The Fast and furious franchise has held action movie lovers spellbound for 10 years and it doesn’t seem they are about to stop. However, since the 5th installment was released in 2011, it appears the franchise has deviated from its origins in street racing towards the heist genre. This appears to have worked and helped the 6th and 7th instalment break the box office records, even as the 8th aims to continue the trend. And it’s worked.
Irrespective of the plot, wish a lot of the time defies human logic and contains a healthy dose of fun, viewers are not in the least bothered provided the action sequences provides the wow moment that made them sit through 8 parts of the movie. Chris Morgan makes his way to the production for his sixth written part, just as F. Gary Gray, sits on the directors chair. The story follows the 7th instalment where Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on a honeymoon in Cuba, and their fun gets interrupted, when hacker villain Cipher (Charlize Theron) ambushes Dom and black mails him to do her bidding.
Nice plot isn’t it? But why is Fast and Furious 8: The Fate of the Furious not worth the hype? Here’s why we think so.
Warning! Spoiler alerts about certain action scenes.
The Villain Appears Weak
This doesn’t appear to be the fault of Charlize Theron but her relegation to the sky for most of the movie and the fact that she never gets to come face-to-face with the crew, except for Dom, makes an uncomfortable watch. rest of the diverse crew. The movie fails to give the Villain Cipher, any hands-on action which affects the whole setup of the movie.
The Movie Is Too Serious
One reason people have loved the franchise is that it follows the typical dumb action movie blockbusters line and The Fate of the Furious seems to deviate. The movie follows a serious plot (which has been done before) but fails to have fun along the way making it bland, lacking colour and energy. The humour and wise-cracks the movie has been known for is absent for most of the film, making it more serious than viewers wish for.
The Cast Seems Smaller
While this may sound funny, given the numbers of characters that appear, we can’t help to notice the absence of Gisele (Gal Gadot) and Han (Sung Kang) left at the end of Fast & Furious 6 to maintain continuity, and Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) left after Furious 7, due to the death of Walker in a car accident. These actors brought depth and dynamism to the group which is noticeably absent now.
The Fate of the Furious further divides this small cast by pitting everyone else against Dom which is made even more terrible when he seeks help from outside, instead of asking his loyal gang that he calls family for help.
Fast and Furious was fun because it was about the while team and the fact that the 8th instalment took that away creates heavy drama which inhibits the free-flow of the movie.
The Fast Cars Has Lost Its Thrills
The movie opens with a race between Dom, and his cousin’s Cuban enemy, with both racers using two very opposite cars; one that has seen better days and the other, a modern one. The scene finishes with Dom reversing over the finish line to earn a narrow victory which is something the franchise always aspires for.
However, the crazy action sequences the franchise is known for doesn’t come till almost midway in the movie and for a movie that runs for 2 hours and 16 minutes, that’s a pretty long time to wait for. A scene worthy of mention is when Cipher (Charlize Theron) – the film’s hacker villain – hijacks the city’s car through zero-day exploits on the software end, turning them into self-driving bots for her own use, followed up with a scene where lots of cars exit a high-storey garage and fall onto the cars below making for great carnage.
The self-driving cars didn’t catch much attention as much as Dom and Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) driving those fast cars which was what happened when the gang literally latches onto Dom’s car to stop him. The most unbelievable scene should be when Hobbs tells Roman (Tyrese Gibson) to take the wheel as he gets out of his car, and pushes away a torpedo! Utterly ridiculous, but that’s the kind of action the audience craves for which is few and far between in Fast and Furious 8.
Should You Watch Fast and Furious 8?
Why not? Even though you may have difficulty sitting through the whole of it. Die-hard fans of the franchise probably don’t care for the mistakes but it’s still worthy of mention that the 8th instalment lacks colour, flavour and the sentiments that have made it one of the most successful movie franchise ever made. It is our hope that the next two entries scheduled for release in 2019, and 2021 will do enough to get back on course and find the groove that made us all fall in love with it.