FAST & FURIOUS 8 (2017) Review
Directed by F Gary Gray
Now on its eight (!) installment, Fast & Furious is getting bigger not just in terms of crazy stunts but also in its cast as award-winning actors join the “family” of one of the most successful franchises in cinema.
After the death of Paul Walker, the Fast & Furious franchise needed to come up with something that will still acknowledge its predecessors while giving the audiences an engaging story to its announced last trilogy (parts 8, 9 and 10).
Here comes another villain to the franchise, Charlize Theron (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Cipher, considered as one of the most dangerous hacker in the world. But she needed someone who has the ability to do impossible things without being caught by any government or any special forces in the world.
See, the Fast & Furious franchise has become some sort of mania for big, ridiculous and physics-bending action sequences but has a decent story and a heart, which is the family that’s been formed from its previous installments. And it does keep on giving edge-of-your-seat and thrilling adventures that the audiences expects and wants from the film and with Fast and Furious 8 or The Fate of the Furious in the US, there is no sign of the series to veer away from that.
Fast and Furious 8‘s narrative is chaotic, it has a lot to tell as there are a lot of characters to accommodate in its two hours and forty minutes run time. But the film is ridiculously big, with over-the-top action sequences that will definitely please the fans of the franchise.
But the purpose of the installment is to produce a new trilogy for the franchise, and here Charlize Theron enters as the newest individual to create disorder to the family led by Dominic Torreto played by Vin Diesel. It’s easy to love Theron in most of her films, but it’s easier to hate her here in Fast & Furious 8. Even if you didn’t know where all the hate came or maybe the reason why she wants global chaos, it’s just Charlize Theron being that badass and infuriating character she flawlessly portrays.
It’s not the best in the series but it’s definitely not the worst. Fast & Furious 8 keeps its tradition in bringing crazy stunts with cars, and with this installment, a submarine, for the audiences to experience an adrenaline ride inside the cinemas.
3 OUT OF 5 STARS
“Fast & Furious 8” or “The Fate of the Furious” is now showing in cinemas in 2D, 4D and IMAX (2D) nationwide. Rated PG by the MTRCB.