Last night I had the pleasure of going to the world premiere for The Fate of the Furious at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The saga like what Vin Diesel called it last night, has gone through a great deal of changes. Beginning as a ripoff of Point Break (if you haven’t seen it check it out) except they hanged up the surfboards for cars. Then little by little it began changing it into a James Bond style action film. One thing I could always say about the franchise, it’s a bunch of fun. Fate is no difference, really, if anything, it’s more exciting.
Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and the rest of the gang has been exonerated, the globe-trotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. When a mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can’t seem to get away, the crew will face trials that will test them as never before.
The series takes a dark turn with Dom (Vin Diesel) going rouge. Fate’s premise works good, yeah it’s predictable, but it’s exciting as well. I like the idea of seeing Dom, who is the best at what he does going against his squad. Even though they have fought other villains that have driven them to their limits. They have never fought anyone that experienced all their strengths and weaknesses like Dom does. Besides, it adds some well needed drama to the film.
Everyone is back from the previous movies. Obviously, except for Paul Walker, there is a lot of references to his character in the film, especially towards the end that is very heart warming. We get to see a lot characters return from the previous films making an appearance. I’m not going to be specific on who returns, trust me when you watch it, you’ll know why. Besides, I got to keep this thing spoiler free. Charlize Theron, Helen Mirren and Scott Eastwood are the newest addition to the franchises long cast list. For the most part the cast does a good job. Charlize is good playing bad, Tyrese is funny as usual and Dwayne and Jason some kickass combat scenes. They all get their moments to shine. It’s an action film I’m not expecting anything award winning.
This franchise is known for its crazy over the top action, Fate doesn’t disappoint. Most of the action is insane and unbelievable, but it looks amazing. You got cars going against a submarine, almost a hundred hacked cars creating a massive crash and a lot of other crazy stuff. On paper, it sounds silly, but the filmmakers make it work. The reason why it goes so well, it’s because they never take the film too seriously. They wanted to create a fun and funny ride. Guess what? They succeeded.
The Fate of the Furious does what it does best and that is to entertain us.
3 out of 4 Hats