What do you get when you have a movie franchise that has made billions and billions of dollars worldwide? The answer is sequels--and lots of them. The Fast and the Furious movie franchise has been wildly popular with audiences--the secret sauce for success being a combination of fast cars, high drama, fast cars, women, fast cars, a criminal element, and of course, more fast cars. On Friday, April 14, 2017, the eighth installment of the franchise, entitled, "The Fate of the Furious" opened in US theaters. This film, like it's Fast and Furious predecessors, promises to deliver high-octane action and thrills straight from the fast lane.
Within the first 24 hours of release, the trailer for "The Fate of the Furious" had received over 139 million views. Hmmm, could it be that there is a little bit of excitement over the release of this movie? Many of the original cast members will be returning for this installment, including Vin Diesel, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Brown, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell and Elsa Pataky. Don't look for Jordana Brewster, however, as she will not be a part of "The Fate of the Furious." This movie will also be the first of the Fast and the Furious series to be made since the untimely death of Paul Walker (Brian O' Connor). It is evident from the trailer, however, that in this film Brian O' Connor may be gone, but he is far from forgotten.
"The Fate of the Furious" saga begins in Cuba, where Dom and Letty are enjoying their honeymoon. A strange, diabolical woman known as Cipher (Charlize Theron) presents herself to Dom, and that's when things begin to go awry and unravel. For reasons unknown, Dom then abandons his family and becomes under the full control of this mysterious woman. Dom becomes embroiled in some far-reaching criminal activity masterminded by the strange woman who is "the most formidable villain" ever featured in a Fast and Furious film. Undaunted and still fully believing in him, Dom's family sets out on an international odyssey in an attempt to find out what happened to Dom and of course, to get him back.
Filmed in Cuba, Iceland, and Cleveland and set in New York City, "The Fate of the Furious" is loaded with amazing action sequences, thrills and, of course, some pretty epic spills. One important action sequence contains a very climactic scene in which thirty cars careen off a building and then crash onto the ground, topping the previous automobile fatality rate created in previous F & F's films. As expected, many fabulous souped up cars will be featured in the movie including a Japanese Nissan valued at over two million dollars
As if racing automobiles, car crashes and explosives weren't enough excitement--add to the mix a big story line for Agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson), who apparently will somehow end up in prison. This fact sets itself up well for what is likely to be a very gnarly prison break scene. We can't wait!
"The Fate of the Furious" is unbelievably cool. With plenty of dazzling racing scenes, massive car pile-ups, all manner of vehicular mayhem, and of course bad boy Vin Diesel going rogue--well, "The Fate of the Furious" promises to be nothing short of a thrilling joy ride. "The Fate of the Furious" is in theaters now.