Fast and Furious 8 is directed by F. Gary Gray and stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Charlize Theron and is the EIGHTH film in the Fast and Furious series. This instalment sees the teams lead Dom mysteriously seduced into the world of crime by an anonymous woman. Relationships are put to the test as Dom must betray ones closet to him and the crew face trials like never before in order to safe Dom along with the rest of the world.
Furious 8 delivers in areas but ultimately runs out of fuel. The three most recent predecessors in the series helped shift gears (as it were), focusing not only on the cars but the people driving them. Fast and Furious 8 takes all that fans have learnt to love about the series and shatters them into a ridiculous, senseless slop of a film. Fast Five was a turing point for the franchise, whilst maintaining the same level of fun it saw a huge development in storylines showing the fairly attractive writing skills of the people behind the films. Fans as well as critics have fallen in love with these films mainly due to what the recent instalments have done to the series, but the latest furious film sets the whole saga back to the stone age from where it originally started out.
It has its moments, the opening scene in Cuba sees a bright, colourful car chase immediately adding the authentic 'cars' aspect to the film. But overall Furious 8 did exactly what last year's 'X-men apocalypse' did, and sacrificed the script and the plot line, in trade for the action. A lot of the time the film makes you feel very stupid, and yeah its cool to see a submarine shoot missiles at flying cars but that surprisingly isn't enough to distract from the films loosely written script. The lines have been corny in the past but never 'taste this' corny, something quite often seen in the new instalment.
Charlize Theron serves her purpose as the film's antagonist 'cypher', but mainly just stomps around shouting technical things and not looking very happy about it. Diesel shows about as much emotion as his tree alter ego but must be praised for his efforts and involvement in and behind the films.
In the end Fast and Furious 8 takes the back seat and becomes too dependent on its action sequences rather than its story. The recent films have not only been fun but actually pretty good, Furious 8 is 'fun' that's it. Poorly written through, script, story and dialog, with forced jokes Fast and Furious has sadly gone from the best film in the franchise to the worst.
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