The main question of “The Fate of the Furious” most fans will be asking is: “Did we need another sequel?” Because the last movie, “Furious 7,” had one of the most respectful tributes to the late Paul Walker, who died in a car accident in 2013. Who could forget Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s “See You Again” playing during that clip montage? The series should have ended there, and maybe do some solo movies.
For example: a solo movie should have been set between Agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and criminal Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). In this movie, they end up in the same maximum security prison, trading one-liners about how they plan to kill each other, and when they start a prison riot, Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) steps in. These two enemies are the best things about this movie, and every scene they’re together in makes me smile.
But the movies breaks down, as Dominic Torreto (Vin Diesel) and his wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon in Cuba. But a cyber terrorist named Cipher (Charlize Theron), whom Dom used to know, manipulates him to join her mission for a global terrorist attack. Why would he betray his family. I can’t say because most people are going to want to see it. However, if you don’t plan to (because of my “Furious 7” intro), you can ask me in person.
Cipher and Don attack Mr. Nobody’s base, and head off to New York to steal nuclear codes. There, she controls almost every car, thus causing a reign of wall-to-wall special effects, and car crashes. With or without this subplot, I’m glad I never drive in the Big Apple. And finally, they head off to Russia in order to steal a submarine to complete her master plan.
“The Fate of the Furious” only works when Hobbs and Shaw get at each other’s throats (at least they want to) thanks to Johnson and Statham’s chemistry, and when the audience finds out why Dom would go rogue, and you’ll love Diesel’s continuous strong acting there. Those two things are more captivating to me than anything else in the movie. Tyrese Gibson’s antics and jokes have grown tired, Mr. Nobody’s newbie assistant (Scott Eastwood) is lame, the villains are irritating, the zombie cars are long and boring, and the inspiration has grown weak. I’ve enjoyed the other “Fast and Furious” movies, but I think we can agree we only needed solo movies. Hopefully between Hobbs and Shaw.