By this time if you are not familiar with The Fast and the Furious franchise then you may need to crawl back under that rock you’ve been living under for the past decade before the sun blinds you. The Fate of the Furious is the eighth film in what seems to be an infinite film series. A series that started off as a rip-off of Point Break, but with street cars, and has somehow evolved into a bond-esk espionage film still involving cars. The Fate of the Furious (henceforth abbreviated F8) continues that trend – be it a more Pierce Brosnan type of bond when considering the lunacy in which the street racers continue to save the world. Only this time it needs to be saved from a sexy superhacker/cyber terrorist (Charlize Theron) who has strong-armed Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), the family driven leader of the F8 crew, to go rogue and help her steal weapons of mass destruction in order to achieve world domination.
Overall I have enjoyed the franchise thus far – I even finding myself defending the not so beloved The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift from time to time. So you can imagine my disappointment when I walked out of this film and people felt they needed to defend F8 from me. The movie is not great – it’s not terrible, there are things to enjoy in it, but I honestly believe it is weakest Fast and the Furious movie to date.
The worst thing about the movie is how forgettable it is. I had to go back and re-watch trailers just so I could be reminded of some of the events that took place. You’d think I would remember an army of hundreds of electric cars being hacked and driving around Manhattan like a horde of zombies and falling of rooftops like rain – nope. I had forgot that ever happened until I re-watched the trailer after seeing the movie. And that’s just one example of many forgettable moments. Characters are just as forgettable as well. I couldn’t tell you the names of anybody who is not part of the already established crew from previous films without going to the F8 IMDB page.
The movie also doesn’t flow at all. Every scene just happens for the sake of happening and there is nothing that ties the scenes together. The past films were beloved due to the journey they took the audience on – whether that journey be throughout the underground street racing world of L.A. or internationally to exotic places around the world. F8’s journey, while still international, feels more like taking a trip through rush hour traffic while riding a city bus.
Now, as stated previously, not all of the movie is terrible. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham’s characters steal the spotlight with their quips and their action scenes are a lot of fun to watch. And, somehow, Vin Diesel manages to give a near tear jerking performance in a few scenes. So hats off to him.
However, it wasn’t enough to save the movie. Between the lack of storytelling, flat and forgettable characters, and sub-par dialogue (even by Fast and the Furious standards) all due to a very weak script I have to admit it is the weakest in the franchise. Fate of the Furious gets a rating of 2.75/5.