By Murtaza Ali Khan
Featured in IMDb Critic Reviews
Just don't listen to the naysayers! Fast & Furious 8 (aka The Fate of the Furious) is everything it promises to be and more. The latest edition is indeed bigger and grander than all the previous instalments and achieving that is no mean feat.
Once again leading the charge is the larger-than-life macho anti-hero Dominic Toretto, essayed by the one and only Vin Diesel. As one would expect, the movie is all about fast cars, hot chicks, dashing daredevils and exotic locations. If you are still not convinced then we will give you not one but ten reasons that make Fast & Furious 8 one of the biggest blockbusters of the year.
1. Vin Diesel unleashes the Toretto of old
We all know that Dominic Toretto works for no one. He is the master of his own fate. If there is one thing that he cares for in this world it is his family. Of late we have been witnessing a somewhat mellowed down version of Toretto, who, having signed a pact of understanding with Hobbs, has given up on his adventurous past to settle down with the love of his life, Letty. But, as they say, old habits die hard. In Fast & Furious 8, Toretto returns to his maverick ways and yet again shows why he is so feared by the law the world over. Once he has made up his mind there is no stopping him and Hobbs and company learn this the hard way.
2. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's comic timing
Wrestler turned actor, Dwayne Johnson is quite easily one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Ever since he became the part of the Fast & Furious series, the franchise has attained new heights. While Johnson's hulky physique is what makes him an instant action movie icon, it is his remarkable comic timing that gives him a definite edge over the others. In Fast & Furious 8, his comic timing is better than ever. Although, in terms of screen presence, he pales in comparison to Vin Diesel and Jason Statham, the comic relief that he offers certainly makes him stand apart amidst the stellar ensemble cast.
3. Charlize Theron's femme fatale-esque portrayal of Cipher
The character of Furiosa that Charlize Theron played in Mad Max: Fury Road has given her career a new lease of life. Suddenly, she is being looked upon as a natural choice for action flicks. The Oscar-winning South African beauty delivers a chilling performance in Fast & Furious 8. As the femme fatale-esque Cipher who seduces Toretto, she is a sight to behold for the sore eyes. In fact, her convincing performance is one of the major reasons that make Fast & Furious 8 tick.
4. Jason Statham's no nonsense act
Jason Statham's entry to the Fast & Furious franchise has been nothing short of a revelation. He brings in with him truckloads of action movie experience. In Fast & Furious 8, he delivers yet another no nonsense performance as Deckard. In a way, he seems to be making up for the void created by Paul Walker's sad departure. His chemistry with Vin Diesel is certainly one of the movie's strong points.
5. A high-octane extravaganza that's bigger and grander than ever
Fast & Furious 8 can best be described as a showcase of adrenaline pumping action right from the word go. It is absolute mayhem and carnage with high octane sequences abound. The chase sequences even one-up the ones we got to witness in Fast & Furious 7.
6. Cameo appearance from Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren is one of the greatest living actresses and watching her emote on the big screen is always a treat in itself. In Fast & Furious 8, she makes an important cameo appearance which will certainly stay with the viewers. Without giving away too much, all that can be said is that her character is the key to the rivalry between Torreto and Deckard.
7. Michelle Rodriguez' Letty once again melts your heart
There are some characters that are just impossible to dislike. Letty is one such character. She is everything a guy like Torreto loves to see in his woman. Over the years Michelle Rodriguez has made the character her own. In Fast & Furious 8, she yet again brings her A-game to the table. Prepare to be blown away by her heart-melting act!
8. Well-thought out plot with enough twists and turns
Fast & Furious 8 has a well-thought out plot that offers enough twists and turns to stay engaged. The usual thing with most action-adventure films is that the plot takes the back seat but fortunately the narrative arcs in Fast & Furious 8 are reasonably well devised and complement the character arcs really well.
9. Breathtaking vistas abound
Fast & Furious 8 takes us on a rollercoaster of a ride from the shores of Cuba to the streets of the Big Apple to the icy terrains of the Arctic. You will get to savor probably some of the coolest high octane, adrenaline pumping action/chase sequences choreographed in recent times. While watching Fast & Furious 8, not for a second there does one feel the mundaneness of the day to day life and that's exactly what is expected by viewers from the Fast & Furious brand of cinema.
10. Mindboggling visual effects
One of the strongest points of Fast & Furious 8 is its mind-boggling special effects that make the movie a visual spectacle. A story like this can only be told in a seamless manner if the visual elements are well tied together. Even minor glitches can take the fun away and the results can be disastrous. Credit goes to the VFX team of Fast & Furious 8 for pulling this off so brilliantly!
A version of this review was first published in Wittyfeed.
Fast & Furious 8 Trailer (YouTube)
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