Highly Suspect Reviews: The Fate of the Furious

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Eight. How the hell are there eight Fast and the Furious films? Why? Because of groups of people like us keep LOVING THE ($#% out of them! Not ‘so bad it’s good’ so much as ‘big, dumb, and perfectly executed for maximum fun’, the series has regardless certainly had its ups and downs. This time, Jason Statham gets slid from the ‘bad guy’ category to the ‘family’ category (you knew it was coming), Vin Diesel has a secret with Charlize Theron and he has to betray his family, and lots of spy shit happens. Things blow up, Lamborghinis fall from the sky, dogs and cats sleeping together, total anarchy. But is it enjoyable? Chris, Richard, Harris, Joe and Brian (that’s right, BRIAN) give it a look-see.


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4 thoughts on “Highly Suspect Reviews: The Fate of the Furious”

  1. I’m not entirely sure it makes sense for Brian to say that it’s a positive for this series to be willing to kill people off when the sixth film rendered the concept of death meaningless. Letty survived a car explosion and came back with Terminator amnesia. Han died in a car accident retroactively caused by the villain of the 7th film. Gal Gadot died in an accident that was far less severe than the crash/explosion that only put Luke Evans in the hospital, and it was off screen. Death in this series is as contrived and absurd as everything else. The only question is whether or not the film is entertaining.

    1st film- boring and dated. would rather just watch the original Point Break.
    2nd film- more boring and more lame since most of the car stuff is CGI.
    3rd film- attempts to be serious and fails miserably. Lazy, dull, and and a complete charisma black hole
    4th film- less dull than previous entries but still completely unmemorable aside from bringing back the original cast. What occurred in this one? I honestly can’t remember
    5th film- Still mostly dull until it reaches the climax. The first moment of genuinely memorable and exciting action in the whole series up to this point
    6th film- My personal favorite. The most exciting, the best villain, and a decent balance of action leading up to the climax.
    7th film- Opposite of Fast 6. Action and story were okay (aside from the stupid spy shit) up until the climax which was utterly unengaging. Statham has more charisma than Luke Evans, but he isn’t as good of a villain. Really felt like it should have ended at #7.

    How long is it before Gal Gadot is revived as an ancient Greek car warrior or Han returns as an undead car ninja? Will Jason Voorhees possess a car to kill people? Will Dom have to drive Christine? Will they end up in the world of Maximum Overdrive? These are all less ridiculous ideas than what you guys have described as the plot of this movie.

    I just want it to end. I had fun with the last few entries. It’s a series that started bad and got good by embracing how bad it was, but I don’t want them to run that joke into the ground so badly that I can’t even enjoy these ironically anymore. Let it die.

  2. I’ve enjoyed this series so far and F8 has kept the streak going for my enjoyment of this series. The action was great, both the car stuff and the fist fights, despite how admittedly silly and crazy it gets at points, the comedic parts were entertaining, and I even liked the drama revolving around Dom Toretto which added an emotional crux that kept me invented through the whole thing. I was never bored watching this film and had a great time watching it.

    Here’s how the Fast & Furious movie go in order as far as my preference goes, favorite to least favorite:
    1. Furious 7
    2. Fast & Furious (the 4th film)
    3. The Fate of the Furious
    4. Fast & Furious 6
    5. Fast Five
    6. The Fast and the Furious (the 1st film)
    7. 2 Fast 2 Furious
    8. The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift

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