There have been many iconic petrolhead films over the years, which proved to many global audiences that the idea of cars and driving can be SO much more than trundling down the A3 in a dimwitted and boring Vauxhall Astra diesel.
They make us dream, they make us wonder; “What if I had a car like that? When will I ever be like Steve McQueen?”
And as far as everyone’s concerned, it was Justin Lin and a bunch of kitted out Japanese cars that really caught the imagination of those millions of converted car fans. The fast and furious series over the past 15 years is amongst one of the most popular movie franchise, EVER!
Overtime though, the fast and furious films have changed…. a lot! And last night, I met up with my friends to watch the latest version: Fast and Furious 8! (Or Fate of the Furious….whatever it is…) Anyway, lets get on with the review.
The plot of Fast and Furious 8 was definitely much more emotional and personal than the previous instalments.
So basically, Dom (Vin Diesel) was very explicitly persuaded by the main villain: Cipher (Charlize Theron) to work for her in order to save his son, in which he had with Elena (Elsa Pataky).
It’s effectively a mentally furious Dom being blackmailed by Cipher, and working with that dread-locked witch meant that he had to turn his back on his crew! (Which explains why the Fast and Furious icon went rouge!)
It’s important to know that Dom never wanted to rebel against ‘family’, he pretty much had no choice until he could think of a way out.
Overall, it’s such a tense story. I imagine everyone in the cinema was sat still, waiting as to what was going to happen. For once, everyone had to think fast, and furiously! Great story.
The Characters And Sequences
Let’s get one thing clear, Deckard (Jason Statham) was the main villain in the previous Fast and Furious film. And he and Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson)……. didn’t have the best of relationships in the beginning of the film.
So much so, after a small riot, they actually punched and smashed the crap out of each other and ended up outside of prison! Before they were assigned to work as a team, in order to catch Dom.
I have to say though, the scenes in this film were fabulously thought out and well edited!
The short one with Luke and Deckard basically threatening each other, differentiated each actor’s home countries and stereotypes perfectly. (I just can’t quite recall exactly what they said XD)
And Jason Statham was incredibly surprising, AND funny! He was more like Frank Martin from the Transporter series, rather than a vicious antagonist. And his attitude towards Dom’s son was freaking hysterical. I couldn’t stop laughing.
Nonetheless, you’ll be sitting very comfortably during the opening sequence of the film. Because it started off with this gorgeous 1960 Impala 2-door cruising into Havana, Cuba!
And by then, the single most butt clenching street race in the whole of the Fast and Furious franchise takes place!
It’s between a hard man’s 1955 Ford Mainline (I think…) and Dom’s cousin’s battered 1949-50 Chevrolet Deluxe with some fairly serious NOS installed!
You could argue that there was masses of CGI throughout the sequences, and whilst that’s true, it’s conventional to the Fast and Furious series. So I’m fine with that.
And the scenes without the cars were still awesome! Roman was being his usual hilarious self while nicknaming a bearded fork lift driver ‘black Santa’.
I shouldn’t, but I laughed so hard at that XD, as well as him not remembering Ramsey’s last name…
Overall then, the characters were acting extremely well, and each and every scene and sequence was very engaging!
Now it’s time to talk about the most symbolic props of every Fast and Furious film- the cars!
As you’d expect, you’ll find Dom in an array of classic American muscle!
In Cuba, he was in the 1960 Impala, in NYC, he piloted a 1971-72 Plymouth GTX, and of course the Dodge Charger was present too. Be it with a jet thrust device and on ice, but a 1968 Charger nonetheless!
Dom’s cars were carefully chosen, so they represented his character with ease. Oh, and those new 840bhp Challenger Hellcat Demons were used! Which means that you’ve seen it before release, in the trailer!
They proved to be very quick, very loud and able to withstand a Boeing 747’s engine’s thrust at 200mph….
The cars in the NYC sequence used by the protagonist crew were also well thought out as well, Letty was reflecting Dom with a heavily modified ’60s Corvette Stingray, while the others made do with a Merc AMG GT, a Jag F-Type and Roman meanwhile, had this Bentley Continental GT.
If there’s any room for criticism, I would complain that the producers got the sounds mixed up with the cars being used. I mean, how does a 6.0 litre Bentley supposed to sound like a 3.0 supercharged Jaguar V6???
And the Toyota GT-86 in that sequence, wanted to sound something like a Porsche 911 GT3…
Even if we head back to Cuba, that battered Chevrolet quite clearly had a straight six under the bonnet, but the editors dubbed in a big block V8 soundtrack! WTF??
And one other thing, am I the only one who thought that mass controlling of cars thing was a bit over the top? As soon as Cipher’s crew managed to take control of a big amount of cars in NYC, I just thought to myself: “Really?”
And whilst we’re on the subject of criticism, I thought that showing the scene of Dom’s son and Elena being held hostage was a bit….depressing.
Aside those picky little faults, this is a very good film! Vin Diesel was right, it DOES deserve a shot at the Oscars!
It’s better than Fast and Furious 5, it’s better than 4 in my opinion.
It may not be the greatest Fast and Furious film to have ever existed, but it’s certainly the most exciting!