Rev your engines for the 'Fate of the Furious'

The eighth installment of the Fast and Furious series is distinguished by stunts so absurd they could only have been accomplished by someone sitting at a computer, and by lines of dialogue so absurd they could only have been crafted by someone sitting at a computer doing tequila shots. You have to completely disconnect yourself from reality and your knowledge of physics to enjoy this movie, but you will be entertained if you do.

As its tagline announces, Fast 8 opens up "new roads ahead" reminding us why the franchise is here to stay. Go into this needing to smile and I guarantee that you will. Nobody (Kurt Russell) to go get Dominic and see what's going on in that big Barry Bonds-size head of his.

The Fast and the Furious is a franchise that could've conceivably ended at three different points, but is still going.

This is a must watch for fans of the Fast and Furious saga. The first five minutes, that's exactly what I'm getting.

It's a much-used formula, nothing new or groundbreaking, but a familiar and proven one.

This comes after Vin said his relationship with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is misunderstood, amid new reports of searing tension between the A-list action heroes over professional differences during last summer's filming of The Fate of the Furious.

"I was definitely not complaining", he told USA Today. It would be wise if F. Gary Gray's installment were, in fact, the last we'd see of Dom Toretto, allowing characters with far more flexibility like Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw to take over.

And just like that, the franchise got super-sized. I grew up reading Motor Trend, Automobile, and auto and Driver religiously. So when a franchise came around that was about cars; one not just throwing in a vehicle chase here and there or some sexy B-roll footage but one really about cars, I latched onto it.

With The Fate of the Furious in the rearview, it's important the studio carefully consider the series' future direction. This movie's goal is to be fun, and it is wildly successful at it. At the same time though, I feel that movies shouldn't require homework and if there is any explanations due, I can pick them up along the way. This movie's action is just the stupid kind of fun I'm an absolute sucker for. Of course you can't help but laugh at the enormous stupidity of what's actually happening, but Fast & Furious 8 is totally cool with that, which in itself is totally cool. The production value is there - the stunts are huge, the actors are famous and, in generally, the thing is well put together.

One such film franchise has found recent global success and has managed to surprisingly stay relevant for 16 years, despite its lack of beloved source material or overblown superpowers.

Nick Smith is a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Salvatore Jensen