The Fate of the Furious is about...well, what is it about? Is the team going into retirement? No way. Vin Diesel's character Dom is on a honeymoon but then is intercepted by a strange sunglass-appareling lady and we don't know why, but when the Furious are asked to steal something from a Berlin base, Dom makes off with it and is now under her control, or her honored right man. This lady is named Sipher, and makes Anonymous look like me on my first year of attempting to program Mario for the Atari 2600. It's up to the Furious to stop her and her goons against her hi-tech gadgetry, and shoot off their friend if car comes to shove.
So, The F8 of the Furious is directed by F. Gary Gray, who directed the 2003 The Italian Job, my favourite movie of all time. So I was crossing my heart that I wouldn't dislike this movie because it could make me think of it the next time I go and rewatch The Italian Job. Well, I may not have much knowledge of The Fast and Furious, and I don't know if compared to the other movies this is a jewel or a sack of garbage (the only way for me to find out is to go and see the films) but F. Gary Gray has impressed me again. Spectacularly in some parts, and other parts meh.
Now, there are movies like Don't Breathe that I've awarded the same grade as this movie to where I've cared more about the characters. With the exception of Paul Walker (I'm so sorry you had to leave us that way), from what I know, these characters have survived so much they might as well be called "The Fast and the Bulletproof". When Dom goes rogue, after all the movies he's in it's clear he's not playing for keeps, and it was obvious the movie wouldn't go in certain directions. My biggest flawwith this movie is I never really cared about what was going on. The only thing I really cared about was to find out how the smart-ass Sipher would be beaten rather than what our heroes have to endure. But you know what? That's not stopping me from a recommendation. This movie is a hot ride on its own: loud, new if you're new to the franchise, and actually creative in its action. I really like creative action. It gives the chance for some bonkers camerawork and movement across the battlefield behind the green screen.
There's an opening race that sets the swing of car chases (not for the faint of plot) and both the race and the aftermath were terrific. Dom stays a good sport and everything. That was a win. Dwayne Johnson's character whose name I can't remember at the moment (don't kill me, die hard F&F fans) becomes the world's most intimidating soccer coach in a scene that was kind of funny, kind of awkward for me. And then there's a prison scene that was fun under some over the top tunes, and though it was kind of...jolly, and gave Jason Statham a chance to show a clever way to open his cell in a modern-day radiation-filled blue-painted jail, the whole ordeal just seemed...pointless. But there's a scene where I began to stretch if things were as they seemed, and if the writers of this movie had lost their minds. It takes confidence in your material to stretch my beliefs in what the filmmakers were hoping to do. And my favourite part is this kind of car shower or car rebellion or whatever you want to call it. F. Gary Gray really amazed me with that scene. Not only was it something I'd never seen before in a film, it was frighteningly kinetic.
I was thinking about giving this something between a C+ and a B by the halfway point, but then the big fight that always happens in big-budget Vin Diesel and/or Dwayne Johnson films comes up, and I couldn't remove my irises from the screen. F. Gary Gray has proven to me he knows how to be climactic and bring surprises, with short flashbacks that really work. The movie also proudly represented a proper tribute to Paul Walker like everyone else has been saying. See the film to find out what I mean.
In conclusion, F8 doesn't have a very strong story. Like, at all. But its action scenes are some of the funnest since Captain America: Civil War.