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FLY Review: Fate of the Furious Proves You Can Teach An Old Dog New Tricks!

Furious 7 left fans of the storied franchise saying there is no way they can top the action/insanity that they witnessed in the James Wan directed film. Director F.Gary Gray and producer/star Vin Diesel are up for the challenge with the latest installment The Fate of the Furious.

 

Letty (MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ) connects with Dom (VIN DIESEL) in “The Fate of the Furious.” On the heels of 2015’s “Furious 7,” one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time.

F8 immediately sets the tone with Dom (Vin Diesel) and his new wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) celebrating their honeymoon in Havana, Cuba. You get the vibe of a Fast & Furious film immediately as bikini clad women grace the screen and loud music blares through the theater speakers. The action kicks in instantly when Dom’s cousin gets caught up with a local gangster who wants to repossess his rusty looking hot rod. Cousin Dom of course isn’t here for the strong picking on the weak and challenges his cousin’s bully to a street race.

VIN DIESEL stars as Dom in “The Fate of the Furious.” On the heels of 2015’s “Furious 7,” one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time.

We are then treated to a heart racing, unbelievable race scene where Dom puts on full display his amazing driving skills while facing some ridiculous odds that will surely get a rise out Fast and Furious fans. To make the moment even more cheesy, we even get some classic “Domisms” after the race is over and he earns the gangsters respect. As rapidly as things pick up in the film they also go left pretty fast. Dom’s beautiful honeymoon gets weird when he is confronted by the beautiful yet very sinister hacker Cipher (Charlize Theron).

Dom (VIN DIESEL) is recruited by Cipher (CHARLIZE THERON) in “The Fate of the Furious.” On the heels of 2015’s “Furious 7,” one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time.

She makes the fearless leader an offer he can’t refuse after she shows him some footage on a cellphone that leaves Dom looking like he just got punched in the gut. Dom is now left with a tough decision he has to make and at the same time is called back into action by his new friend Hobbs (Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson). La Familia reunites for a new mission when they have to retrieve an EMP device, which is light work for them. Things seem to be going according to plan until Dom pulls a fast one on his family and in my best *Dwayne Johnson voice* goes rogue.

La Familia now faces their biggest threat ever in their former leader teaming up with Cipher. Down two members with Brian (Paul Walker) now being strictly a family man and Dom now terrorizing them. With the help of Mr.Nobody (Kurt Russell) the gang gets a new boost from teammates, F7’s villain Ian Shaw (Jason Statham) and rookie to the Fast and Furious universe Eric Reisner (Scott Eastwood) whom the team affectionately calls “Little Nobody”. The team must now race against time to prevent a worldwide catastrophe and stop/save their once fearless leader Dom.All the while they barely leave the driver seats of the cars. AMAZING!

VIN DIESEL stars as Dom in “The Fate of the Furious.” On the heels of 2015’s “Furious 7,” one of the fastest movies to reach $1 billion worldwide and the sixth-biggest global title in box-office history, comes the newest chapter in one of the most popular and enduring motion-picture serials of all time.

Final Verdict

Fate of the Furious is still the same old dog we have come to love with some new tricks. Fans of the franchise will love this film as the explosions and car stunts have been taken to another level. While some scenes are just ridiculous e.g. chasing down a Russian ambassador on the streets of NYC carefree or Hobbs pushing a torpedo with his bare hands you quickly understand that this comes with the territory.

You will also notice the scarcity of scenes involving both The Rock and Vin Diesel which also adds fuel to the whole feud rumor. BUT to make up for it, The Rock and Statham’s dynamic easily makes your forget all about that and have you asking for more of Hobbs and Shaw. Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) take their on-screen camaraderie to another level and bring in the comedic factor to the story. Tyrese does a lot more yelling this time around and even gets called out for in the film. Charlize Theron brings in some new flavor to the Fast & Furious universe as the new baddie on the block but is not as memorable as previous films antagonist sadly. Letty does her part as the wife who hasn’t given up hope on her husband and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) fits right in with the gang.

If you are looking for just pure entertainment and could care less about things making much sense then Fate of the Furious is for you. As far as action is concerned F8 surpasses it’s predecessor easily with the use of remote-controlled vehicles, amazing sets and locations, prison brawls, strategically placed wrecking balls, mega explosions and of course a nuclear submarine.

Dom’s reasoning for going rogue seems a bit forced but it still works, especially thanks to one scene with Statham’s character Ian Shaw (I won’t spoilt that for you). Fate of the Furious is still a fun ride and should go down as one of the franchise’s best films. Will this film bring in a billion like F7 though? Probably and I wouldn’t be surprised if it did. Still, Fate of the Furious deserves all the money that is coming its way and should definitely be on list of things to do this upcoming weekend.

3.5 out of 5

Fate of the Furious races into theaters April 14th!

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Last Night in NYC: The Cast of The Fate of The Furious Takeover NYC To Reveal The Film’s Trailer!

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It’s here! The trailer for the eighth film in the storied Fast & Furious movie franchise has finally arrived and it looks pretty damn good!

We know, we know how can they top the billion dollar beast that was last film Furious 7? Well it looks like director F.Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) will be taking Fast & Furious to another level for the 8th film. Saturday the title of the latest chapter in the Fast & Furious saga was revealed and last night F.Gary Gray alongside the film’s stars Vin Diesel, Tyrese Gibson, The Rock, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges and more took over Times Square’s 56 video billboards to reveal the trailer for the highly anticipated film.

Synopsis:

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.

F.Gary Gray promises to deliver a Fast & Furious experience we have never seen before with #F8 and we believe he will. If you don’t believe us, check out the trailer below:

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The Fate of The Furious is in theaters and IMAX April 17th, 2017! Checkout some photos from #F8 in the gallery below.

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‘STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON’ Director F. Gary Gray Discusses Preparing The Cast To Play Their ICONIC Roles

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This past weekend, the stars of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON: Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, and O’Shea Jackson Jr., Executive Producer Ice Cube, Director F. Gary Gray, and legendary N.W.A member DJ Yella held a press conference in Los Angeles to discuss the making of the film.

Gary Gray tasked the cast with not only portraying their character on screen, but essentially becoming these legendary artists:

“I just filled him [O’Shea Jackson, Jr.] up with ammunition. He would have everything he needed to understand how I felt during that time,” said Ice Cube on his son’s portrayal of him in the film.

Gary Gray touched on the intense amount of work the cast had to go through to become the legendary members of N.W.A. The talented Jason Mitchell, who plays Eazy-E in the film, talked to how this experience is the job of a lifetime and how happy he is to bring life to the fallen gangsta rap icon:

“The second to last week of shooting was called the Eazy week. By that time, we had built up a brotherhood so strong, that when they saw me laying in that [hospital] bed, they weren’t seeing Eazy, they were seeing Jason,” said Jason Mitchell on the bond the cast shares.

The cast has developed a brotherhood that translates on screen as we journey through the years of N.W.A Make sure to catch STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON in theaters August 14th!

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Big Sean, Ice Cube, F. Gary Gray And The Cast Of STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON Host Private Screening In Detroit

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In 1980’s California, a group of young men (O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell) formed the hip-hop group N.W.A and revolutionized music and pop culture with brutally honest songs about life in the ‘hood.

Last night, July 22, 2015 Ice Cube, F. Gary Gray, Big Sean, O’Shea Jackson, Jr. and Jason Mitchell hosted a private screening of the Universal Pictures’ film STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON.

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