Fast and Furious 8: The Fate of the Furious, the latest chapter in Universal’s box office-throttling franchise, is a clinic in lunacy, destruction, and unbridled joy. In other words, it lives to up the Fast and Furious legacy.
Director F. Gary Gray has the keys this time around, and gives the franchise a gut-punch of a twist: Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has turned on his team and, under the command of the nuclear winter blonde villain known as Cipher (Charlize Theron), threatens to destroy the Furious family and everything we love about them.
Gray has a keen understanding of the Furious world. The Fate of the Furious is more self-aware than its predecessors, and belligerently absurd in the best way possible. But even though it has a really fun, twisty concept and a great villain, it doesn’t always know how to handle all of these moving parts.
The Fate of the Furious isn’t the best Fast and Furious film (it probably lands in the top half of the franchise’s eight films), but it’s still worth seeing, and fans, especially Furious’s loyal Lambo-loving steeds, will be satisfied.
We’ll post a full review of the film before it opens on Friday, but for now here are five initial takeaways from The Fate of the Furious.