On his honeymoon in Cuba, Dom (Vin Diesel) stops to help a woman having car problems. What Dom doesn’t know is the woman is an international hacker known as Cipher (Charlize Theron). Cipher asks Dom to work for her. When he turns it down, she shows him something that convinces him to take the job.
An assignment in Germany has Dom, Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), and Tej (Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges) joining up with Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) to retrieve an EMP device. Dom steals the EMP and Hobbs finds himself heading to prison. Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) and his new protegé, Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood), save Hobbs from prison in exchange for him working for them.
As Dom continues his descent, Letty, Hobbs, and the crew try to stop him before he can complete his mission. With some unexpected, and unwanted help, the gang hunt down Dom and Cipher.
In the first movie since losing Paul Walker, The Fate of the Furious shows the series can go on without him, while giving a momentary nod to its star.
The acting is exactly what you would expect from a Fast and Furious movie. By that, I mean the movie focuses more on action that trying to up the level of its cast. And I’m fine with this. The crew does what they do best – drive cars and blow stuff up – and nothing less. Jason Statham not only brings the action up a notch, but also shows off his comedic side that he has recently perfected. Newcomers to the series Scott Eastwood and Charlize Theron do their part to mix it up. Eastwood as Little Nobody, and the butt of most of the jokes, and Theron as the psychotic hacker who will stop at nothing to get what she wants.
After exploring just about every type of villain they could come up with, The Fate of the Furious comes up with the one bad guy they can’t beat – Dom Toretto. Taking a cue from Captain America: Civil War and Batman v. Superman, they jump in on the current trend of the good guys having to fight each other. Somewhere around the middle of the series, Fast and Furious decided to not take itself seriously at all and we are all better for it. They realized that all they needed to do was drive fast, blow shit up, and make silly quips and they would have a successful movie. It’s an easy formula that, if they stick to it, will keep the movies fun.
Even without Paul Walker, The Fate of the Furious comes in as one of the top movies in the franchise. Somehow, even eight movies in, the story doesn’t feel tired. It clocks in above the 2 hour mark, but it goes by quickly. Its PG-13 rating means you can take the kids. It’s an entertaining ride that will leave you wanting more.