|By:||United States of America|
|Director:||F. Gary Gray|
|Genre:||Action, Crime, Thriller|
|Duration:||2h 40min (160 min)|
When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.
On April, the 14th the Fast and Furious franchise will explode into cinemas with the eight instalment, entitled The Fate of the Furious Full Movie. Directed by franchise newcomer F Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) The Fate of the Furious (a.k.a Fast and Furious 8) has a whole host of big expectations to meet after the billion dollar success of Furious 7. That shouldn’t worry Vin Diesel and company to much as the franchise seems to exist in order to defy expectations; the fact that it’s now on its eighth film, with plans made for the series to reach a whopping ten films, shows that thrilling car chases, ridiculous heists, and hammy acting that has made the films so popular has no signs of slowing down.
After the globe-trotting events of Furious 7, and the emotional goodbye to dearly departed star Paul Walker, Fast and Furious 8 Full Movie has Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew enjoying retirement. The events of the last three films have taken a toll on the team. In spite of gaining new allies, like Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson, and Frank Petty (Kurt Russel), the team has been up aginst the Shaw brothers, losing friends along the way. So the retirement, the one that was promised after the bank job in Fast Five, is finally in effect.
Dom and his wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are enjoying a belated honeymoon in Cuba. After capturing Deckard Shaw at the end of Furious 7, Dom’s crew have had all charges againt them dropped and earned their freedom. Dom an Letty are enjoying their new life, which is basically their street racing old life but without the heists, when the mysterious Cipher (Charlize Theron), a criminal mastermind with unknown intentions, blackmails Dom into working for her.
Which means that Dom must turn on his team making him public enemy number one. Since Dom is the most dangerous man in the franchise his team are tasked with bringing him down. They will need help, help that comes in the unlikely form of Furious 7 villain Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). Together they must chase Dom through New York, all the way to an arctic finale, because all of them together, all trained, and loved by Dom, all family, together they might be able to take him down.
If the trailers are anything to go by the team have their work cut out for them.
After the success of Furious 7, a film that became the fastest film to make a billion dollars at the time of its release, an eighth Fast and Furious film was immediately greenlit. Furious 7 marked the final appearance of Paul Walker, who had sadly died during production. Part of the reason that an eighth film was green lit had a lot to do with Walker according to Vin Diesel who told MTV:
“I was trying to keep it close to the vest throughout the release. Paul Walker used to say that [an eighth film] was guaranteed. And in some ways, when your brother guarantees something, you sometimes feel like you have to make sure it comes to pass... so if fate has it, then you'll get this when you hear about it. [Furious 7] was for Paul, [the eighth film] is from Paul.”
Since Walker’s character was retired in Furious 7 it’s likely that Jordana Brewster, who played Walker’s wife, and Diesel’s sister Mia Toretto won’t appear in the eighth film.
Despite the success of Furious 7, it’s director, James Wan decided not to return for the follow up. Replacing him is Straight Outta Compton director F Gary Gray, who is a good fit for the film thanks to his experience directing the 2003 remake of The Italian Job, which also starred Charlize Theron. Before the announcement that Gray would fill the directors chair Diesel had expressed the desire to have Rob Cohen, who directed The Fast and the Furious, return to the series.
Producer Neal H Moritz will return as will writer Chris Morgan, who has penned his sixth script for the series. Mortiz told ScreenRant that The Fate of the Furious would see the franchise move away from action heists to something akin to a spy thriller:
“We’re trying to do what we always do, which is try to come at it from a character point of view and figure out where the characters would go from here. I think the thing that’s made The Fast and the Furious special is obviously we have incredible action and so on. But the thing that people really relate to the most is the characters. We’re lucky that we have a lot of great characters. Unfortunately, we don’t have Paul anymore. His character… has moved on. But we feel like there’s a lot still to be mined. That’s where we’re starting. We’re really talking about the characters, where they all sit right now. It’s a huge challenge.”
The film will also be the longest of the series to date. Taking a leaf out of recent superhero blockbusters, Fast and Furious 8 will be 160 minutes long, which is a lot of action to fill the runtime, even for Diesel and co.
The franchise’s star, Diesel returns to his career best role as street racer, criminal, and all round family man Dominic Toretto. In Fast 8, Toretto is forced to turn against his family and friends by the villainous Cipher.
Dwayne Johnson is one of the biggest reasons for the franchises longevity. Joining way back in Fast Five, Johnson’s Luke Hobbs leads the team in Dom’s place as they try to stop whatever Cipher has planned for him.
Rodriguez is the only member of the cast that has been there since the first film. After recovering her lost memories in Furious 7, Dom and Letty are living a good life, until Cipher turns Dom rogue. If anyone can get through to him, it’s Letty.
The franchise resident comic relief, Pierce first appearance was all the way back in 2 Fast 2 Furious. As the teams, lovable coward, who always ends up doing the craziest stunts, Pierce returns to the team in order to help catch Dom.
