‘Fate of the Furious’ contains unexpected betrayal and more

June 29, 2017


Dom, portrayed by Vin Diesel, betrays his family to work with cyberterrorist Cipher, portrayed by Charlize Theron. – Universal Pictures

Jonathan Shaul
Staff Reporter | jds103@latech.edu


Fast and the Furious
Rating – Five of Five Stars


It has been 16 years since “The Fast and the Furious” first gave the audience a NOS and destruction filled feature. The main characters were criminals according to the law, but they won the audience over by the end of the film.


Brian O’Connor, played by Paul Walker, was an undercover cop sent to track the movements of Dominic Toretto (Dom), played by Vin Diesel. In the end Brian chose to become a part of Dom’s crew, which he viewed as a family.


The eighth installment of the franchise, “The Fate of the Furious,” opened at Celebrity Theaters in Ruston April 13. The film is also referred to as “Fast 8.”


Just like the other movies it had high-end cars, racing, theft, love, betrayal, action and, in the end, redemption. All of the films have led up to this point and many of the crew’s successful missions have lead them to this specific situation.


The film opens in Havana, Cuba, with Dom and Letty, played by Michelle Rodriguez, on their honeymoon when Dom receives a call from Hobbe, played by Dwayne Johnson. During the final leg of said mission, Dom betrays the crew and takes a dangerous weapon of mass destruction.


Many fans have been asking since the moment the first trailer was released, “How could Dom betray his crew, but more specifically Letty?” Dom literally calls his crew his family and he betrays them because of a woman named Cipher, played by Charlize Theron.


When Letty was presumed dead by the team and the government, Dom was heartbroken; now he betrays her shortly after they get married.


Throughout the film the team hunts Dom down to figure out the answer to that question. Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jason Statham and others returned to reprise their roles from the previous films along with some new, and even some unexpected characters.


There were also a couple of plot twists people didn’t see coming, but they were hinted at earlier in the film. Humor was also tied in quite eloquently; none of it was really that slapstick type of humor or the type so dumb one can’t help but laugh. This can be attributed to both the script writers and the ability of the cast to make it sound genuine.


Fast 8 is family friendly as well. It is rated PG-13 and the pre-production and production teams kept it relatively clean. There was not much profanity, no nudity and the fight scenes ending in death weren’t very gory.


Much time was spent revealing more about previously existing characters and developing new ones, although some could have used a bit more background to fully understand the characters and their transformation through the film.


Some of this could be attributed to scenes which were cut to make the film flow a little better, but the film definitely needed a bit more story to develop the new characters more smoothly.


The overall plotline was great and really gave the viewer the action they’re used to, but also a decent amount of comic relief.


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