The Fate of the Furious Review

As the first movie in the series since Paul Walker’s untimely passing, The Fate of the Furious had a lot to hold up for dedicated fans of the franchise – and it did not disappoint.

For those cynical audience members, or arguably anyone with an even slightly above-average taste in film, it would be a struggle to expect anything too spectacular or hard-hitting from a TFATF movie. The tits, ass, fast cars and big egos thing we’ve come to relate to the series is frankly a little too much to handle for many. However, 16 years since Vin Diesel and Paul Walker roared onto screens with their deep tans and deeper voices, The Fate of the Furious successfully manages to breathe new life into the franchise for adrenaline-seeking fans.

The latest instalment follows Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and on-again, off-again love interest Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) on their honeymoon in Cuba, where Dom has decided to challenge the nearest fast-car owner to a high-energy, high-speed car race that would surely give his mother a heart attack. At this point in the movie – with all of it’s engine revving and bikini-clad women – many of us may accept our fate of watching an eighth version of the exact same film.. Until an evil villain in disguise shows up with some bad news, and the movie changes gear from teenage boy fantasy to all-round action thriller.

Blackmailed into abandoning Letty and his band of merry men (and woman) without so much as a fist bump, Dom is forced into illegal, dangerous and jaw-dropping tests of character as he desperately tries to keep his loved ones safe. With a plot that rivals any of the Jason Bourne or Mission Impossible offerings, it’s safe to say that the Fast and Furious franchise has definitely kicked it up a notch. The days of repetitive back alley car chasing and incessant running from police make way for two hours of truly epic adventure involving an army of hacked Toyota Hybrids, a ginormous submarine and a Final Showdown that involves one Hollywood hardman multi-tasking in a way viewers definitely wouldn’t have seen before.

Showcasing a star-studded cast, the film treats moviegoers to high-octane performances from Furious alumni Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, along with familiar-faced newcomers Charlize Theron, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and.. Dame Helen Mirren? That last one is a hilarious wildcard, and quite literally the last human being on earth one would imagine signing up for a Fast and Furious sequel, but it’s a sign of how far the franchise has come.

The Fate of the Furious manages to cleanly evade the seemingly inevitable flop of an eighth movie instalment, and instead delivers a gripping, heartwarming, and not totally predictable picture. This movie has brains as well as brawn, and makes for a highly enjoyable watch.

Reviewed by Ashleigh Davies.

4 stars -