The Dallas Movie Screening Group

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Friday, April 14, 2017

The Fate of the Furious





How many times can a action movie franchise make itself bigger, badder and more ridiculously over the top than the last one. The Fast and Furious world of criminals and street racers have blown themselves out of the water so much and yet they keep us coming back for more. The unfortunate passing of Paul Walker would have spelled the ending of series, but after the touching memorial of the last film it seems they will continue this mindless ludicrous yet oddly satisfying films until they are too old and can't think of more stunts. Directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and written by Chris Morgan moves the "family" into less heist for profit scenarios and more international espionage. It seems that this new saving the world attitude will make them the new superheros.

As always the film includes the usual scantily clad beautiful women booty shots while hanging around cars while selling this idealized image of the race car world. They also have to have a race to justify this eye candy involving the vintage cars of Cuba, where Dom and Letty (Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriquez) are spending their honeymoon. Enter Charlize Theron as the evil cyber terrorist, Cipher who gets Dom to betray his team by showing him some information to force him to work for her. At the same time, DSS Agent Luke Hobbs is recruited by Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) and his rookie sidekick Eric (Scott Eastman who looks just like his father Clint only shorter), to track down some tech that Cipher is planning to steal, which of course she does with the help of Dom, leaving his team spinning they wheels at his traitors actions. Soon, Letty, Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris Bridges) and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) are faced with having to use their skills to get back Dom. Mr. Nobody brings in Deckard Shaw, a rogue special forces assassin, who was captured in the last movie, to help them out. Snarky remarks, and macho blustering ensue between Hobbs and Shaw.

The set up is just to show off some of the most amazing action sequences including using the automated driver-less car features on new models, filling the streets of New York, while some of them hurl themselves off of parking structures. Then there's the Russian sub base in the cold tundra while the team driving their favorite cars race on the ice while being pursued by the Russian army and the sub under the ice. The movie clocks at two hours and forty minutes, and it doesn't let up so you can't think of any possible hole thereby you can buy into whatever crazy thing is happening on the screen. By the end, the audience is so entranced they are applauding the cameos of some favorite returning faces that helped in the plot. Plus, the inclusion of Helen Mirren just makes it that much more enjoyable.
(Review by reesa)



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