‘The Fate of the Furious’ (2017) — Review

Lachie Siemsen

The eighth instalment in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise may not have challenged social norms or created the next ‘Citizen Kane’; however it did provide everything needed to make yet another successful film about fast cars and explosions. There was a lot to like about ‘The Fate of the Furious’, as it followed the story of Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) who turns against his beloved team after being blackmailed by evil hacker Cipher (Charlize Theron).

As is now expected of the franchise, the creative team continues to up the ante when it comes to action and CGI — and this film was no exception. Each of its action sequences were filmed and crafted exquisitely, resulting in some highly entertaining moments that enhanced the film and kept audiences engaged throughout. Threaded throughout these phenomenal points of action in the incredible on-screen chemistry between the film’s A-List cast. Most notably, Jason Statham and ‘The Rock’ together created some of the film’s most memorable scenes. Although it certainly had its preposterous and completely unbelievable moments, it is these sequences that have come to characterise much of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise’s charm — they are what audiences expect, love, and acclaim as they watch in the awesome magic of the cinema.

Despite its dynamic action scenes, there were some moments — particularly between Acts 1 and 2 — that dragged a little. These were mainly explanatory scenes; necessary to justify and explain many of the more dramatic and active sequences, yet were not nearly as entertaining. They slowed the film’s momentum, and at times felt tedious. Charlize Theron’s performance as Cipher was also, at times, somewhat robotic and lacking in the authenticity, fun, and wittiness of the film’s other, beloved stars — like Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris.

Overall, the film was hugely entertaining and enjoyable to watch. Everything that has come to be expected from a film of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise was delivered in this eighth instalment — yet one can only wonder how much further they can go, with two more films confirmed. For anyone looking for a fun action film with some enjoyable performances, ‘The Fate of the Furious’ is the film for you. And who knows? Maybe next time we’ll see Dom and his team flying cars through space in an attempt to stop an intergalactic terrorist attack…

‘The Fate of the Furious’: B+