Image Courtesy of Celebzee.com From Left Charlize Theron as “Cipher and Right Vin Diesel as Dominic “Dom” Torretto In “The Fate of the Furious”.
If XXX The Return of Xander Cage is a mind-blowingly stupid film then, Fate of the Furious is a far more enduring film. The problem here may be, the lack of a real human connection. As the film hangs on one and without it entirely comes apart. For those having paid careful attention to the events in the franchises last three films will not surprised by the twist that the audience is given in the film’s first act, but it’s the sole reason Dom (Vin Diesel) has gone “Rogue” as the trailer suggests. It’s also the Reason Cipher, Charlize Theron appearing blonde and braided down to the bum, has complete control over him in the octennial entry to the “Furious franchise”.
Assembling the team seems to take no effort today as it shouldn’t, which traditionally in the past was an excuse visit an exotic locale or to set up an impromptu race. Fate seems to spend no time on this clocking in at 2hrs and 16 minutes with bumper-to-bumper action and explosions, which must get tiring for the director. As the franchise has made this position quite a revolving door having been ignited by Rob Cohen and Fate employing Italian Job director F. Gary Gray. However, Director of photography Stephen F. Windon having recently lensed Star Trek Beyond has been with the franchise since Tokyo Drift, nonetheless having mastered the Furious look.
Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) loves his time off from work and as direct result of it has become his daughter’s enthusiastic soccer coach. That is until works knocks on the door in the form of DS Allan (Patrick St Espirit), because an EMP device has been stolen. Which brings the team together in Berlin to retrieve it from an un-mentioned evil-doer. Knowing little about Dom and Cipher’s plans for it.
This finds Hobbs locked up and without options until Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) and his replacement in training Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood) show up offering a hand. What Hobbs doesn’t expect however, is that he’ll be accompanied by Dekard Shaw (Jason Statham). Creating an unexpected duo that is polar opposite to events seen in Furious 7.
The loss of Paul Walker’s Brian O’Connor is felt here and it can’t seem to be helped either as mention is made of the happy life he created for himself in the last installment. Reactions are heartfelt, but a promise was made at some point to leave him out of it. Possibly for the better, as Vin Diesel and universal have plans for two additional installments within the franchise.
Fate of the Furious is an altogether entertaining film with an over the top opening sequence, that has if noting else become a staple, in a starting-to-fade franchise. If Vin Diesel could stir this franchise to a more philosophical standpoint, something memorable may be created from it. However, the film has one scary sequence in which Cipher takes over auto-piloted vehicles to go after a desirable target of hers. Notwithstanding, things continue onward without a moment’s hesitation, but then again so has the franchise.