Fate of the Furious takes a turn for the worse

Warning: This review may contain some mild spoilers.

Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman named Cipher (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom (Vin Diesel) into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.

From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, the elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Dom and Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) go to Berlin with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), Tej (Ludacris), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel). They have an EMP in their possession and now have a number of goons on their tail.

They take them out with a wrecking ball that Tej helped set up. When they get far enough, they split up. Hobbs rides next to Dom and thanks him for the help, promising beers when this is over. Dom doesn’t say a word, but then slams into Hobbs’ truck, causing him to crash. Dom takes the EMP and leaves Hobbs to get arrested as he informs the others that Dom has gone rogue.

Hobbs is locked up in the same prison as Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), with their cells directly across from each other. Before being taken to his cell, Hobbs meets with Agent Frank Petty, aka “Mr. Nobody” (Kurt Russell), and his new partner, Eric Reisner, who is later nicknamed “Little Nobody” (Scott Eastwood). Mr. Nobody wants to help Hobbs and vice versa, but Hobbs doesn’t quite trust him. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew is hiding out at a garage, still in disbelief that Dom betrayed them.

Hobbs and Deckard (Jason Statham) join the rest of the crew at Nobody’s HQ as they are briefed on the mysterious woman known as Cipher. Deckard knows her because she recruited his brother, Owen (Luke Evans), to steal the Nightshade, and was also involved in getting Mose Jakande to steal The God’s Eye surveillance system.

Since Dom foiled both those plans, it makes sense that she would go after him directly. Letty recognizes Cipher’s henchman, Connor Rhodes (Kristofer Hivju), from her days working with Owen. Roman suggests they use God’s Eye to locate Dom. When Ramsey tries to do so, they get hit with signals from all around the globe. After removing the least likely areas, they are left with one location—the very building they are standing in.

An explosion goes off and knocks everyone down. Dom and Cipher come in and steal God’s Eye. As they are walking away, Letty calls Dom out and asks if he’s really going to turn his back on his family. Dom doesn’t say a word, but Cipher walks up to him and kisses him in front of Letty and they walk out together.

I haven’t been able to watch the other seven films in the franchise, but this movie is definitely worth it for the fans. It has a touching dedication to Brian O’Connor (Paul Walker’s character) after he died. It definitely had so much adrenaline that I was on the edge of my seat with all the action sequences that made you feel like you were there.

I thought the story was well-written for the franchise that it’s in. It had the mixture of comedy and action that kept you entertained. For someone who hasn’t seen the other seven movies, I was able to understand what was all going on in the movie.

The highlight of the film was the main focus on the importance of family. You should never give up on family no matter what comes in the way.

If you’re a Fast & Furious fan or just a moviegoer, I would recommend seeing this movie. You will enjoy the ride.

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