It literally rains cars. Showrooms have cars speeding
off on their own. Vehicles take off from car parks and fall off dizzy heights
to pile up on busy roads.
The 8th edition which is also titled The
Fate Of The Furious has a fiery start with Vin Diesel as Dom in a breakneck
car chase in Cuba. Besides proving that what matters is who’s behind the wheel,
not what’s under the hood, it also establishes Dom as a damn nice guy.
But his idyllic honeymoon chatter about having a baby
with wife Letty is interrupted when cyber-terrorist Cipher blackmails him into
returning to crime, that too on the side of the baddies. It pitches him against
his own family, his own car-crazy teamwhich includes Letty. The team that gave
up the high of crime fighting for the bliss of domesticity is forced to return
to contend with Dom who’s gone rogue.
Snowmobiles and a submarine join the fight as Cipher
has her finger on the nuclear button with Dom under her command.
But with hunk Luke Hobbs and fast-fisted Deckard Shaw
to provide the balance on the good and noble side, Cipher will be checkmated
and the world will be safe...for a while.
Along with the no-brakes action, the fun spirit of the
franchise also continues. In this edition, it comes from snarky dialogues. From
Kurt Russell as Mr Nobody and Scott Eastwood as his trainee-assistant Little
Nobody. The banter between Hobbs and Shaw who take potshots at each othereven
after being thrown together to fight against Cipher is light-hearted cheesy.
And even if it’s been done before, a cuddly cute baby as
a side attraction in the centre of Shaw’s climax fight adds to the general
feeling of ‘chill, don’t take this too seriously’.
However incredulous the spectacular action may seem,
with Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham around, sequences like the
jail break are polished and professional.
Anopen end ensures that evil will be back again.
Hopefully, Charlize Theron as Cipher will have something more substantial to do
the next time around instead of just pushing buttons and dropping a nasty line
When the world is finally saved, at least for the time
being, director F Gary Gray takes the team back to goodie-goodie family time
and time to say grace at the long dining table. With gurgling Baby Dom as the
For a film that keeps the franchise fighting fit, Fast
& Furious 8 gets a 3* rating.
Journalist & Author