Eight Times Faster and More FuriousAs we prepare for the Lenten break, let me leave you with this movie review, one that still keeps my heart beating fast and adrenaline pumping through my veins as I write this post. Malls will be closed for two days but come Black Saturday, if you happen to find yourself inside a mall and has time to spare, I guarantee you two hours of well-spent entertainment. Fast and the Furious 8 will keep you hanging on to your seats.
Okay, let me backtrack. Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to see the movie along with fellow members of the press. As we slipped into the first fifteen minutes of the film, it was already showing so much promise. There was a lengthy street race that stayed true to the spirit of the franchise.
Technically, you might say that what Dom (Vin Diesel) is impossible but look beyond the stunts and recognize that those first few high-octane scenes set the mood for the overall theme of the movie – FAMILY.
In this eight part of the franchise, Dom and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon in Cuba but out of nowhere, a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) drags Dom into a world of terrorism and cybercrime. He then betrays his team and his family, much to their disbelief. It is now a quest to find Dom, demand answers and find out who this woman was.
If coming into the cinemas with great expectations for the movie, I will not ask you to lower them. In terms of action, high speed chases and general bad-assery, Fast and the Furious 8 fully delivers. The movie plays true to the tried and tested formula that kept the other movies such big box office hits.
The plot is a little more complex this time around but continues from where the seventh film left off where everyone is finding normal lives across the globe. Charlize Theron was a very nice and wicker addition to the cast as she lends her acting prowess to play off against the unstable personality of Dom. I must admit that she did more than an amazing job.
There was conflict between Hobbes (Dwayne Johnson) and Dom which also unfortunately manifested in real life which I hope was already resolved. I’m a fan of both actors and the franchise was resurrected when those two worked together.
I’m not exaggerating when I mentioned that there is more action in this film than the previous movies. There’s a wild street race in Cuba, a race with a submarine (yes a submarine) in Russia and it will rain cars!!! You’ll get it when you watch the movie.
Also, what I love most with this movie is the great emphasis of the importance of family. It wasn’t just a theme written in the plot to attempt to appeal to the female and more emotional audiences in the cinemas but as a strong core plot to the entire franchise. Like I say, bad-ass but with a good heart.
So, mark your calendars and phone apps, Fast and the Furious 8, opens in Philippine theaters this Saturday. Make it a point not to miss it. I highly recommend the film. Also you might like the couple of surprise characters in the film.
Photo credits: COLUMBIA PICTURES
Fast and Furious 8 Movie Review
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Fast and the Furious 8
Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson
5 stars out of 5