Gary Gray speeds outta 'Compton' and into 'Fast 8'

One of the cars to keep an eye out for: the new Dodge Demon, driven by Dom, Vin Diesel's character. That's why it hit fans and the cast so hard when Walker passed away before production on Furious 7 had completed, and that almost caused the franchise to stop completely.

Coming to the performances in the film, there is nothing new on offer here with the cast doing what they have been doing from the start.

As The Fate of the Furious - also known as Fast & Furious 8 or F8 - opens, it kicks right into full gear and places the audience in the heart of Cuba, where Dominic (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon.

But, just when all seems right a mysterious woman (Oscar victor Charlize Theron) convinces Dom to work against the people that he is closest to resulting in the rest of the crew facing challenges.

With eight movies already in the can, it's impossible to think of the long-running Fast and Furious franchise without certain actors that have starred in it since the beginning popping into your head. They're engaging and over-the-top in all the ways Fast and Furious fans have come to expect. But the core issue for Brian, Paul's character, was this kind of "Who am I?' sort of question". With some very mysterious leverage, Dom betrays Team Fast & Furious for an op that involves securing a powerful EMP device in Berlin, throwing Luke Hobbs (The Rock) to the wolves for incarceration.

Later, Dom is encountered by Cipher (Charlize Theron) who wants Dom to work for her. Her devil may care attitude and complete disregard for public and private property that unleashes absolute carnage will definitely please your guilty indulgences. They also gain a surprise ally in Jason Statham's Deckard Shaw, the villain of Furious 7. Nobody and Scott Eastwood as Little Nobody essentially become the comic relief in the film constantly adding humour to situations that could effectively spell doom.

"The Fate of the Furious", a Universal Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for "prolonged sequences of violence and destruction, suggestive content, and language". Statham first impresses with his unbelievable guile in the action sequences and later brings the house down with his interactions with a toddler during the climax fight.

Directed by F. Gary Gray ("Straight Outta Compton"), "F8" delivers the same big scope and quick pace of the previous "Fast" films, though he cuts together the fight sequences so quickly they're hard to appreciate.

The eighth instalment of the Fast & Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious, is now showing in Malaysian cinemas. It's all about the cars, the action, the worldwide settings and the good-looking cast. Catch it on the big screen.

  • Salvatore Jensen