Directed by: F. Gary Gray.
Written by: Chris Morgan.
Runtime: 2 hours 16 minutes.
Starring: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Scott Eastwood, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron.
Fast & Furious 8, also known as The Fate of the Furious, is a 2017 action movie and the newest installment in the Fast and Furious franchise. It follows Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) who, while in Cuba with his wife Letty (played by Michelle Rodriguez), is coerced by Cipher (played by Charlize Theron) into working for her and turning against his team.
This installment feels like a Fast and Furious movie from the moment it starts, like with each new one it gets bigger and bigger. Right at the start, we’re thrown into well-lit, brightly coloured scenes set in Cuba. We’re treated to a street race which I won’t tell you too much about, but there are some awesome moments involving motorbikes and it’s, for the most part, different to any other race we’ve seen.
It’s there in Cuba that we meet Cipher for the first time. She is actually a really great villain. I would say she’s just a big as previous villains, but she’s definitely the most resilient they’ve come up against. She has a lot of skill that is primarily focused on her hacking abilities, but it’s all revealed at a good pace and in a way in which we can all understand it.
Pretty much from the start, we’re thrown into the action. There’s a lot of explosions in this movie and, of course, a lot of cars. In this particular installment, there’s also a lot of technology involved.
Sure, some of the action sequences/stunts are a little unbelievable like previous installments and you have to suspend your disbelief just a little on ocassion. However, the sequences are paced so well and move in such a way that they’re captivating and incredibly easy to watch, it really doesn’t matter if all of them are believable or not. The action never lasts too long either so there’s never fear of getting bored or wishing they would just get on with it. One good thing about a big cast is that they’re able to swap between characters during certain action scenes to keep it interesting. Other sequences change up because various new factors are introduced. There’s always something.