Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: If you only want to watch Fast & Furious 8 (known in the US as The Fate of the Furious) for the elaborate car stunts, you won’t be disappointed. However, in this almost-three-hour-long installment, be prepared for majority of the film to be all suspense, betrayal, and wit.
While Paul Walker’s untimely death during Fast & Furious 7 had all die-hard Brian O’Conner fans missing his smile, Fate revs up its cast strength with two Oscar winners, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.
The film starts out with Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) on their honeymoon in Cuba, which probably contractually needed to include an obligatory street race before all the real action began.
And yes, if you’ve watched the trailers then you know that Dom goes ROGUE, thanks to Charlize Theron’s character, Cipher, a cold-blooded villain superhacker who convinced him to turn his back on his entire “family”, A.K.A. the rest of the squad. How, you ask? My lips are sealed. But trust me, it’s a major plot twist.
This leaves the rest of the team to enlist the help of an old mortal enemy, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) to join forces, which allow for some much enjoyed comedic relief through the childish bickering and “who’s more of a man competitions” spouting off between Shaw and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). This duo, coupled with Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej’s (Ludacris) constant banter, were responsible for several uproars of laughter from the audience throughout the screening.
With Dom going rogue and his team having to stop him from mass destruction, it is no surprise that majority of Michelle Rodriguez’s scenes were of being torn, confused, and emotional. Who could blame her? So if you’re a sucker for romance like I am, you’ll probably need a couple tissues for this.
And if a soppy love story isn’t your thing, then not to worry. The millions of dollars poured into the stunt scenes of the film go beyond what the average mind deems imaginable. Spoiler alert: Cipher turns every self-driving car in the vicinity into her own personal wreckage show. Who needs an army when you’re queen hacker?
Bottom line: Whether you are a car enthusiast or not, you’ll leave the theater feeling incredibly entertained.
The Fate of the Furious 8 hits theaters Friday April 14th