Director: Gary Gray
Starring: Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and Charlize Theron
Fast & Furious 8 brings us 80% of the way through the 10-movie franchise deal. This is the first instalment to be directed by Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and I do have to put my hands together for him. Given that this film had a different director, I think Gray did a good job in terms of continuity.
The movie follows Dominic Toretto, Vin Diesel, and his bad-ass team while they battle the enigmatic, Cypher, played by Charlize Theron, to stop her from world destruction. In all honesty the film’s plot sounds like something out of an episode of Power Puff Girls. I feel as though with each new film in the franchise, the stunts and car-chases have to be more and more spectacular – but they have just become silly and incredibly unrealistic at this point, and not in the James Bond, “how cool” kind of way.
The film’s plot was very straight forward and easily digestible – with the plot “twist” well spelled out for the audience, just incase we happened to walk into the movie 30 minutes late. This doesn’t surprise me as none of the other Fast and Furious film’s have been complex in nature. The franchise’s love for its main characters means the audience has now developed a strong immunity to any sense of danger that the characters might be in – taking away from the fast paced drama and unpolished CGI.
Theron’s Cypher although menacing at times, simply seemed so…unthreatening – plus for a world class, off-the-grid hacker she barely did any hacking and her identity was pretty known. The rest of the cast did a great job in all their type-cast glory – with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham supplying exciting, spine-tingling fisticuff scenes. Brian Tyler’s score was brilliantly placed, but thats no surprise for this super talented composer.
This film is highly entertaining and is definitely worth watching on a big screen for maximum impact. It is one of the better movies in the franchise and of course the car selection is without a doubt on fire. However, I do not think it is anything to particularly rush out to see.