So we’re now up to Fast and the Furious 8 with Fate of the Furious the movie franchise that started back in 2001 with fast, neon-lit, cars and illegal street racing that had many of us on the edge of our seats with the heart pounding sound of high-octane engines burning rubber on the roads while a banging soundtrack joined in the fun.

Over the years the movies have slowly moved away from the street racing scene and now they have taken the other arc of the original film, remember in the first movie when they were pulling heists!

Over the series of movies in the franchise, we have seen the team working with the Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) and more recently Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell), all of them moving further and further away from the street racing and becoming more of an xXx style movie with badass stunts, some ropey CGI in earlier movies and espionage!

Kurt Russell in The Fast of the Furious 8 (2017)

Kurt Russell in The Fast of the Furious 8 (2017) – © Universal Pictures

Fast and the Furious 8 or Fate of the Furious has stepped even further away from the street racing, yes we have a wild and unbelievable race sequence in Cuba at the beginning of the film, which certainly puts you on track for the crazy stuff that will be happening later on in the movie and now we find that Dom (Vin Diesel) is approached by a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) who seduces him into the world of terrorism and a betrayal of those closest to him, his crew have no idea what is happening to him and why he is acting the way he is.

Charlize Theron and Vin Diesel in The Fast of the Furious 8 (2017)

Charlize Theron and Vin Diesel in The Fast of the Furious 8 (2017) – © Universal Pictures

The team are recruited again by Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell) to find out what is happening and who is behind the terrorism, so the use of the “Gods Eye” from the previous movie is brought into use to track Dom down.

Fast and the Furious 8 – Fueled Up!

I have to say that the movie is very much action packed, the chase sequences are brilliantly done if not a little far-fetched, well actually very far fetched, but they fit in nicely with the genre that the film is. It’s great to have the cast back together in this one, sadly without the late Paul Walker as Brian, although he does get a mention so look out for that, it’s also nice to see Scot Eastwood (son of Clint Eastwood) in the movie as Little Nobody.

Loved Helen Mirren’s role in the movie as Jason Statham character’s mum, absolutely brilliant and her scenes did bring a smile to my face with the comedic timing that was nicely placed in the movie.

Helen Mirren and Vin Diesel in The Fast of the Furious 8 (2017)

Helen Mirren and Vin Diesel in The Fast of the Furious 8 (2017)

If you love action movies then this is certainly one that you will want to see on a big cinema screen, the chase sequence in Iceland is totally comic book style with the action, but it all fits in with the craziness of how the Fast and Furious franchise has gone over the years, personally I would love to have seen the movies go more in the direction away from a xXx, secret agent, style movie and back to how the first two movies were, but this is the way they are going forward and so be it.

Fast and the Furious 8 Trailer

Fast and the Furious 8 is fun, silly, exciting, moving and just a great way to spend a night out with friends at the cinema. So check it out and just enjoy the ride a quarter of a mile at a time!

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
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