Monday, 1 May 2017

The Fate of the Furious Review

The Fate of the Furious

Release Date: 12th April 2017 - Australia

Production Companies
Universal Pictures (presents)
Original Film 
One Race Films
Perfect World Pictures
China Film Co.

Universal Pictures Australia 

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 136 minutes

Budget: $250,000,000

Box Office Gross: $1,238,764,765 (Worldwide)

Plot Summary
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game-and the rest of the crew has been exonerated-the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of crime he can't seem to escape and a betrayal to those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashed chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Vin Diesel - Dominic Toretto 
Jason Statham - Deckard Shaw
Dwayne Johnson - Luke Hobbs
Michelle Rodriguez - Leticia
"Letty" Ortiz
Tyrese Gibson - Roman Pearce
Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges - Tej
Charlize Theron - Cipher
Kurt Russell - Mr. Nobody
Nathalie Emmanuel - Ramsey
Elsa Pataky - Elena
Kristofer Hivju - Rhodes
Scott Eastwood - Little Nobody
Patrick St. Esprit - DS Allan
Janmarco Santiago - Fernado
Luke Hawx - Miller
Tego Calderon - Leo
Don Omar -Santos
Celestino Cornielle - Raldo
Luke Evans - Owen Shaw
Helen Mirren - Madgalene Shaw (Cameo) (Uncredited)

Director - F. Gary Gray
Based on Characters - Gary
Scott Thompson
Writer/Producer - Chris Morgan
Executive Producers - Amanda Lewis and Samantha Vincent
Producers - Vin Diesel and Neal
H. Moritz 
Producer/Unit Production Manager - Michael Fottrell
First Assistant Director/Co-Producer - Cliff Lanning
Production Designer - Bill Brzeski
Costume Designer - Sanja Milkovic Hays
Director of Photography - Stephen F. Windon
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Spiro Razatos
Stunt Coordinators - J.J. Perry and Troy Robinson
Special Effects Supervisor - J.D. Schwalm
Visual Effects Supervisors - Kelvin McIlwain,
Jay Burton and Mike Wassel
Film Editors - Paul Rubell and Christian Wagner
Music - Brian Tyler

The eighth instalment of THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS series, THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS was thought it be inferior and would de-accelerate the franchise with the absence of the late actor Paul Walker. The film continues the series need for speed and with two more sequels underway, there's no lessening an impact that started the over-the-top car chases and stunt work. A near adrenaline rush that was not quite facing the articular standards of the predecessors like FURIOUS 7 (click here). It has a storyline that was essentially dark albeit still in a cheesy grin as Vin Diesel's hero turns rogue when he is won over by a vindictive femme fatale. Director F. Gary Gray takes over James Wan's duties after the hype from FURIOUS 7 died down in two years and keeps the formula intact on this one. The excitement of the movie has never faded and it has seemed to get bolder now and then.

The returning actors like Vin Diesel have always been in touch with the chemistry with the late Paul Walker until his sudden death. He is now one of the lead actors of the film sharing with Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez as he could not fill in Paul's shoes. Also with co-stars Jason Statham and Kurt Russell being the newest additions to the series as both actors return to their characters as the first is no longer their greatest foe but now is an ally to the good guys. Who is Cipher, the deadliest assassin that we have come across yet as Oscar-winner Charlize Theron dabbles her skills as a thespian to play the bad girl. Helen Mirren makes a surprise cameo appearance as her love for the series has brought her attention in a certain role.

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS is a semi-decent action blockbuster that almost derailed the quality of the series. It certainly got over with a new threatening villain and dark tone that it was the series' interesting and recent chapter. I highly recommend this feature for those in their teen and mature audiences as well as fans of the FAST AND THE FURIOUS series of films.

Star rating: (7/10) Good Movie

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