Movie Review - The Fate of the Furious (you should know what to expect by now)

Synopsis (From IMDB): Now that the crew has been exonerated and Dom and Letty are finally on their honeymoon, things seem to be going well for the team. Until Dom is forced to betray his family after being coerced into doing jobs for the mysterious Cypher. Now the team must crisscross the globe to stop Cypher and bring back the man who made them a family.

So this makes eight. At this point, you should know what to expect when going into a Fast movie. For fans of the franchise, it's all there for you to enjoy. There are fast cars, beautiful women, ridiculous stunts, and the action movie one-liners. If you have watched any of the trailers for this movie you know that the driving conflict in this movie is what could make Dom betray his team/family. For the most part, I would say that it works on a level of showing what would you do if you were in Dom's position. I like that about the movie. You already know the characters as most of them were in Fast 7 and those relationships are still intact. The new characters in the movie are not bad and actually fit into the story well. Charlize Theron's Cypher is believable as a woman who will do anything to get what she wants. She is ruthless and unforgiving, to me she played the role very well. Scott Eastwood is in here as well and while at first, he was annoying his scenes with Tyrese were actually pretty good. I did like the action in the movie as well, while they do have their ridiculous let's pretend that science doesn't exist moments of the film, it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be and just like with Fast 7 I thought they toned down some of that foolishness to the betterment of the movie.

Once again I find myself having an issue with the henchmen r' us elements in these types of movies. There are also a couple of actors here that I thought didn't get enough screen time I can't say one person without it being a spoiler so I won't mention that character but Helen Mirren and Kristofer Hivju (he's the wildling from Game of Thrones with the hots for Brienne of Tarth). I wish they kind of had a little more to do but I guess that's just me. As much as I liked the story there is one element of the movie that afterward made me realize that logistically speaking it is impossible for that to have occurred. Once again it's a spoiler so I can't mention it but it is part of the main plot. Outside of those things I couldn't find anything that I wasn't expecting or hadn't seen in the other films in the franchise.

For Parents
It's PG-13 and in all honesty, there is nothing in this movie that hasn't been in any of the previous installments. Personally, I don't think that it's bad but there is a little language, scantily clad women in a couple of scenes and some violence. Nothing gory but there are some fight scenes and deaths that happen. It runs at a little over two hours and it's paced well. The movie doesn't drag and you don't feel the length at all.

The Verdict
Honestly, I give this a MATINEE. It's not a bad movie and by now if you are still watching this series then you know what to expect. They did leave this one open for the 9th installment so I am looking forward to seeing what they do in the next one. Have you seen the movie? What did you think? Are you up for more from the Fast series or are you getting off now? Let's discuss in the comments and as always thanks for reading.


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