Watching The Fate of the Furious is not all that bad

Watching The Fate of the Furious is not all that bad

The collection of The Fast and Furious movies are ones that, for me, will never get old. The idealism of family and exhilarating adventure is a continuous theme in each and every movie. Currently, there are eight movies along with two short films. The newest edition to complete the pack of eight is The Fate of the Furious. After the death of Paul Walker, one of the main characters named Brian O’Conner, I did not think that the movies would continue. When hearing that there was another Fast and Furious movie being made, I was overjoyed, as well as nervous that they would ruin the closure from the last movie. The Fate of the Furious was a decent film, as it did not leave me with as many questions in the ending as I thought it would, but in all the last movie, The Fate of the Furious, was subpar. It was definitely not the best, but it was not bad. I still liked it because the series is one of my favorites, yet it did not meet my expectations.

The movie came out on April 14, 2017, and was directed by F.Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan and Gary Scott Thompson. While they created a great eighth movie, the pace was as fast as the cars. There seemed to be a lot going on and it was hard to follow at times. Along with the fast cars, the stars in the movie seemed to have a difficult time taking their roles seriously. There were scenes that were supposed to make a character seem more intimidating and the person supposed to be intimidated seemed to smile instead of “act scared.” Other than the slightly bad acting, the action in the movie was pretty amazing. To be able to have hundreds of cars fall from a building, while still looking realistic, was very impressive. I also enjoyed the strong bonds between the characters.

Following the theme of being family oriented is backed up by the fact that the movie was like a family reunion, showing cast members from all of the previous movies made it bittersweet. Vin Diesel, who portrayed the main character Dominic Toretto, is the type of character who is the key figure to the main focus: family comes first. Everything he says and does is to protect the ones he loves.

Toretto’s family consists of his team, which includes Letty, played by Michelle Rodriguez, Roman, played by Tyrese Gibson, and Hobbs, played by Dwayne Johnson, as well as  others who come in here and there, and no matter how well Toretto knows them, he always treats them like family. Being the family guy, Dom was easily manipulated by Charlize Theron, who played the main antagonist Cipher.She had something that he wanted and needed. It was so important that Dom went against his own team and family, doing what she wanted just to get the thing nearest and dearest to his heart- his son. Cipher held Dom’s son like a dog bone just out of reach, threatening to hurt the mini Toretto and on instinct, Dom did everything he could to protect his son. For Dom’s team, they didn’t understand why Dom had turned on them. All they knew was he did and there was no way of reaching him. Every time Dom’s team thought they were ahead in the race, they were sadly mistaken and taken two steps back by Cipher and Dom. The question is does Dom actually turn on his team? His family?

The battle between the two teams was an epic fairytale. The likeliness of every car in a city being controlled by one person is slim to none, as well as a sub being controlled without a physical person on board. The events were very entertaining, but were so far from reality that they were almost comical. The movie, in general, was entertaining, and there were very few moments when I was bored, but again, they were comically impossible of being realistic. One of the main reasons I wanted to see this movie was because of the fact that it was a Fast and Furious movie. The cars, as usual, were cool and seemed to fit each character, and the ending was a happy. In all, it was an alright, decent movie. Going to see this movie will not be a waste of your time, and if you have seen the other seven, you might as well see the eighth.