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Fate of the Furious (aka Furious 8) (2017)

F8 of the Furious (2017)   42 members have voted

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The Fate of the Furious is pretty much what I expected: dumb as a post, but highly enjoyable. It's the least of the films since they found their footing with the fifth installment, but I still had many moments in which I couldn't help but smile at the deliriously absurd nature of its over-the-top spectacle. These films have done such a good job of embracing their leaps in logic and elevated machismo that it's easy to overlook problems that would sink more self-serious efforts. Once again, the stunts are aces and the ensemble cast - which gets a terrific assist from the always-stellar Charlize Theron as the most engaging villain of the series to date - is fun to watch. It won't win any new converts to the long-running franchise, but it's solid entertainment for viewers who were already invested in this universe.

 

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And now some Spoilery Stray Thoughts!

 

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- Elsa Pataky's character deserved way, way better than the fate she meets here. After giving her significant screen time in the fifth film, she barely appeared in the sixth and seventh installments, then shows up just to be held hostage and then murdered in this one. At least let her go out in one of the action sequences...

- As I'm sure will be the case for many viewers, I didn't buy Jason Statham's "death" for a second, but someone in the auditorium actually gasped when he returned in the third act.

- I'm disappointed that after all the hype feud, we didn't get some huge onscreen throwdown between Vin and The Rock. I guess he can tolerate candy-asses after all.

 

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Can't say it was high art or anything, and it probably won't get much rewatch out of me specially given its unnecessary length, but it was a blast to watch in the cinemas, especially in 4DXX, where I experienced it almost literally. That was great.

 

Theron was really good as the villain too, and the stunts and set-pieces are of course spectacular. A solid entry in the series. 7 / 10

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If Tyrese dies in 9 or 10 I'm gonna be pissed. He's always been my favorite character in this series ever since the first time I watched 2 Fast.

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9 hours ago, cheesypoofs said:

If Tyrese dies in 9 or 10 I'm gonna be pissed. He's always been my favorite character in this series ever since the first time I watched 2 Fast.

I don't think Roman is gonna be killed off in the sequels. He's too likeable to end in the same fate as Han, Giselle & Vince.

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I found the humor great with Tyrese making those silly one liners. I cracked at the black santa scene when he was presented with the car. The penis measuring contest between Statham and The Rock in their jail cells was hilarious. I found the action too much, redundant, and silly. The only action scenes I liked were the prison escape fight and NYC car chase.

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The Fate of the Furious's biggest problem comes from its tagline. "Family No More." The family focus is mostly gone here outside of a fantastic opening race and the very end of the film, and in its place is just quips. All the drama is relegated to Letty and Dom separately, and it feels wrong in a lot of ways. At its heart, Fast and Furious is half soap opera where you care about all the characters, half action movie with breathtaking spectacle and silly setpieces. This film only gets the latter right. It goes for a cheap new motivation rather than any of the previously set-up family stakes, and it just doesn't work. The loss of Walker/Brian is felt strongly, because without an everyman in the middle of it, it just feels kinda aimless.

 

The action as mentioned works well. The best moments are all lower scale, be it a prison break or the already commended opening race. The big setpieces feel forced, without any real hook to them (although self-driving cars admittedly come close). Statham steals the show in action and in character as he's the only thing that really feels fresh here. Theron is an alright villain but is underutilized in a lot of aspects. Eastwood is dreadful, making one wish for even the low charisma of Liam Hemsworth to make his role somewhat memorable.

 

However, The Fate of the Furious is an entirely forgettable endeavor. When the best moment of an action movie is a cameo of a character who by all accounts should not even still be alive, that cannot be viewed as a good thing. Gray tries his hardest, but The Fate of the Furious makes it clear that Furious 7 should've been the end of the franchise. A very disappointing film. C-

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@Blankments you should know you're one of my favorite reviewers on here and letterboxd. I'm too lazy to type reviews all the time or lengthy ones but lots of times I feel we see pretty eye to eye and I can always see why you would think that even if when we disagree I feel. 

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3 hours ago, Jay Hollywood said:

@Blankments you should know you're one of my favorite reviewers on here and letterboxd. I'm too lazy to type reviews all the time or lengthy ones but  75% of the time I'm like yeah what Blanks said

we don't always agree but I feel we see pretty eye to eye on most and I can always see why you would think that, which is most important. 

Awesome, man, that's great to hear. Thanks, I always like reading your opinion too (especially when you go into depth rather than just putting up a score haha)

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