Fast and Furious 8 – A movie of mad silliness

Written by Talha Javaid

Logic is a factor which has never been part of the fast and furious films, Generation Z explores.

After a long wait, fans finally got to experience the 8th instalment of this successful petrolhead franchise. With each movie, you can always predict the quality of the film by its opening action scene. In fate of the furious, we are in the streets of Havana, Cuba one of the most photogenic cities on the planet.

The scene initiates a race between the main protagonist Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) in a death trap of a car. Despite having the disadvantage Dom wins even though he is driving backwards, as his car is engulfing in flames, oh and also without the title said mad silliness.

The film oozes alpha male supremacy. In Vin Diesel, Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson, ironically the film has the three of baldest, shiniest and most bronzed men in Hollywood.  When they start to engage in a fight, it’s like watching a human game of conker. But we have to give it to Statham as he definitely outdone himself in this movie, with impressive fight sequences mixed with a gurgling baby in a travel seat.

The cameo from British grand dame Helen Mirrer as his tea loving mother was just a cherry on top of a cake.

The baby is a main factor of the plot. The child-menacing baddie is a super-hacker Cipher (Charlize Theron, kitted out with stringy blond dreadlocks, which are meant to suggest “punk princess of cyber darkness”) Cipher’s aim is to gather WMD’s but of course since she hails the power to hack into any device which has a chip, including and the most obvious most cars – what the movie fails to provide the reason for why she needs all the weapons. So as a villain whilst she had prospect, she failed to live up to her dynamic factor.

The movie fails as a narrative, there are more questions than answers as the plot is all over the place. But like I said before Logic has never been the strong area for the series. Overall Generation Z gives Fast and Furious 8 a 7/10 purely because of Jason Statham’s rescue scene of Dom’s baby.


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