The Fate of The Furious (2017): Family Means Nobody Gets Left Behind, or Forgotten

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What do you expect when you are about to see the latest movie from Fast and Furious franchise? This franchise has been morphing itself from movies about sexy girls and sport racing cars into action heroes who want to save the world movie that involves drama, and still, expensive sport cars. The latest movie of this franchise opens with the honeymoon session between Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Leticia “Letty” Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) in Havana, Cuba. Their honeymoon was disrupted by a mysterious woman called Cipher (not Furiosa unfortunately, played by our Empress Furiosa herself, Charlize Theron) who wants Toretto to join her team. 

For his first job, Toretto has to steal a machine from Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and the rest of his team. Feel betrayed by Toretto, the team: ex-criminal Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), tech savvy Tej Parker (Ludacris) and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) and of course Letty, try to figure out the motive behind Toretto betrayal. Meanwhile, they were hired by Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) and Little Nobody (Scott Eastwood) to stop Cipher from triggering the third world war. In order to do so, they have to cooperate with their ex-enemy, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) who has been released from the prison.

This movie has released with the same formula as the prequels, with more humors somehow. The big theme is contrast with the movie poster: “Family No More” instead, family is the great background in this movie. Family, in this case his ex-girlfriend Elena Navas (Elsa Pataky) and her Toretto son , also the reason behind Toretto’s betrayal to his said-to-be-family team. Family then becomes the reason Toretto meets Mrs. Shaw (Helen Mirren, whose appearance really made my day), mother of both Deckard and Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), and ask for her help to free his son from Cipher. And since I quote the legendary Lilo and Stitch (2002) quotes on the title of this review, the name Toretto gives to his son at the end of this movie explains why there’s no one left behind (except those who are made dead on the prequels) on this franchise.

However this star studded movie still feels a little hollow, compared to the prequel FF7. Theron, though she plays her role with sophistication as always, could be more ruthless and tactical as the most fearsome IT expert in this world (told to be “even Anonymous scares of her”) than just a women with braided hair and bluetooth headset on her ears. Her character, Cipher, is also lack of reasoning to become a truly good villain. So instead of being the most extraordinary hacker in the world, Theron’s Cipher looks more like a marketing agent with sarcastic face. The consolidation with criminals Shaw Brothers is also confusing, and feels like the agency is now creating their own Suicide Squad. The return of both Jason Statham and Luke Evans can make this movie richer, but a little bit out of context. 

So if you like movie about cars and action, this movie can be your options to spend your weekend. I give this movie 7.7/10.

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