The Fate of the Furious

By Jackie Raphael

3.5 stars 

If you are a fan of the Fast and Furious franchise, you will probably enjoy the latest instalment, The Fate of the Furious. While Paul Walker is certainly missed, there are several small tributes throughout the film and some welcome new additions to the line up. Charlize Theron joins the cast as the new villain (Cipher), and Scott Eastwood and Kurt Russell play the new agents named Little Nobody and Mr Nobody respectively. There are also a couple of special appearances, which I do not want to spoil, but they certainly add to the excitement of the film. 

The usual crew are back with Michelle Rodriguez (Letty), Tyrese Gibson (Roman), Chris "Ludacris" Bridges (Tej Parker), Nathalie Emmanuel (Ramsey), Dwayne Johnson (Hobbs) and of course Vin Diesel (Dom). As with the previous films, this instalment has a lot of fast cars, undercover work and further explores the importance of family. The plot centres around Dom, who is blackmailed by Cipher to work for her, but he does not tell his team, so they are left feeling betrayed and confused. Along with Deckard (Jason Statham), the team is recruited by Mr Nobody to stop Dom and Cipher. 

Theron often over-acts when she plays a villain and unfortunately this is no exception. Statham was the stand-out performer with a hilarious fight sequence and his usual loveable charm. Johnson, Gibson and Eastwood also provided a lot of laughs. Director F. Gary Gray created some great action scenes, however he could have shortened the film a bit, as it begins to drag on.

As usual, there were some ridiculous moments, in particular a scene where the team drive their cars to surround someone to protect them from a massive blast. However, it is something we have come to accept and kind of love about these films. I am still surprised at how successful this franchise has been since the original was basically a rip-off of the brilliant film Point Break. I was also amazed that they managed to keep it going without Walker. I would say this eighth film probably sits in the top four in the series, so if you are a fan it is worth seeing. 

Here are some photos from the film premier in Perth, Event Cinemas, Innaloo. Gorgeous car collection!