“The Fate of the Furious”-Review:

When Cipher (Charlize Theron) lures Dom (Vin Diesel) into the world of terrorism and the betrayal of his family, his crew faces will be tested like they never have before.

The Fast and Furious franchise has evolved so much over the years. It went from a drag racing, car loving series to heist, action and over the top stunts. Whether we think that’s a change for better or worse, the box office says other wise. Furious 7 took in $1.5B in its run. An incredible haul for any film. There’s no heights this franchise can’t reach. The chemistry between the characters, the stunts, and action sequences have made these films can’t miss. I believe The Fate of the Furious will be no exception.

If you’re a fan of how these movies have played out lately, then you’ll really love this one. It’s more of the same insane action sequences with massive explosions. I didn’t know that F. Gary Gray does a great job fitting into this series behind the camera. The car chases are still over the top, and the Manhattan scene is as crazy as it can get, but it’s impossible not to enjoy this movie. You turn your brain off and just get lost in it.

The performances are what they are. You’re gonna get that fun rapport from Tej (Ludacris) and Roman (Tyrese). Their back and forth is always fun. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) share a cool bromance. On the surface they don’t like each other, but underneath they share a certain respect and brotherhood.

Charlize Theron is the villain here, and she’s pretty one note. Delivering each line in the same voice, in pretty much the same cadence. She has her menacing moments, and that’s what makes her a feared villain.

Look, for a franchise with eight movies they had to really scratch and claw for a reason to get this crew back together. At the end of the day you know where this film is inevitably going to go. Dom is going to go back to the crew and they’ll be okay. There really aren’t any stakes, but while you’re watching Fate of the Furious, you have a helluva time.

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