The Fate of the Furious
Fate of the Furious: An Entertaining Ride that Steers off the Original Track
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
After the death of Brain (Paul Walker) in Fast and Furious 7, the audiences had one question in mind – How will the makers take the franchise forward? Since the first movie over sixteen years ago, we have seen the cast take down mercenaries, drug lords and the underworld with street racing as its central theme.
The latest in the series Fate of the Furious, writers Chris Morgan and Gary Scott Thompson have gone overboard in ensuring an adrenaline-pumping ride starting from the streets of Cuba to the icy plains of Russia.
Dom (Vin Diesel) is seduced by a notorious hacker Cipher (Charlize Theron) in a series of encrypted conversations. Following a mission in Berlin to retrieve a device, Dom turns against Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and the crew. Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) with his new trainee (Scott Eastwood) brings Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Deckard (Jason Statham) and the rest of the crew together to battle Cipher.
Featuring an ensemble cast, the movie focuses on how the crew teams with former villain Deckard even as they desperately try to stop Dom carrying out Cipher’s orders. The jailbreak sequence with Hobbs trying to stop Deckard from escaping is a delight to watch as they flawlessly bash up criminals and policemen. Hobss is invincible as a fighting machine charging against anyone in his way, while Deckard flawlessly executes his gymnastic skills.
Sitting behind a computer, Cipher oozes evil and wreaks havoc as she makes cars swarm the streets of New York and brings down cars atop buildings crashing down the road. Roman (Tyrese Gibson) sticks to his usual kiddish humor similar to his previous F&F outings while Letty’s role takes a backseat. Unfortunately, the film’s script lags behind with little importance to dialogues, but the action sequences seem to make up for it.
From Jason Statham’s rescue sequence on the top of a plane to the crew trying to escape from the Russian army, the action-packed sequences keep us on our toes. With luxury cars, tanks and jeeps swarming the film and a heavy dose of car crashing and explosive sequences, the movie starts to seem like a Transformers series, without the robots.
Director F. Gary Gray retains the original flavor of the film with some added slow-motion sequences. Despite its divided narrative that delves off its original storyline, Fate of the Furious manages to deliver a heart-pounding gripping ride with its ensemble storytelling.