The high-octane, loud and proud, car centred, action franchise rolls up with another installment. This time a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism, forcing him to betray those closest to him, and making him turn his back on the family. The crew face a host of new trials, that will test them like never before.
Plain and simple, The Fast and the Furious 8 (The Fate of the Furious) is an action film. It goes way over the top in many areas. The plot is simple, so no need to bring much brain. Just sit back and watch the guys, gals and cars take part in a series of fights and action sequences, pushing the limits of what you can do with a motor vehicle.
Fans are going to love this new installment, and thankfully it continues the trend started with 7, being better than its predecessor. Installment 6 was abysmal, 7 improved on this, and 8 is now at a point where it is pretty much watchable.
With the return of Dom (Vin Diesel – xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Guardians of the Galaxy), Deckard (Jason Statham – Furious 7, Wild Card), Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson – Moana, G.I. Joe: Retaliation), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez – Smurfs: The Lost Village, Fast & Furious 6), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges), new face Cipher (Charlize Theron – A Million Ways to Die in the West) and a nod back from Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell – Deepwater Horizon), fans get to see all their favourites.
While the series has its roots in street racing, there is only a nod to this at the beginning of the film, leaving room for some rather outlandish stunts and running / driving battles between the team and terrorists bent on global carnage and destruction.
Definitely not a thinking film, but with a massive, world-wide audience, and near fanatical following, The Fast and the Furious 8 is sure to have audiences flocking to see the film. And with the announcement that there is at least a 9 and 10 still to come, the studios seem to be very confident in this fact.
The Fast and the Furious 8, The Fate of the Furious opens 13 April 2017 in South African cinemas.