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Fast & Furious 8

Opening Date
13 Apr 2017
PG13 Some Violence and Coarse Language
136 mins
English with Chinese subtitles
Action, Adventure
F. Gary Gray
Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood
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 (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he cant seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
By Freddy  12 Apr 2017
‘Fast & Furious 8’ is a fun and exciting ride that should please both fans of the franchise and newcomers.
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Remember when ‘Fast & Furious’ films were about illegal street racing? Those good old days. There was a race scene in Cuba early in the film which tells us that the creators still remember what the franchise was about, but quickly abandoned that for world-saving missions. At this point, the film’s plot would feel more at home with Vin Diesel’s ‘xXx’ franchise. Luckily, it has nice touches of well-placed comedy, which prevents the film from taking itself way too seriously.

In this film, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) turns against his family to work for a criminal mastermind-hacker Cipher (Charlize Theron). How she managed to persuade Dom to betray his team is revealed in the middle of the film. I find overly convenient as a plot device, but at least it does not stray from the character of Dom that we know. Without revealing Cipher’s plans too much, let’s just say that the team will not only be saving Dom but also be preventing a potential World War III.

If you probe into the plot of a ‘Fast & Furious’ film too much, it might not hold up that well. But that is not why most people love the franchise. Those who will enjoy this film want to watch a movie about fast expensive cars, over-the-top action scenes, and a constant reminder of camaraderie, No kidding on that last part, if you take a shot every time the word “family” is mentioned, you would be drunk before the film reaches its halfway mark.

The team features franchise regulars such as Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), Tej Parker (Chris Bridges), and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). Needless to say, they have embodied their roles very well and their chemistry with each other feels organic. Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), who joined the team in the previous film, has little to do besides being the team’s resident hacker and Roman and Tej’s love interest. Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) fares better despite previously playing a villain in the franchise. Statham has great chemistry with Johnson and exudes a lot of charm, especially in a rescue mission towards the end.

The newcomers are hit-and-miss. Eric Reisner (Scott Eastwood) feels redundant and is rather annoying. There seems to be nothing he does that Frank Petty (Kurt Russel) cannot do. However, Theron makes a persuasive, manipulative villain. Cipher is sometimes a bit too moustache-twirly, but Theron clearly has fun with the role. Magdalene Shaw (Helen Mirren) is another fine addition to the film in her brief appearances.

The cinematography is typical of a ‘Fast & Furious’ film and to a certain extent, typical fast-paced action film. The special effects, both digital and practical, are great. The score supports the actions well but are not particularly memorable.

Overall, ‘Fast & Furious 8’ is a fun and exciting ride that should please both fans of the franchise and newcomers. While watching the previous films will go a long way to make sense of the dynamics between the characters, the overall plot of the film is still easy enough to understand and enjoy without any prior knowledge. Continuing without Paul Walker must not have been easy, but they have found a way to make it work.
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