Part of a comedic double act with Roman Pierce, Bridges plays the team’s master mechanic Tej Parker. Bridges, aka Ludacris, is the guy to go to for hilarious reaction shots to the franchise more crazy moments.
Statham was in his element as Furious 7’s seemingly unstoppable Deckard Shaw, the highlight being a ridiculously entertaining beat down with Johnson’s Luke Hobbs. Shaw, having failed to get revenge for his brother: Six’s villain Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), was locked up at the end of the last film. The Fate of the Furious is bringing him out of retirement as part of the team to catch Dom. Expect every scene Statham has with Johnson to pop in all the right ways.
Rescued during the event of Furious 7, Game of Thrones’ Natalie Emmanuel plays hacker Ramsay who is now a member of Dom’s team.
It seemed like immediately after Charlize Theron’s career-defining role as Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury Road, that the minds behind Fast and ~Furious snapped her up for villain duties. The trailers have been coy about how powerful Cipher is, powerful enough to have a tricked-out submarine lying around, and how she could make Dom betray his friends, but Theron in all her dreadlocked glory seems to be having a blast as the franchise’s first main female villain.
With his appearance in Furious 7, The Hateful Eight, and this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, Kurt Russel is enjoying a late career resurgence. This will continue as Russel returns a Frank Petty: the leader of the shadowy covert ops team that helped Dom and his crew capture Deckard Shaw. This time he has to use his dangerous resources to go after Dom.
Pataky plays Elena Neves, Hobbs’ partner and one time love interest of Dom.
The franchise is getting two doses of thespian class with Oscar winner Helen Mirren joining Charlize Theron in the films female ranks. Mirren will play the mother of the Shaw boys. Expect her appearance to set up future films in the series.
Fast and Furious 8 (The Fate of the Furious) full movie promises to smash the expectations if a franchise that got good at doing that three films ago. It’s part of the DNA that runs through the series, an ease in which it can reinvent itself proving how elastic its concept actually is.
To watch Fast 8 full movie, will be to experience how far the series has come from its Point Break in cars roots. It’s probably the only movie franchise whose later movies mark an upturn in quality. While they will never be considered great cinema, The Fast and the Furious franchise has always been great spectacle: merging nitro-filled car chase, well-choreographed punch-ups, and a simple but relatable theme of family values.
Fast & Furious 8 faces the same challenge of each film that came after Fats Five: be better, and make more money. While the quality of films six and seven might not match five, the series has taken great pleasure in one upping the previous films in the action stakes. The stories are simple, the characterisations are simple, it’s popcorn filmmaking made by directors who have a better grasp on complex set pieces than all of the Transformers films combined. Like the previous entries, The Fate of the Furious goes bigger, which is no mean feat following the flying car action from Furious 7. So how do you follow up a billion-dollar movie that said a tearful goodbye to one of its most enduring stars? Throw out the rule book.
While the hero turning against their friends isn’t a new technique, having Dominic Toretto turn against the people he considers family is a game changing move, made all the better as it contrasts to the themes of the previous film. For a series that is now eight films long it’s admirable that they keep finding fresh ways to mess with their formula. In the last two films the team have taken on the Shaw brothers, foes that have been more than a match form them and caused irreparable damage, especially the one-man army that is Deckard Shaw. While beating them was a team effort, the final battle was always down to them and Dom: his plan, his crew, his fight. Which means that a turncoat Dom is more dangerous than both the Shaw brothers, and as the trailers make abundantly clear, it will take more than the team have to take Dom and Cipher down.
As for the controversy surrounding the films actors, mainly Dwayne Johnson’s coded insult to vin Diesel. Part of the reason that the series is still so strong was the inclusion of Johnson in Fast Five, a role that gave the actor formerly known as The Rock, the flatteringly rude nickname of Franchise Viagra. Vin Diesel is a true force in Hollywood action films: with three iconic characters in Xander Cage, Riddick, and Dom Toretto, and his return to the XXX franchise giving the studio that produced it their biggest hit to date. Johnson may be the only current action star that can match Diesel at the box office; and their enemies-to-brothers progression in the last three Fast and Furious films have consolidated both actors positions as box office gold. They are the two premier action stars, and the series has been a great platform for their talents, as well as adding Jason Statham into the bargain.
It is entirely possible that Johnson’s post was a publicity stunt, something to get the Johnson vs Diesel spirit of 'Fast 8' into fans minds before the movie hits theatres. Maybe not, but given that Dwayne Johnson’s Lucas Hobbs will be the reason many fans watch Fast and Furious 8 online, it’s unlikely that Johnson will eject himself from the franchise over Diesel’s apparent bad behaviour.
The Fate of the Furious promises to be the best movie yet in the franchise, with bigger action, a butt -numbing runtime that most blockbusters have, the ability to attract Oscar-winning talent like Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren, and that it has the characters in a position we haven’t seen before: family vs family.
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