792. The Fate of the Furious

Title: The Fate of the Furious
Director: F. Gary Gray
Year: 2017
Run time: 2hrs 16m

“Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez lead an all-star cast as the global blockbuster franchise delivers its most action-packed, high octane adrenaline rush yet in The Fate of the Furious. Now that Dom (Diesel) and Letty (Rodriguez) are married and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner, Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.”

Live blog

2:46 – Cuba is the perfect place for car enthusiasts. So beautiful.
4:08 – “The only thing that matters is who’s behind the wheel.”
6:55 – Seems odd to fight for a car when you’re basically gonna blow it up in the process.
16:02 – She just gave him an iPhone. Got iPhones just to hand out willy nilly.
18:45 – The Rock loves TayTay!
22:09 – Jeez, I came in like a wrecking ball much?
24:36 – “Dominic Toretto just went ROGUE.”
32:46 – Dude is just punching a concrete wall. As you do.
35:42 – Rubber bullet rage.
39:41 – Any city in the world… into a war zone… by turning off the electricity? Over-react much?
48:10 – Oof Brian mention.
50:47 – “There’s nothing to be sorry for” Well… I can think of a few things.
57:42 – Curious what drug dealer was driving a tank round town.
1:10:11 – Raining cars is quite terrifying.
1:21:30 – Don’t mean to be suspicious but Ima need to see a body before I believe anyone is dead.
1:25:11 – Family is a biological lie. Love it.
1:29:58 – SUBMARINE!
1:40:20 – “There’s nothing alright about any of this!”
1:59:28 – That bloody necklace.

Conclusions

Taken a while to be able to watch this after the previous film did a number on me, but here we are. The trailer pretty much showed what you were going to get, and it delivered just that. Ridiculous stunts, outlandish fight sequences and just the occasional plot point to guide you along the way.

The good things included the twist that turned Dom rogue in the first place – didn’t see that coming – as well as the bickering between Roman and the new boy. I also really enjoyed Jason Statham’s role in this, and I’ve not been a huge fan of his in the past. The fight sequence with the baby on the plane (weird sentence) was epic.

The bad, though, was quite bad. Dialogue outside of the bickering was clunky. The situations, the physics, the believability of it all was way down on the scale. And the real issue is that the bits in the cars were the least interesting. Submarine was fun, plane was cool, prison riot bonkers. The cars though? Mm, seen that. They’ve finally run out of ideas for cars, and for a car film, that’s not great.

Thinking the spin-off with Statham and the Rock will be interesting because it should be free of the necessity of having a car race, whilst the final two of this series may be more of a slog to get through.

Rating: 3/5. (A low 3.)

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