I’ve been of the belief that the Fast & Furious films should end for a while now, especially after Furious 7 finished so beautifully. That being said, I actually really like them and find them highly entertaining so if they keep making em, I’ll keep going to watch.
This time Dom (Vin Diesel) is finally enjoying his honeymoon with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) in Cuba when he is approached by cyber criminal Cipher (Charlize Theron), who has some leverage on him and forces him to turn his back on family and help her capture a bomb and nuclear codes. Obviously the team – including Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), Tej (Ludacris), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) – aren’t going to let that happen.
My main issue with Furious 7 was that it felt like action set pieces just strung together with filler whereas this one feels like a more cohesive film, with better reasoning and story behind all the crazy, ridiculous,”shouldn’t they be dead?” stunts, which make me laugh but are absolutely glorious to watch, in particular a sequence with auto drive cars being hacked in NYC and Hobbs’ prison breakout scene with Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).
It is also very funny. The lines of dialogue made me laugh so much and seem to be given out to more characters. Roman and Tej have always been the comedy members of the team but Hobbs has some great comedy moments and even Shaw! He was surprisingly hilarious and I love watching Statham do comedy. He’s so great at it. Statham and Johnson stole the show, it was nice to have a female villain and Theron was a good choice, Helen Mirren‘s cameo was the best thing ever and Eastwood seems like he’s gonna be the Brian substitute. The only real let down was Diesel, who was just so wooden and he’s supposed to be emotionally torn but you don’t get that from his face at all.
It is a lot of fun, highly entertaining and full of brilliant stunt choreography, set pieces and zany one liners but I didn’t really care if any of them lived or died, which can be right surely?! For that reason, I have to rank this lower than Furious 7.
In cinemas now