fit back into society leading normal lives until Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock Johnson) is asked to receive an exclusive EMP device and enlists on his team to aid him in the mission. After the heist Dom turns his back on his crew retrieving the EMP device for Cypher. Hobbs is captured and incarcerated in the same facility where former furious villain Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) has been imprisoned. Hobbs and And Shaw are broken out by Frank Petty (Kurt Russell) as he reunites Hobb with his team. The squad is informed they would have to work together with former nemesis Shaw to capture Cypher and try to learn the truth behind Dom’s motives and his shocking act of betrayal.
“Keep your car your respect is good enough for me.”
“Your team is about to go up against the only thing they can’t handle….you”
“I’ve seen that look in his eyes, I’ve seen that look before, Dominic Terreto just went Rouge”
“The problem with putting a foot on a targets neck is that you can never let it up”
“Now I know what it feels like when every single cop is chasing us”
“I finally figured out rule number 3, there are no rules”
“They say never turn your back on family I want to thank you all for never turning your back on me”
- The opening street race in Havana
- The wrecking ball getaway scene
- Prison escape fight sequence
- Gods eye search
- The shot where Letty has one hand on a briefcase Connor has a gun to her and Dom has a gun to Conner.
- Fight scene between Dom and Connor
- Deckard escaping with the baby
- Sub marine missile launch
Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jason Statham, Charlize Theron Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russel.
The crew comes to bat like they always do. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has the best lines about how he is going to kicks someones ass. He stayed true to form like it was Monday night Raw is war in his hey day. Tyrese is always good for comedic relief as well. I have to give credit to a standout performance from Vin Diesel. This to me was his best outing on the big screen. The scene with Doms former flame Elena where he found out he had a son was incredible. Also he had a nice sequence in a conversation with Deckard Shaw’s mother. Vin normally gets a bad rap for being too robotic but he exhibited some great acting chops here. Also The furious franchise continuously is able to provide more star power by bringing in A-list actress Charlize Theron. Her monologues are masterful as she brings so much value from a performance aspect.
For the first time the Furious Family go face to face with their former leader Dom Terreto in New York City in a battle over a nuclear football. This scene is riveting with jaw dropping stuntwork, cars piling up on each other, vehicles going on autopilot and a shootout chase. The team is able to corner Dom and his new bad ass suit with Dom being able to pull off a miraculous escape.
In furious fashion, this film has no shortage of action, It is remarkable how this franchise has transformed from a saga of illegal street racing to a global phenomenon. This movie was very suspenseful as I was intrigued throughout to see what was Dominic’s motivation for turning his back on the crew would be. Those drums that would kick in every time Dom with his new attitude would appear on-screen though. The visual effects and amazing stunt work were not as abundant in this film as opposed to the last few but this was clearly the most intense. This film does a great job of taking it’s time to tell a story while providing eye-popping moments you can’t look away from. There is always going to be that constant change of style with a new person in the directors chair every film and you can see a dramatic shift in each. The franchise is still cool as hell to watch no matter how unrealistic they become with over the top fantasy, fictional fight sequences and that no one ever really dies. I appreciate the artistic value and the performances as well as flashbacks to former furious films. Plus there is a touching tribute to the late Paul Walker. This had the biggest global weekend opening at box office ever as of writing so the interest is still there and the fate of the furious franchise is still in great standing.
– Caleb Raves