When a franchise gets to film number 8, you’re expecting good things. Somehow this series has stayed alive and made a whole lot of money, and now it’s back again. The ‘family’ is back! And you know what, it’s not too bad actually.
This one finds Vin Diesel’s Dom being coerced into working for Charlize Theron’s villainous Cipher and betraying his ‘family’. The rest of the ‘family’ must come together to stop them from launching a nuclear weapon or something. The plot rarely matters in these movies. But that’s okay, because that’s not really what these movies about. They think they’re about ‘family’, but really they’re about crazy and awesome action scenes that sometimes feature cars. And this film delivers on that!
Some of the action scenes in this film are pretty great. From Statham and the Rock breaking out of prison, to a submarine chase over ice. Statham in particular in this one gets a lot more to do than just glare out of a car. He’s forced to work with the ‘family’ to stop Dom and Cipher and he’s great. As mentioned the prison breakout is awesome, but he has one scene on a plane that’s really really great. The rest of the cast are better in this one too. The Rock is great and Michelle Rodriguez gives her best performance, as does Vin Diesel. There is one exception though, as Tyreese Gibson is still the worst character. He’s not funny, he’s not good at anything, he just gets in the way and seems to annoy everyone. Get rid of him. Please!
There’s a drag race shoved into this film to prove it’s still a ‘Fast & Furious‘ movie which is decent, and there’s a chase scene in New York with hundreds of self-driving cars which is utterly ridiculous but still fairly fun. And that’s what this movie is all about: ridiculous fun. The cast are all clearly having a great time, and for the first time properly in this franchise I think I can probably say I did too.
‘Furious 7‘ was also pretty great, and this one is probably about on par with that. It’s well acted for what it is, the story isn’t amazing but it is interesting enough and gets you invested in the story just enough to take you from action scene to action scene. The action is sometimes over the top and mental but also really great. This is a fun movie. I don’t know how they managed to get to 8 movies but finally I might actually be kind of excited for the next one. In summary: not the best, not the smartest, but definitely fun.
JACK’S SCORE: 3/5