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.
Universal Pictures Latino has released the new international Fate of the Furious trailer! Check it out.
The film is being released on heels of 2015’s Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global blockbuster of all time.
Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been vindicated. The globetrotting team has finally found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime and betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage… and to bring home the man who made them a family.
The Fate of the Furious, Vin Diesel is joined by a returning all-star cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. In addition to Theron, the series welcomes newcomers Scott Eastwood and Helen Mirren. The film is directed by Straight Outta Compton director, F. Gary Gray.
Fate of the Furious is set for a spring release date of April 14, 2017.
What did you think of the trailer? Are you excited for the new movie in the Fast and the Furious Franchise? Let’s make a discussion out of it; leave a comment below!
Well, it’s here – the next big Disney movie that I have been hearing about for over a year now has finally had its first trailer released.
The first teaser trailer for Disney’s Moana was released this past Sunday online, giving everyone their first look at the animated musical. Not much is given about the story, however it does show off the beautiful visuals, as well as give us our first glimpse of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s character – the demigod Maui. Check out the teaser trailer below!
There have been reports of a Jumanji remake in the works for the past several years, and it looks like the ball is rolling in full force on the remake.
Jumanji has just added comedian actor Jack Black to the film. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson went to his Instagram account on Wednesday to announce the news.
Johnson, who was cast in the movie a few weeks ago alongside Kevin Hart, said about the movie: “In our reimagining of the story of Jumanji, Jack brings that rare balance of cool with funy and edge with childlike joy. The ‘Jumanji Breakfast club’ is coming together….myself, Jack (mf’n) Black and Kevin Hart.”
Johnson also noted that there are still two roes that have yet to be cast: “One bad ass girl. One semi-sorta bad ass dude.”
The reveal for this came shortly after Johnson assured the fans that that the new Jumanji remake will indeed honor the late Robin Williams, who was the star of the original 1995 film.
Johnson told fans: “An important thing that I want to be honest and bring up is Robin Williams…The love and respect I have for this man is boundless. You have my word, we will honor his name and the character of Alan Parrish.”
“I have an idea of what to do and I think his family will be proud,” the star added. “I also think Robin is somewhere lookin’ down and laughing, remembering the first time we met backstage and I (for the first time ever) was a star struck bumbling idiot.”
Some people are still very skeptical of the project, and think that it should still be left alone. I am not among that group. I am very much looking forward to this movie. Everything that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has touched over the past several years has turned to gold. And I am expecting the same with this Jumanji movie.
The Jumanji remake is set to be releases on July 28, 2017.
On Tuesday Vin Diesel shared the first official Furious 8 poster via his Facebook page, which features just him looking out to an empty road. Furious 8 marks the first film in the franchise to not feature Paul Walker, who tragically died in a car wreck in November 2013.
Paramount Pictures is ready to dive in with its movie transfer of the global hit TV series Baywatch. It has already been announced that Seth Gordon will be directing the film and that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron are set to play the male leads.
It is now being reported by Deadline that Paramount Pictures has a short list of actresses who will test for the female lead.
The names being reported are: Alexandra Daddario (San Andreas, Percy Jackson), Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars, Elvis & Nixon), Nina Dobrev (Vampire Diaries), Alexandra Shipp (Straight Outta Compton, X-Men Apocalypse), Shelley Hennig (Teen Wolf), Bianca Santos (The Duff) and Denyse Tontz (Big Time Rush).
The film is set to start it’s production in early 2016. So by then we should know more about who from this list was cast, and who not on this list made it on.
Who knows if this is going to be any good. But at this point I’ll watch anything that has Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in it. Adding beautiful women to a film never hurt either.