After Dom goes rogue in the service of a mysterious hacker, his crew
tries to save him and stop the hacker from obtaining a nuclear warhead.
The Fate of the Furious (2017)
Directed by F. Gary Gray
Written by Chris Morgan
Starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham,
Michelle Rodriguez, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson,
Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell,
Scott Eastwood, Kristofer Hivju, Elsa Pataky
Sequel to 2015's Furious 7
This impossible franchise has transformed itself from a halfway decent racing franchise to one of the most badass action/heist franchises of all time. With every movie I keep thinking they're going to lose some steam, but I am always wrong. Ever since Fast Five, this series has drifted its way into my heart and become one of my favorites. This eighth installment, The Fate of the Furious, continues a four-movie winning streak and delivers an entry that gives fans everything they've come to love and actually ups the dramatic tension. This time, Dom's crew must go up against an enemy they can't believe: Dom himself.
When Dom is forced to do a hacker's dirty work, Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) sics his own crew on him. Not only that, but he breaks Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) out of prison to aid Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and the crew in finding Dom and Cipher (Charlize Theron), the hacker. The star of the film is the beautiful bromance/frenemy chemistry between Statham and Johnson. Seeing Shaw on their side changed the game and opened up a whole new realm of possibilities in future installments. Plus, everything Hobbs said was absolutely ridiculous and I loved every second of it. On a sadder note, this franchise no longer feels complete without Paul Walker, but he's honored in a big way at the end of the film and it's clear that nobody has or ever will forget him.
The Fate of the Furious is the culmination of every film so far and keeps this thrilling high-octane franchise holding down the gas for the eighth time. It's my new personal favorite of the series, for its hilarious banter, unbelievable action scenes, and impeccable cast chemistry. The Fast & Furious franchise is one that should've petered out after three films, four tops. Yet, somehow it's not only survived a reboot, but improved itself tenfold and gone on to make billions. It's rare that an eighth film is even watchable, let alone a winner. I can't wait to see where Toretto's gang goes next.