THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS

PRE-SCREENING MUSINGS

One would wonder about the way forward for Fate, after producer Neal Moritz having spoken about a supposed ‘shift in focus’ for the franchise, from its longtime heist flavor, to that of a spy caper, while also confirming that the late Paul Walker would not be making a comeback in the franchise (having bid a poignant goodbye to his character Brian O’ Connor in their previous outing). Another factor that brings in excitement is the inclusion of Charlize Theron as the villainess of “fate: the prospect of an action sequence between the evil Theron (Mad Max Fury Road) and Vin Diesel or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (or both?) is sure to excite a few. Also, it’d be interesting to see Diesel and Helen Mirren (portraying matriarch Magdalene Show) share screen space.

THE MOVIE

Familehhhhhhhhhh

Any and all expectations that one would have about the latest installment going in a (even slightly) different direction than its predecessors is quashed within the first ten minutes of the film, where we are introduced to an adrenaline–filled street race (like always) through the colourful vistas of Havana, where our protagonist Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his wife (Michelle Rodriguez) are honeymooning. Five minutes later, we are introduced to our villainess: cyber–terrorist and hacker extraordinaire, Cipher (Theron, unabashedly evil in appalling dreadlocks), and before we know it, Dom is forced to turn his back on his team (or his “family”, as he calls them all the time), and is now working for her, and only they know why. This plot–twist is a sure sign (when revealed) that the makers could really use some original ideas right now.

Then it is business as usual – our very own team is assembled to take on Dominic, headed by our very lovable Hulk / FBI Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), with unexpected help from his nemesis Deckard (Jason Statham, which leads to a lot of unnecessary and tiresome macho banter between the two), at the insistence of Mr. Nobody (hello, Kurt Russel), who also gives the team their newest addition, played by Scot Eastwood. Hot hackers Tej (Ludacris) and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) and loudmouth Roman (Tyrese Gibson) join in, and from there, they try and thwart Dom and Cipher’s efforts while also making a conscious effort to blow up, jump, and crash as many cars as possible, in a series of logic–defying stunts.

[…] The makers could really use some original ideas right now.KELVIN KANTHARAJ VINCENT

As villainess of a Fast and Furious movie, Theron is supremely wasted. She speaks of preventing ‘superpowers from getting out of line’, is bent on world domination and in Ramsey’s words, is “like a digital Act of God” (whatever that means), but all she does is scowl from time to time, while sitting around, barking orders from a high – tech plane. The best performer of the lot is definitely Jason Statham, whose action sequences include a riveting gun-and-fistfight atop a plane, while also balancing a baby strapped to a car-seat!

As for humour, the only bit of that comes from a sequence where we see Johnson lead his daughter’s baseball team through some sort of war-dance (highly reminiscent of his character Maui from last year’s Moana). Gibson? Oh, please. His comebacks and supposedly witty one-liners are as cringe-worthy as ever.

Anti-familehhhhhhhh

VERDICT

The Fate of the Furious is that indulgence you have at the mall—however fun it may be, it’s the equivalent of rich, greasy, fast–food. Sure, it keeps you satiated, but you end up filling a bit too full afterwards. Even though Fate is the fastest, cheesiest, and perhaps most outlandish entry into the franchise, there are sure to be some fans who realize that bigger does not always mean better, while also missing Paul Walker harder than ever, as they walk out of the movies (watch out for a beautiful ode to him towards the end).

PS: Can someone please request writer Chris Morgan to come up with better titles for future installments? Those that don’t remind us of function keys on our laptops, thank you.

Watch the trailer here:

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Plot

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

Cast

Vin Diesel
Charlize Theron
Dwayne Johnson

Director

F. Gary Gray

Rated

PG-13

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THE PLOT

When a mysterious woman seduces Dom into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, the crew face trials that will test them as never before.

PRE-SCREENING MUSINGS

One would wonder about the way forward for Fate, after producer Neal Moritz having spoken about a supposed ‘shift in focus’ for the franchise, from its longtime heist flavor, to that of a spy caper, while also confirming that the late Paul Walker would not be making a comeback in the franchise (having bid a poignant goodbye to his character Brian O’ Connor in their previous outing). Another factor that brings in excitement is the inclusion of Charlize Theron as the villainess of “fate: the prospect of an action sequence between the evil Theron (Mad Max Fury Road) and Vin Diesel or Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (or both?) is sure to excite a few. Also, it’d be interesting to see Diesel and Helen Mirren (portraying matriarch Magdalene Show) share screen space.

THE MOVIE

Help me, man in the sky!

Any and all expectations that one would have about the latest installment going in a (even slightly) different direction than its predecessors is quashed within the first ten minutes of the film, where we are introduced to an adrenaline–filled street race (like always) through the colourful vistas of Havana, where our protagonist Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his wife (Michelle Rodriguez) are honeymooning. Five minutes later, we are introduced to our villainess: cyber–terrorist and hacker extraordinaire, Cipher (Theron, unabashedly evil in appalling dreadlocks), and before we know it, Dom is forced to turn his back on his team (or his “family”, as he calls them all the time), and is now working for her, and only they know why. This plot–twist is a sure sign (when revealed) that the makers could really use some original ideas right now.

Then it is business as usual – our very own team is assembled to take on Dominic, headed by our very lovable Hulk / FBI Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), with unexpected help from his nemesis Deckard (Jason Statham, which leads to a lot of unnecessary and tiresome macho banter between the two), at the insistence of Mr. Nobody (hello, Kurt Russel), who also gives the team their newest addition, played by Scot Eastwood. Hot hackers Tej (Ludacris) and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) and loudmouth Roman (Tyrese Gibson) join in, and from there, they try and thwart Dom and Cipher’s efforts while also making a conscious effort to blow up, jump, and crash as many cars as possible, in a series of logic–defying stunts.

[…] The makers could really use some original ideas right now.KELVIN KANTHARAJ VINCENT

As villainess of a Fast and Furious movie, Theron is supremely wasted. She speaks of preventing ‘superpowers from getting out of line’, is bent on world domination and in Ramsey’s words, is “like a digital Act of God” (whatever that means), but all she does is scowl from time to time, while sitting around, barking orders from a high – tech plane. The best performer of the lot is definitely Jason Statham, whose action sequences include a riveting gun-and-fistfight atop a plane, while also balancing a baby strapped to a car-seat!

As for humour, the only bit of that comes from a sequence where we see Johnson lead his daughter’s baseball team through some sort of war-dance (highly reminiscent of his character Maui from last year’s Moana). Gibson? Oh, please. His comebacks and supposedly witty one-liners are as cringe-worthy as ever.

Anti-familehhhhhhhh

VERDICT

The Fate of the Furious is that indulgence you have at the mall—however fun it may be, it’s the equivalent of rich, greasy, fast–food. Sure, it keeps you satiated, but you end up filling a bit too full afterwards. Even though Fate is the fastest, cheesiest, and perhaps most outlandish entry into the franchise, there are sure to be some fans who realize that bigger does not always mean better, while also missing Paul Walker harder than ever, as they walk out of the movies (watch out for a beautiful ode to him towards the end).

PS: Can someone please request writer Chris Morgan to come up with better titles for future installments? Those that don’t remind us of function keys on our laptops, thank you.

Watch trailer here:

About the Author

Kelvin Kantharaj Vincent

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Voracious reader. Passionate writer. Certified crazy. Relentless foodie.

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