Is there any other franchise that has 8th film as memorable and entertaining as this Fast & Furious film is? When other franchises give up after making 3 or 4 films, Fast & Furious is getting bigger, better and ridiculously entertaining with every sequel. Fast & Furious 8 provides plenty of high-octane action sequences and vehicular mayhem fans of the series want.
Great. Liked the way director F Gary Gray shot the film, especially the scenes on the busy streets of Manhattan (New York) and the climax action sequence in Russia.
Cinematography: Brilliant. Every single shot is beautifully captured.
Story: Good. It’s emotional and feels different to its predecessors.
Acting: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris – all acts pretty well but it’s Jason Statham and Charlize Theron who steals the show. Jason gets some of the coolest action moments and best dialogues. After serving as a memorable but minor villain in Fast & Furious 7, he gets to show what he can really do in a Fast & Furious film. Charlize plays the role of a cyber-terrorist to perfection.
*Opening street race scene in Havana (Cuba) sets the tone perfectly for the movie and fans get to see what Fast films were once all about, i.e., street racing.
*The Manhattan (New York) sequence is the movie’s most insane and effective action set-piece. Thousands of automatically driven zombie cars get destroyed on streets. It’s the craziest on-road action sequence that’ll make your jaw drop like anything.
*Verbal spat between rivals The Rock and Jason Statham in a prison is fun to watch, followed by hand-to-hand combat scene which is bone crunching, to say the least.
*Jason Statham’s mid-air plane infiltration and kicking ass whilst holding a baby solidifies his rightful place in the series. The most notable thing about this sequence isn’t the quality of the hand-to-hand combat or the gun play which are both great, but the humor that weaves through the action. The way Jason protects baby from riffled men will give you non-stop laughs.
*The final nuclear submarine chase scene on a frozen bay in Russia is a pretty long and explosive one. It’s huge in terms of scale with out of this world action set piece that looks spectacular.
Rating and Final Verdict: 4.5/5*
If you’re looking for a high dose of over-the-top action with top class entertainment, this is a film worth seeing on the big screen. One thing that I missed badly though is the presence of Paul Walker – most loved actor of the Fast saga. There’s a scene or two where we see how badly Fast team misses Paul’s character in the film. And there’s an emotional surprising moment towards the end that will bring tears of joy to your eyes. I’m 100% sure that Fast & Furious 8 will set Box-Office on fire globally and will race past $1 Billion soon as it has everything that a big Blockbuster film needs. Fast & Furious 8 is reportedly the first of a new trilogy within the franchise and its sequel is set to release on April 19, 2019, which I now can’t wait to see.
Review by: TeJan Shrivastava