Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Fate of the Furious

Petrolheads from across the globe have waited for this latest installment from The Fast and the Furious franchise, where street racing and car chases became the epitome of the hit action thriller saga. For the eighth installment, everything is about to change for Dom's crew as this latest chapter takes on a dark, gruesome, turn of events where new and familiar faces collide to topple a common foe and it's not what you think.

The Fate of the Furious
The Fate of the Furious signals the start of the franchise's finale trilogy, which will be followed with the ninth as well as the tenth (the final chapter of the Fast and Furious saga) by the next couple of years. Set after the dramatic events of Furious 7, Dom's crew are now living in a normal life until a mysterious femme fatale, named Cipher (played by Charlize Theron), seduced Dom to betray his only crew he called family and commit terrorism. With Dom now became a renegade, the crew have been summoned by a mysterious government operative called Mr. Nobody (played by Kurt Russell) and joining forces with battle-scarred federal agent Luke Hobbs (played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and notorious criminal mastermind as seen from Furious 7, Deckard Shaw (played by Jason Statham), the crew will criss-cross round the world to hunt down the man who made them a family.

With an all-star ensemble such as Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Dame Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood, and many others, The Fate of the Furious really is an ice-breaker in the world of action thrillers, literally. Mentioned the word "ice-breaker" on it because there's the part where the crew driving on the arctic until they got hounded by a submarine? Anyway, while this film's short on racing, more on car chases, this latest installment still has enough racing fuel to ignite longtime fans and newcomers alike with its signature FF thrills that will keep them hanging up to the very end where everyone will start guessing what happens next until the second part of the FF finale trilogy comes out soon.

Amazingly, the cars in the film can overshadow the cast of characters in F8 and while we might be seeing a wild roster of muscle cars and exotics, this film sees the debut of the "fastest car ever", the all-new 840HP Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Not bad for a product placement, huh? But this film will be better if these star cars will do the action more than the actors themselves. I mean, this is why this franchise was made for the love of fast cars?

Although this is no longer our average Fast and Furious flick we remembered since the beginning, The Fate of the Furious is the most exhilarating action thriller flick ever ignited for the spring season and like I said, this film is a real ice-breaker because it knows when and where this film will break the ice to deliver the high-octane boost this film needs.

My rating: 4.3 out of 5.

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