In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.
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 of 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, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world's stage... and to bring home the man who made them a family. Written by
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As improbable as it may sound, this is the biggest, best and most entertaining "Fast and Furious" film yet!
Amping up the action ante. (Of course that's a real phrase! I just made it up!) Movies have been doing it with vehicles since 1968's "Bullitt", 1980's "The Blues Brothers" and 1982's "The Junkman" (which destroyed more than 80 cars, 103 cars, and more than 150 vehicles, respectively, according to carthrottle.com). Then came the "Fast and Furious" movies. "Fast Five" is currently third on that cinematic auto casualty list, with 260 cars destroyed, while the films have claimed well over 1,000 vehicles, as a franchise. (2003's "The Matrix Reloaded" is number two, at 300 vehicles, and 2011's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" currently holds the record, having sent a whopping 532 cars to the scrap heap. "The Blues Brothers" now stands at #8.) Of course, with the F&F movies, it's not just about the numbers; it's about the creativity. "Fast & Furious 6" showed us the destructive power of a large safe being dragged up city streets at high speeds and "Furious 7" included a car driving straight from the upper floors of one skyscraper to another and a bunch of cars "jumping" out of an airplane! Is it even possible for "The Fate of the Furious" (aka "F8", PG-13, 2:16) to top those scenes? Apparently it is! As the movie opens, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) are enjoying a quiet honeymoon in Havana, Cuba, and talking about possibly starting a family, when Dom gets involved in a street race on behalf of a relative. The thrilling race sequence concludes before the movie's opening credits, giving the impression that we have just seen a mini movie and one that was almost worth the ticket price all by itself. But this is the eighth "Fast and Furious" movie, so we're just getting warmed up. Movie Fans get a hint of the chaos to come during an encounter between Dom and a woman called Cipher (Charlize Theron), who insists Dom come work for her and seems to have some leverage on him.
Former DSS agent and current Toretto "family" member Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is busy enthusiastically coaching his daughter's soccer team when he's approached by a government agent who tells him about an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) generator that has been stolen in Europe. Hobbs calls Dom, who assembles his other team/family members (played by returning cast members Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Nathalie Emmanuel as the brilliant computer hacktivist, Ramsey) and they're off to Berlin. After the team recovers the EMP, Dom shocks everyone by suddenly running Hobbs off the road, taking the EMP, putting it into his vehicle and then leaving Hobbs behind to get arrested.
No one knows why Dom has turned on his family and is working with a psychotic cyber terrorist like Cipher, but they're all anxious to find out. That includes mysterious government agent Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell), who arranges for Hobbs to bust out of prison and forces him to work with old enemy Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to help the team (now joined by a very green agent played by Scott Eastwood) to stop Dom. Meanwhile, he's working on his next task for Cipher, trying to steal a "nuclear football" from a Russian government official in New York, with the help of Cipher and her team hacking into dozens of smart cars which they crash all around the Russian's limo, in order to help Dom complete his mission.
"The Fate of the Furious" is everything that fans of the franchise (or any fans of action movies) have come to expect and more. For starters, the series again draws strength from the diversity of its cast, brings back recent additions and introduces new cast members. (Hello, Helen Mirren!) And, sticking with that ultra-successful F&F template, the script by Chris Morgan (writer of the previous two) focuses on the characters and their relationships, but gives us the usual globe-trotting and plot twists, a little humor and plenty of action. Director F. Gary Gray ("Straight Outta Compton", "The Italian Job") plays up those relationships (including referencing original cast member, Brian O'Conner, played by the late Paul Walker), while the action sequences are, believe it or not, even more creative, daring and fun than ever.
As far as how high this movie ranks on the list of films which have destroyed the most cars that information isn't yet available. (They're probably still counting.) With as much vehicle action and destruction (involving a growing variety of conveyances), gun play, physical fights, surprises and good, old-fashioned human drama packed into "The Fate of the Furious", it's hard to imagine the producers topping themselves with the inevitable next installment, but you can bet an orange Lamborghini that they'll try. Heck, it was hard to imagine them topping themselves with this one, but they sure did! "A"
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