Here's one of the trailers I've been looking forward to. Credit to the Fast & Furious franchise, as while they've continued to be ridiculous, they certain have my attention for reasons that extend to both the winning ensemble cast and creative ways to come up with new titles. This time around we have The Fate of the Furious, because I assume Vin Diesel is a huge fan of puns. Anyway, enjoy the trailer for what I will, going forward, only refer to as The F8te of the Furious.
So how about that? Once again the stakes seem to be quite high, as far as watching a ragtag group of racers and hackers coming together to drive cars fast enough to beat down the bad guys. There may be some sort of step down as far as what sort of ground there is to cover, given how the "family" has gotten smaller with the loss of Paul Walker, but it seems director F. Gary Gray wants to do his best to honor this franchises' legacy and add some new ideas.
The biggest change up is the nature of the story, which finds Diesel's Dom turning on his much prized family in order to do the bidding of a a mysterious villain played by Charlize Theron. Clearly something must be motivating Dom to act this way (much like Transformers 5), but we surely won't know until the movie comes out. In the meantime, the solution is to bring back the evil Jason Statham character, which already has me laughing at the over-the-top nature of these sort of relationships, as The Rock certainly like to play up a certain kind of performance when it comes to these films.
Still, that's all good when it comes to this series. The craft of these stories may not be high art, but there's a goofy charm that goes along with the camaraderie and handling of the action. Speaking of action, we already have a glimpse of the team trying to out-drive a submarine, so that fulfills at least one of the crazy action set-pieces set up for this film. Given that F8te filmed in Iceland, Cuba and New York, there is surely plenty to look forward to in regards to the stunts this time around.
The F8te of the Furious opens April 14, 2017.
On the heels of 2015’s Furious 7, one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide in box-office history and the sixth-biggest global title of all time, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time: The Fate of the Furious.
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
For The Fate of the Furious, Vin Diesel is joined by a returning all-star cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. In addition to Theron, the series welcomes newcomers Scott Eastwood and Oscar® winner Helen Mirren. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and produced by returning producers Neal H. Moritz, Michael Fottrell and Diesel.