Lamar reviews - The fate of the furious

April 21, 2017
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Since this is number 8 in the franchise you have to know what you’re walking into.  Or running into based on the amount of money it took in opening weekend.  This franchise has found the sweet spot and is working it for all it’s worth.  Fast exotic cars, scantily clad women, massive explosions, a thumpin soundtrack, and a storyline that doesn’t matter in the least. 

The movie has all of the usual suspects, including Jason Statham, plus Charlize Theron as the villain, and Scott Eastwood as Little Nobody.  Helen Mirren who had mentioned she would like to be in one of the Fast and Furious movies has a cameo.  That means 2 Oscar winning actors are in a Fast and Furious movie.  I’m not sure whether that elevates the movie or tarnishes the Oscar.

The movie opens with Dom and Letty on their honeymoon in Cuba after getting married.  Dom runs into Cipher, played by Charlize Theron, and she makes him an offer he can’t refuse. 

This pits Dom against the rest of the team, and of course the fate of the entire world is at stake.

If at this point in the movie you haven’t already turned off the logical common sense part of your brain, you need to.  I did not.  This caused me to miss out on some of the enjoyment this movie is designed to bring.  It’s like getting a free “All You Can Eat” buffet, including crab legs, Mongolian grill, soft serve ice cream, chocolate fountain, and open bar, and then trying to record all the calories into your My Fitness app.  You have just sucked all the joy out of the perfect moment.  I started focusing on stupid stuff like how can you have a high speed chase through downtown Manhattan?  When did every cab, minivan, and utility vehicle get the driverless option allowing them to be controlled over the internet?  What’s the odds of a Lamborghini being chased by a nuclear sub on the polar icecap?

Once I cleared my head of any rational thought, and put away any expectation of meaningful dialog that didn’t involve Dom discussing the importance of “family”, and started focusing on The Rock and Jason Statham, I had a blast.

Speaking of Dewayne Johnson, I’ve said it before and I still maintain that by coming in on Fast Five in 2011, he saved the franchise.  He breathed new life into something that was getting stale.  But I’m not sure how much further they can go.  This is one of those movies that is immune to criticism.  It knows its audience and gives them what they want, without any apologies.  After watching this one I think they are getting close to the end, but that doesn’t mean they are going to stop.  As of right now these movies have made $4.5 Billion.  Nobody, especially Hollywood walks away from that kind of coin.  Fast and Furious 9 and 10 are already scheduled and it won’t end until Vin Diesel walks away and they try one more, probably set in outer space, that bombs.  Then it will be done.

If you go, get the combo, start munching, turn off your brain, and have a great time!

My Score: 4 Buds

 

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