Verdict: Hits The Nos At The Right Time
What started off as a self aware indulgence for sports cars, dramatic races with hot, bikini-clad grand marshalls for armchair enthusiasts soon metamorphosed into your usual run-of-the-mill high-speed car heists. But the 2015’s Furious 7, which was touted to be #onelastride, would have made an ideal capper to the Fast and Furious franchise.
With the death of Paul Walker, the film was considered more as a tribute having Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth pouring their feelings on the soundtrack, See You Again in honor of the late actor. This gave the franchise a chance to shut down its engine and dismantle their wheels but they chose otherwise. Fast and Furious 8 proves that this decision of theirs was bang on!
It's just when you think the franchise was running out of gas, it gets befitted with even more elaborate, power-hungry and a sturdy fuel injector.
Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) is off honeymooning with his once-assumed-dead girlfriend, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) after the events that unfolded in the previous installment. Their honeymoon is cut short when a conniving but super hot villain named Cipher (Charlize Theron) manages to get Torreto working for her. And that's how he goes rogue. His friends (read family) are clueless and so is the audience as the reasons are revealed much later in the second act.
Let's get the record straight, the FnF franchise is known for its corny dialogues, Roman’s intentional moronic comedy and ostentatious stunts. But this movie, in particular, takes everything to a whole new level. But the action takes the cake. Kudos to the director and the stunt coordinators who worked in tandem to execute some of the flawless hand-to-hand combat scenes. Right at the end of the first act, there's a prison scene involving Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) that will blow your mind. And that's not the end of it, each subsequent action sequence that follows thereafter is even more elaborate than its predecessor.
With that said, you’ll absolutely fall in love with Torreto, Shaw, Hobbs and Cipher who form the core of the film. Each have their own unique trait, personality and fighting style that make them an interesting watch. Hobbs and Shaw, who are at each other's throat since the very beginning of the film, are forced to work together. This later formulates into an interesting relationship that manages to make you chuckle. There's this usual badass vibes to these four characters and when pitted against each other, sparks fly.
It's safe to say that this film is a notch above the rest and it seems like a mammoth task to top this one.
Why You Should Watch This Film:
If you are fan of the series, you really don't need this review. If you are an adrenaline junkie, this movie should be your priority this weekend.