What Would Dom Toretto Do? The answer is: everything.
F8 is the latest installment of this never-ending franchise. It has endured the death of its A-list stars (RIP Paul Walker) as well as deaths of their characters. It has kept its pedal pushed firmly on the floor while speeding through any on or off-screen issue it has faced.
This film decided to change lanes and give audiences a different type of challenge. The one thing that could derail Team Furious would be having to go against the one man they can’t beat. That man is their own leader – Dom. Played by Vin Diesel (The Pacifier, XXX), Dom has been turned against his team and his wife. A mysterious woman played by Charlize Theron seduces Dom into a life of crime and betrayal.
This story then gets crazy in true Fast and Furious fashion. This time around though there is an abundance of technology and hacking involved. The craziest scheme takes place in the heart of New York City. The evil regime that Dom is now joined with is able to hack into the guidance systems of all the cars in the area. This gives them full driving control of each and every car. From their high-tech headquarters in the sky they’re able to drive hundreds of cars around New York causing havoc on the streets and allowing them to create a high-end robbery. This is just the surface of the over the top scenarios that this movie contains. Submarines plowing through ice while shooting missiles at a group of sports cars actually feels fitting in a film with such off-the-wall excitement as this one movie provides.
Now it isn’t all mind numbing plot points. There is an actual side story that peaks interest as much as the regular film. Characters played by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson (Tooth Fairy, Ballers) and Jason Statham (Gnomeo & Juliet, The Transporter) create a rivalry that carries throughout the film. Their hatred for each other and promises to fight add an entertaining undercard. Forced to work together to help bring down Toretto they actually find out that they aren’t all that different from one another. A respect is grown that alters their relationship possibly for good.
This movie is fun. I haven’t seen any of the films in this franchise since part three, but I was able to watch this one with no problem. I may have missed a quick inside joke or two but overall you’ll be fine not seeing any others before this one. No, of course there isn’t a deep thought-provoking plot line. There is a lot of action, a lot of flashy toys to look at and a lot of quality actors that will keep you entertained for the full two hours. Sit back. Relax. Turn off your thinker and enjoy this prime example of a summer blockbuster.
7 out of 10