(Rated PG-13) 3 Cars (out of 4)
Let’s be honest, the “Fast and Furious” films are high budget B-movies that make tons of money basically following the same, but slightly altered story line. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the aforementioned facts, as if you are a fan of these movies, those are the very reasons you enjoy the film series. It’s hard to believe this film series began back in 2001, and continues on despite the tragic death of star Paul Walker.
The previous film, “Furious 7”, dealt with Walker’s death in a very classy, but tear jerking way. Vin Diesel returns as Dominic “Dom” Toretto, along with his co-stars in “The Fate of The Furious”. The story begin with Dom and Letty Ortiz (MIchelle Rodriguez) celebrating their honeymoon in Havana, but their lives soon turn sour with Dom crosses paths with the villain of the film, Cipher (Charlize Theron), a cyber-terrorist, who “convinces” Dom to join her on a mission. Prior to his meeting with Cipher, Dom and his co-horts: Roman (Tyrese Gibson); Tej (Ludacris); and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), have been recruited by Diplomatic Security Service agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), to retrieve a EMP (electromagnetic pulse) device from a military outpost in Berlin, Germany. During the exciting mission, Dom goes rouge and joins Cipher. After enduring a brief visit to the pokey, Luke gathers the team in an effort to stop Cipher, of whom they discover is after various items including a nuclear submarine located in Russia.
Luke and the team are joined by Deckard (Jason Statham), an enemy of the group forced to join them by government agent Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell), thus providing plenty of opportunities for Luke and Deckard to exchange witty and threatening dialogue. Meanwhile, back in the new world of Dom, (spoiler alert!!), he discovers he is a father, thanks to a revelation by Cipher. Thus, Cipher has ammunition to use against her reluctant partner. All of the characters have a final showdown in Russia where the nuclear sub is located, and the action is relentlessness. In addition to the appearance of Stateman, Luke Evans makes a brief, but memorable, return as Deckard’s brother Owen. New cast member Scott Eastwood, appearing as Little Nobody, a underling to Mr. Nobody, is quite effect as an agent-in-training who tries a bit too hard, resulting in many hilarious moments. There is also a surprise cameo by a famous British actress of whom I will not mention here less to spoil the surprise. Let’s just say said actress has visited the Oscar podium.
All the actors fall into their familiar roles with ease, and the patter and chemistry between Johnson and Stateman was bursting off the screen. Villain Cipher, as portrayed by Theron, keeps herself in check, as the character could have easily gone over-the-top. She is like a viper coiled and ready to strike. Meanwhile, Diesel and his other co-stars are all given their chance to shine, and are given some time to emote between all the massive action sequences. Speaking of action sequences, the climatic segment featuring the submarine against the various vehicles, on ice no less, is extremely impressive. The plot to these movies is basically just needed to fill in time between the bombastic action sequences with the cars and other assorted modes of transportation. If you are looking for a fast paced action film to ward off the stresses of everyday life, “The Fate of the Furious” is your ticket to ride.