Once again, we return to the Fast and Furious saga, with Fast 8, or Fate of the Furious, or The Fast and Furious 8, or #F8. Whichever title rocks your boat.
The Taiwanese soap opera of Action Movies is back with number 8, and just like you forgot the plots of the previous seven installments, you will forget this one too. Personally, I think you should try to remember at least the last three movies, because got some link one.
But no fear! Nobody watches a Fast and Furious movie for the story! We just want to know, "Was the action good?", "Did they outdo themselves in the 夸张 Department?" and "How many cars did they destroy this time?"
The answer to that is Yes, Very Much Yes, and Way Too Many to Count.
You watch Fast and Furious movies because you know they will beat the bad guys. Like a Ip Man movie. But you still watch because you want to see HOW they beat the bad guys.
The big bad person this time is Charlize Theron, whom I love but she didn't get to be as evil as I wanted her to be. Still, she makes for a great villain, as the hacker Cipher. Kinda like Anonymous but with better looks. I just wish she got out more, instead of doing her hacking in her secret lair.
Every member of the cast is fun to watch. They know their parts already (like the banter and chemistry of Tyrese and Ludacris) but the new power couples like Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson were also enjoyable to watch. Yes, Deckard Shaw joins the good guys this time.
F8 was not as good as the previous 5, 6 and 7, I felt, but still a serviceable addition to the series. I had a good time watching driverless cars vs Russian motorcade, sports cars vs submarine, and The Rock vs a concrete bench. All of which I could suspend disbelief for.
But one thing bothered me throughout the entire movie (besides the floating captions whenever they changed locales). And there is a minor spoiler here so stop if you are sensitive.
Most of you may know that Jason Statham, Deckard Shaw in the movie, was the enemy of Vin Diesel's family in Furious 7, right? And you know that he killed Han in Fast and Furious 6, right?
SO HOW COME HE CAN BE FRIEND-FRIEND WITH THE TEAM IN FURIOUS 8???