THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS is the eighth entry
in the long going Fast and the Furious car series where it has street racing and car chases.
The newest film also known as FAST & FURIOUS 8 or F8 follows the common themes of family and retconning what came
before. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is blackmailed into betraying his
crew by the deadly and beautiful cyber terrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron). His
crew including his wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) team up with Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), the mysterious government agency led
by Kurt Russell’s character, and enemy Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to find and stop Toretto from using the electromagnetic
pulse weapon to cause something worse, but they soon learn Cipher has bigger plans which includes a rogue Russian sub base
and nuclear missile codes.
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS has some great
action sequences and it is another fun sequel in the series even though I think the fifth and sixth installments were the
of the series. The street race in Cuba does have sexy beautiful girls along
with a street race where Dom follows a code of honor which comes into play later on in the movie (you just have to wait and
see how since I don’t want to spoil too many of the twists). New
flashy vehicles show up and even a skydiving rescue add to the number of things that happen in this movie as viewers wonder
if Dom and Letty will have a family. People do enjoy these movies and they keep
getting made because the Fast and the furious movies make tons of money at the box office.
There are two new installments planned and a spin-off film. If making
films like THE FATE OF THE FUIROUS makes sure than Vin gets another Riddick movie out of the gate (I rather see another film
with his anti-hero Riddick over Dom Toretto- no offense to fans of F&F films), I’m all for Vin Diesel making more
of them as long the plots don’t get incredibly dumb and the fun action sequences stop.
F8 manages to blend fun, humor, danger, and action to make this movie an enjoyable popcorn movie experience. I know the series can go on forever even though Universal Pictures would love for the series
to go on as long as it makes money. If you liked or loved the previous installments,
go see THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS as soon as possible.
Two extended fight scenes that take place
in the prison and the plane.
THE CUBAN SPIRIT- a featurette that goes
behind-the-scenes of filming in Cuba for three weeks for the
early scenes of the movie
IN THE FAMIL is a series of four character
BETRAYING THE FAMILY: CIPHER AND DOM
LEADERLESS: A FAMILY LOST
SHAW FAMILY VALUES
MEET THE NOBODYS
CAR CULTURE- a series of three car related
featurettes: THE HERO CARS OF FAST, ZOMBIE CARS (behind-the-scenes of the remotely controlled cars for one sequence in New
York City), THE RIPSAW (the tank vehicle seen in the climax and how they got it from the US Department
ALL ABOUT THE STUNTS focuses on behind-the-scenes
of the three major car stunt sequences: MALECON STREET RACE, ICELAND STUNT DIARIES (and how te=hey needed ice engineers to
make sure the ice lake was thick enough to hold the weight of vehicles racing across it), and THE STREETS OF NEW YORK (and
difficulties they faced)
Feature audio commentary with director
F. Gary Gary which is a leisurely chat about the various details of the movie and the story- only for diehard fans of the
There are two digital codes for the theatrical
cut of the movie and the extended Director’s Cut which Universal has made the odd and frustrating choice of making it
available via digital only because the DVD and the blu-ray only have the theatrical version of the movie.
Also included in the combo pack is the
theatrical cut in standard definition on DVD.
FINAL ANALYSIS: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS is good for fans of the series and the featurettes are OK (despite Universal leaving
the extended director’s cut off the blu-ray to have it as a digital only exclusive- bad move on hhome entertainment
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