Fate of the Furious

"What's it gonna be? You're gonna close your eyes on World War III or you're gonna saddle up and save the entire damn world?"   - Hobbs

release year: 2017
genre: action
viewing setting: home Bluray 7/15/17

synopsis: Dom betrays the others, but that's a secondary problem compared to the nuclear destruction that a cyber-terrorist is about to cause.

impressions: It's madness. Another reviewer who I respect perhaps sums it up best: "Little of what happens in The Fate of the Furious makes sense but that’s not the point. The point is finding a way to get us to the scene where a group of tricked out cars, a monstrous snow plow, and a tank are being chased across a frozen section of the artic by a submarine under the control of a ghost plane.” And he's right. Some of the more outrageous elements in this movie include: a high-speed race in the streets of Cuba, a superhacker who can do anything, remote-control bullshit involving hundreds of self-driving cars being hacked and driven in a pack, an over-the-top villain and henchman who truly do deserve to die, sports cars being driven on the ice in Russia. Little to none of this makes any damn sense, but between the action scenes and the camaraderie between characters, I found that I didn't really care. These movies are great mindless entertainment.

acting: Vin Diesel has a surprisingly deep role this time. Of the other franchise veterans, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have the most screen time and the best fight scenes. New faces this time...Charlize Theron as the super-evil, super-hacking terrorist...Helen Mirren as the mother of the Statham character and his brother...Scott Eastwood as the secret government agency right-hand-man.

final word: Absurd but fun.

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