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April 17, 2017

F&F 8: The Fate of the Furious (2017) --- "10 Steps To Determining Fate. #8 Will Make You Furious."

Plot Summary
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. Now forcing to team up with Mr. nobody and Deckard Shaw, the team must travel from the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains of 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. (1)

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     Movies have been doing action sequences with cars since Bullitt (1968) destroyed around 80 cars, The Blues Brothers (1980) destroyed around 103 cars, and The Junkman (1982 ) destroyed around 150 cars. Then along came The Fast and the Furious (F&F) movies with the films destroying more than 1,000 cars in total. Of course, with the F&F franchise, it is not only about destroying cars, it's about the creativity. Fast Five (2011) demonstrates the destructive power of a large safe being dragged up city streets at high speeds. Furious 6 (2013) answers the question “how many cars it takes to stop a tank and a plane?” And Furious 7 (2015) offers insight into a perfect world where a car can drive straight from the upper floors of one skyscraper to another, proving that cars can fly – or perhaps it's falling with style. Many fans may be wondering if there is anything left in the tank for this 8th installment and apparently there is. Director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Italian Job) delivers action sequences that are even more creative, daring, and entertaining than ever before.
     The Fate of the Furious (2017) has surpassed fan expectations and there is no telling what Fast 9 (2019) and Fast 10 (2021) have in store for fans next. After two rough sequels - 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) and Tokyo Drift (2006) – and a semi-ruff redeeming film – Fast & Furious (2009) the franchise finally seems to be following a storyline that sparked with the original installment in 2001. The Fate of the Furious continues to follow the storyline of Fast 5, 6, and 7 with the addition of more spy elements and removing the heist aspect of the series. The F&F franchise is not a simple jarhead NASCAR movie but rather it is a rare pop culture phenomenon that will attract the attention of diverse viewers, even those who say they don’t like car movies. The Fate of the Furious (as did its predecessors) draws strength from the diversity of its cast by bringing back old, recent, and even a few new cast members. Writer Chris Morgan focuses on the characters and their relationships but gives us the usual globe-trotting and plot twists, a little humor and plenty of action.
     Most ensemble casts tend to be
overcrowded and busy with each actor almost fighting for screen time rather than complimenting each member. Luckily Fast 8 does just that. Most of the cast are returnees with the anticipated return of Deckard Shaw (Jason StathamSafe, Parker), and this time around viewers get the opportunity to see Statham portray a more charismatic side to Deckard. Also, the hostile taunting between Deckard and Hobbs (Dwayne JohnsonThe Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King) while simultaneously saving the Earth as a conscripted member of the same team. Aside from returning cast members, two new members will be introduced to the F&F family. Scott Eastwood (Snowden, Suicide Squad) as Little Nobody, is a fun addition as a rookie to Mr. Nobody (Kurt RussellBackdraft, Tango & Cash). Charlize Theron as the villain is terrific in her part, whilst confident enough to let her high cheekbones, piercing eyes, and crazy hairstyle do more of the acting. However, Theron does not portray much beyond her menacing threats as she chooses to stay inside her command room and behind a computer screen throughout much of the film. Though with respect, the film does have its twist and turns in the direction, viewers will get to see the characters’ family limit being tested; since the main theme of the franchise will always be about a family coming together.
     Overall, The Fate of the Furious concludes its opening weekend with a box office total of $100.2 million domestically ($432.3 million international); beating out Boss Baby (2017) at $15.5 million domestically ($36.8 million internationally) and Beauty and the Beast (2017) at $13.6 million domestically ($22 million internationally). It is an awesome film filled with action, car chases, fights, explosions, guns, different types of vehicles, a submarine, airplanes, snow, loyalty, family, friendship, betrayal, treachery, arguments, comedy, high-tech spy equipment, near misses and much more throughout the film. Some may say that this installment is most likely the dumbest of the bunch, there is no denying just how enjoyable it is and embracing the silliness is an understatement. Though if you view the characters as a family rather than people who can come out of fights without a single scratch, then it doesn't really matter how unrealistic the film can get. All that matters is that our beloved characters remain a family.

“I will beat you like a Cherokee drum.”

- Hobbs

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  5 of 5 stars
Worth Buying:  5 of 5 stars

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Movies Similar 
F&F 1: Fast and the Furious (2001)
F&F 2: 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
F&F 3: Tokyo Drift (2006)
F&F 4: Fast & the Furious (2009)
F&F 5: Fast Five (2011)
F&F 6: Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
F&F 7: Furious 7 (2015)
Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
Italian Job (2003)
Mission Impossible (1996)
Mission Impossible 2 (2000)
Mission Impossible 3 (2006)
Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)
Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (2016)
Need for Speed (2014)
Ocean's Eleven (2001)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
xXx (2002)
xXx: State of the Union (2005)
xXx: Return of Xander Cage (2017)

Cast & Crew

Directed by: F. Gary Gray


Writing Credits:

   (Written by) Chris Morgan
   (Characters by) Gary Scott Thompson.


Produced by 

   Vin Diesel                ---     producer
   Ricardo Del Río      ---     line producer: Cuba
   Hiram Garcia          ---     consulting producer
   Michael Fottrell     ---     producer
   Cliff Lanning           ---     co-producer
   Finni Johannsson  ---     line producer: Iceland
   Chris Morgan          ---     executive producer
   Neal H. Moritz        ---     producer



Charlize Theron --- Cipher
Dwayne Johnson --- Hobbs
Kurt Russell --- Mr. Nobody
Vin Diesel --- Dominic Toretto
Scott Eastwood --- Little Nobody
Jason Statham --- Deckard Shaw
Michelle Rodriguez --- Letty ‘Ortiz’ Toretto
Nathalie Emmanuel --- Ramsey
Elsa Pataky --- Elena
Helen Mirren --- Mother Shaw
Lucas Black --- Sean Boswell
Kristofer Hivju --- Rhodes
Tyrese Gibson --- Roman
Ludacris --- Tej
Luke Hawx --- Miller
Don Omar --- Santos
Tengo Calderon --- Leo

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