Dom goes rogue? Say it ain’t so!
BQB here with a review of the eighth, count ’em, eighth installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise.
Holy crap. Eight films. That’s 4.5 more films than I have readers.
You’d think these things would be getting stale by now, but honestly, they’re just getting warmed up. Fast Five brought in the Rock to resurrect the franchise. Fast Six and Seven were good times but Fast Eight? Wow. Holy crap did they up their game.
Our tale begins with Dom (Vin Diesel) on a honeymoon with new wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) in Cuba. Evil cyber terrorist Cipher, played the ever boner inducing Charlize Theron, tracks Dom down with some kind of leverage that leaves Dom with no choice but to betray his beloved Fast and Furious team members and become Cipher’s evil errand boy.
What drama! Fan favorites Ludacris (Tej) and Tyrese (Roman) return. The Rock kicks ass as always. Jason Statham blows the doors off the whole shebang. Game of Thrones fans will be happy to see Nathalie Emmanuel aka Missandei return as computer hacker Ramsey, while Kristofer Hivju aka Tormund Giantsbane gets a role as a villain.
Longtime cast member, the late Paul Walker, is truly missed and one can only imagine the awesomeness he would have brought to the screen. His character, Brian, still exists in the film but obviously, only to be talked about by the team.
Kurt Russell returns as the mysterious, super classified government agent, Mr. Nobody only this time, he has a young protege, the still wet behind the ears rookie dubbed, “Little Nobody” played by Clint’s son, Scott Eastwood. The character is funny and suffers tremendously from the non-stop B.S. thrown at him by an unruly team he’s trying to control. There was a part of me that wondered if he was thrown into the mix to replace Paul Walker as the team’s boy scoutish, clean cut law enforcement member, but Eastwood does hold his own.
The stunts! The spectacles! We don’t go to see these movies for the plot. We go for the thrill ride. The film features some of the most visually stunning, badass, and yes, even smart action sequences in the franchise.
All that being said, the plot, while peppered with the occasional hole, is one of the better ones of the franchise, filled with all sorts of twists and turns. After all, Dom and his team go up against each other, so that’s bound to create some on-screen theatrics.
STATUS: Shelf-worthy. Fast Five was when the franchise really hit its stride and figured out its formula. Gratuitous scantily clad women, beautiful tropical locations, rap music, big guns, fast cars – all the stuff of the wet dream of any red blooded, heterosexual American male. Whenever I watch one of these films I feel my testosterone surge and I’m left with the need to hump something, anything! Woe unto the first leg I find! OK, maybe I don’t get that out of control, but it’s still super intense. You must see it on the big screen.
Has there ever been a franchise that’s still going this strong after eight films? Leave it in the comments if you can think of one. Until then, keep ’em coming, Fast and Furious crew. Keep ’em coming.