Spy movies seem to be dominating in the movie scene with the likes of John Wick – Chapter Two and Ghost in the Shell which recently hit the movie circulation and it looks like Fast & Furious 8 seems to have surreptitiously joined the genre with a little bit street style action.
Law Abiding Citizen director F. Gary Gray was the main man behind the production this time around and it appears that he caught on to the cinematographic culture of the franchise with the exaggerated camera movement during fight scenes. The element of surprise and the delivery of the unexpected were just a split second apart. Although, the movie could do away with the exaggerated music when something is revealed to the audience and the unfathomable stunts that could make one roll their eyes.
In the 8th franchise, Dom (Vin Diesel) betrays his family and works hand-in-hand with a villainous hacker known as Cipher (Charlize Theron) and her side kick Conner played by Game of Thrones’ Kristofer Hivju. The family sets out to find out why Dom has gone rogue, to sabotage any plans he and Cipher might have and of course, they’re hoping to bring Dom back. As usual, there’s a fair share of stunts, racing, cars you wish you had and BadA$$ fight scenes. Plus, the group is graced with two new unexpected and unlikely family members.
Although, I continue to question the chemistry between Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez (Mr and Mrs Torretto) because it’s not as convincing as the movie’s car stunts and faking that chemistry should be as easy as the fake chemistry between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel who are rumoured to beefing. Charlize Theron delivered the heat with her beautiful blonde locks to suit up her sexy villainous role; it’s safe to say that it was easy to fall in love with her character – and to hate her. Also, you get to see more of Jason Statham actually acting (and making you crack a few smiles and laugh) as opposed to rigid character that he frequently portrays in movies such as The Transporter
The argument of whether family is more important than self-gratification and which is more satisfying is tested in the film and the script raises a compelling argument for both. However, it is up to Dom to make the choice that best suits his deepest desires.
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