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For today’s must match movie, after several weeks at the cinema, I think it’s safe enough to review it. Not that what I say makes a difference. But I like to think it does, anyways *huge grin* The Fate of the Furious or Fast & Furious 8, the latest of the franchise which premiered on April 4, 2017 in Berlin, and was theatrically released in the United States on April 14, 2017, in 3D, IMAX 3D and 4DX internationally, with a month’s showing has already grossed over $1.1 billion worldwide. Huge!
The eighth installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise is a 2017 American action film directed by F. Gary Gray and written by Chris Morgan. The film stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, and Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron and Scott Eastwood as new intakes. Wonder if they’re planning on having Eastwood fill in for the late Paul Walker, who died in a single-vehicle crash on November 30, 2013 while filming Furious 7 in 2015. The Fate of the Furious marks the first installment in the franchise since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (2006) not to star both characters (Brian O’Conner and Mia Toretto), since they were retired. So sad.
The new story sees a honeymooning Dominic Toretto (Diesel), turn rogue when forced by mysterious cyberterrorist Cipher (Theron) to work for her. Mysterious or more like an ageing Theron? It seemed just like yesterday when she was the hottest thing in Hollywood. Guess nothing lasts forever, right? Anyway, it’s left to Toretto’s crew, new wifey and some bad guys from previous sequels to take down the new bad girl, save Dom, the day and the whole world, all at the same time.
The Fate of the Furious has grossed $215.1 million in the United States and Canada and $978.4 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $1.193 billion, against a production budget of $250 million ($350 million including marketing costs). With the biggest global opening in cinematic history and the highest-grossing opening of all time, ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million) and Jurassic World ($525.5 million), It is Universal Pictures’ most ambitious worldwide distribution release in the studio’s history.
It is also the thirtieth film of Universal (and the second in the franchise, after Furious 7, Jurassic Park, , Jurassic World, and Minions) to gross over $1 billion, the second highest-grossing film of 2017, only behind Beauty & The Beast, the twelfth highest-grossing film of all time, and the second-biggest action film that is not a fantasy or superhero movie, behind Furious 7. It is already Universal Pictures biggest-grossing live-action release since Jurassic World back in June 2015.
With all it’s accolades, it’s hardly any surprise that The Fate of the Furious received mixed to positive reviews from critics, who praised the action sequences and performances, while criticizing the storyline (like it ever had one). On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 67% based on 223 reviews, with the consensus being, “The Fate of the Furious opens a new chapter in the franchise, fueled by the same infectious cast chemistry and over-the-top action fans have come to expect.”
Mike Ryan of Uproxx gave the film a positive review, while stating that: “Furious 7 remains a favourite. (It’s hard to top those jumps from skyscraper to skyscraper.” Or parachuting cars out of air borne planes. Owen Gleiberman of Variety, wrote: “Most franchises, after eight films, are feeling a twinge of exhaustion, but this one has achieved a level of success – and perpetual kinetic creative energy – that’s a testament to its commercial/cultural/demographic resonance.”
Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film 2 out of 4 stars, saying: “Moments after Dom has gone rogue and apparently wants to kill them, they’re making jokes. As they’re racing through the streets of New York City or skidding along the ice in Russia, killing bad guys and narrowly avoiding getting killed themselves, they’re crackin’ wise. Even within this ludicrous universe, it’s jarring to hear these supposedly smart folks, who refer to themselves as ‘family,’ acting like idiots who don’t seem to care if they live or die, or if their friends survive.” Hahahaha! ROFTL guys.
I can only say that I don’t really know what the fuss is all about. The Furious Franchise has never been about a superb storyline; it’s just fast cars, brilliant ass kicking action sequences and crazy over the top effects and of course, Dom Torreto spotting off corny punch lines. Lol! So, I wasn’t disappointed because I expected pretty much the same from Furious 8. Only Dom going rogue was as ludicrous as it gets. Apart from Letty, there wasn’t much emotional reaction from his crew; they seemed pretty cool with it. Guess they must have read the script, right?
And after they save the day but the bad girl escapes (Should we expect her in furious 9? Not that she was much of a worthy villain), Dom is restored to his “family” with full presidential pardons for all as usual, and everything’s back to normal. Forgetting the many souls they sent to oblivion during their ride on the sub facility (Ok, those were terrorists. So they don’t count). And of course no lives could have been lost during their crashing of hundreds of cars in New York (Guess they were trying to beat Michael Bay’s first Transformers record with that one. See Post Sarah’s Time Out). Anyway, Dom’s crew has it’s “end of film family meal ritual” with a reformed bad guy and Dom’s baby boy this time around. Sorry, did I forget to mention we now have a little Torreto. Lol. Just go see the movie, OK.
You should know that there are two more sequels (with over a billion in box office for the two recent ones, there better be). The first, tentatively titled Fast & Furious 9, is scheduled to be released on April 19, 2019. Something for diehard fans to look forward to.
Don’t forget that you can still be a part of The Omu Resort daycation with Waka with Debbie. Just check out their itinerary. I hear they’ve got loads of fun planned for you. Until next week guys; loads of XoXos. Bye!