If you thought driving a supercar between skyscrapers was the epitome of epic, you haven’t seen anything yet, as the F&F franchise shows no sign of slowing down with its 8th installment, making it perhaps the longest running movie series with a continuous cast that isn’t the Marvel cinematic universe.
After their last adventure, Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon in Havana. One day Dom is lured by a mysterious woman who reveals to know much about him and press gangs him into her services. So when Dom and Letty are called back into action by Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to secure a WMD, Dom under orders, betrays Hobbs and steals the device.
Hobbs is now in prison, and Dom seemingly gone rogue, Letty and the team, Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Chris Bridges) and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) are severely fractured and demoralised by the betrayal. When Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) breaks Hobbs out and gathers the team, he able to identify the woman who recruited Dom as the cyber terrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron). In order to hunt down Cipher, Nobody enlists the help of their old adversary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). So the Fast and Furious crew is teaming up with The Transporter to take down Imperator Furiosa.
Turns out that Cipher has been operating from behind the scenes for the last few movies, and this is where a lot a plot threads from the previous installment tie into this *deep breath*: Deckard’s brother Owen was hired by Cipher to acquire the Nightshade device in Fast 6, after that failed Cipher contacted Mose Jakande to kidnap Ramsey to obtain God’s Eye in Fast 7 but of course Dom and Brain put a stop to that as well. Cipher then decided to recruit Dom because he has foiled her plans twice now and she blackmails him into stealing Russian nuclear launch codes to re-activate a submarine and basically start World War 3, which is rather amusing because in ties into the whole apocalypse in Mad Max making my Furiosa remark much funny in hindsight, *gasping breath*.
Now if you could follow all of that, then congratulations you’re a true fan, but probably wondering what Cipher has got on Dom to coerce him into working for her. Well, *deeper breath*: between the 5th and 6th films Letty was presumed dead because Michelle Rodriguez has make a career out of being the butch girl who always dies, but not this time, she just had amnesia, but between the mentioned period of time Dom entered into a new relationship with a woman Elena Neves, a Brazilian cop who worked with Hobbs,*inhale*. When Letty re-surfaced and she and Dom were re-united, Elena and Dom parted ways and it was all very touching if a bit forced, but now it turns out that during the whole debacle Elena was pregnant with Dom’s kid and she didn’t say anything until Dom and Letty returned from their honeymoon, but then Cipher got to her and is holding both of them hostage to force Dom to do evil stuff,*exhale*.
But enough about retcons and such, this film is terrific fun, even compared to the previous instalments, its bigger, faster, stronger, and genuinely funny, I’m surprised the scenery was still standing with all the bites taken out of it. Charlize Theron owns the show without even getting behind the wheel, and we see there is humanity to Deckard Shaw , and the ending leaves the door open for yet another sequel, well bring it on, this franchise ain’t getting tired . And last but not least, a nice little tribute to Paul Walker, Dom names his son Brian.