the fate of the furious review

The Fate of the Furious, like one of its heroes, wants to live life a quarter mile at a time. On a moment-to-moment basis, the eighth entry in the Fast and the Furious franchise offers visceral thrills that come close to rivaling some of the series’ standout chases. But as the film rides its way to an ice-bound conclusion that requires our heroes to literally stop World War III from happening, it becomes all-but-impossible to accept some of the leaps of logic Fate takes in how its characters treat each other and the fabled family. This is the first entry in a while that talks a bigger game than it walks (or drives).

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Fast and Furious property damage infographics

While we recently featured a round of infographics that counted a bunch of statistics from the Fast and Furious franchise, from how much screentime there is for gratuitous shots of the backsides of women to how many shots there were of odometers/tachometers, there was one thing that wasn’t counted: property damage.

Over the years, the Fast and Furious franchise has only gotten more bombastic and crazy when it comes to the action. What started as a primarily car chase based franchise that only resulted in the damage of some street racing cars and maybe a mailbox or street lamp has turned into a huge heist film series where buildings are seriously damaged and plenty of expensive vehicles are totaled. How much does all that cost? Someone crunched the numbers in an effort to figure it out.

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fast and furious jurassic park crossover

The Fate of the Furious, the latest high octane goof-fest from the Fast and the Furious series, comes rip-roaring into theaters this weekend. What started as a fairly dull Point Break knock-off with street racing instead of surfing somehow blossomed into a delightful, silly, universally embraced franchise. As the series unveils its eighth entry, one question remains: where does Dominic Toretto and his family go from here?

Some would say the logical (or perhaps illogical) next step is space, the final frontier. Even Fate of the Furious screenwriter Chris Morgan acknowledged as much recently, and didn’t completely shoot down the idea, saying, “Look, I get all versions of that question. I get, ‘Are you going to space?,’ and, ‘Please, God, tell me you’re not going to space because you’ll lose me if you do.’ The only way I’d go to space is if I had something so good.

I submit, however, that the Furious franchise need not slip the surly bonds of earth, but rather stay rooted to terra firma. And then bring in some dinosaurs.

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fast and furious bollywood rip-off

It’s an unspoken rule in the movie industry that if Hollywood makes it, Bollywood will come…and create their own musical version. But apart from a couple of impressive song and dance sequences, the Bollywood rip-off usually pales in comparison to the original. Dhoom, the emphatically great Bollywood series inspired by the Fast and Furious franchise, is an exception.

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Fast and Furious Infographics

With the eighth movie in the Fast and Furious franchise arriving this weekend, we’ll get all-new sequences of ridiculous action, explosions and uses of the word family. Those are just some of the things you can expect from each and every film in the franchise, and the folks at Bloomberg decided to fiercely crunch the numbers for all of the seven previous movies leading up to The Fate of the Furious. The result is a plethora of infographics counting everything from how many shots there are of odometers/tachometers to how much screentime is given to female butts.

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craziest car scenes

Whether it’s trains, planes, or automobiles, speeding vehicles have made for some of the best nail-biting, jaw-dropping moments in cinematic history. Entire franchises have been built around car crashes and explosions that, while defying the laws of physics, have reinforced the magic of Hollywood. There’s probably no greater testament to this than the Fast and the Furious franchise, which never ceases to amaze when it comes to wonderfully ridiculous car-related stunts. I thought it would be impossible to top 2015’s Furious 7, which features the late Paul Walker and Vin Diesel crashing a red W Motors Lukan Hypersport through not one, not two, but three skyscrapers in Abu Dubai, but The Fate of the Furious could certainly unseat its predecessor.

In celebrating cinema’s love of fast cars and our love of the Fast and the Furious films, here are some of the best and the craziest car chases, jumps and stunts outside of that series.

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Most Ridiculous Fast and Furious Moments

Narrowing down the most ridiculous moments of the Fast & Furious franchise proved to be a difficult task, considering how, you know, the entire damn franchise is comprised of ridiculous moments. But that’s a big part of the reason I love these movies. With the series’ eighth film, The Fate of the Furious, arriving this Friday, there’s no better time to glance in our rear view mirrors and take a tour through the most ridiculous moments in Fast history. Fill your NOS tanks, grab yourself a Corona, and prepare to race through this list a quarter mile at a time. Read More »

fast and furious movies ranked

It’s safe to say that nobody saw the success of the Fast and Furious series coming. What began as a straightforward tale of cops, robbers, and illegal street racing has ballooned (exploded?) into a globetrotting saga of espionage, high-stakes action, impossible heists, dramatic intrigue that would make your daytime soap opera of choice feel a little hot and bothered, and, most importantly, the importance of family. There’s nothing else quite like these movies and the world is a louder, weirder, nuttier place for their existence.

With the eighth film in the series, The Fate of the Furious, arriving this week, we decided it was time to do what the internet does to every long-running movie series at some point. It was time to rank the Fast and Furious movies.

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The Fate of the Furious

I’d argue that there’s no one more important to the Fast and Furious franchise than Chris Morgan. Directors and actors have come and gone, but Morgan has been the sole writer on these movies since 2006’s Tokyo Drift, which was the turning point that saved the franchise from direct-to-DVD obscurity. He’s the series’ architect, crafting the blueprints responsible for its meteoric rise in popularity and helping to turn what began as a simple Point Break riff into a billion dollar box office behemoth. In addition to writing every movie since then, he also executive produced Fast and Furious 6, Furious 7, and the newest film in the series, The Fate of the Furious, which comes out this Friday.

Last week, I had the chance to speak with Morgan about the process of crafting a new sequel. In addition to teasing a possible return for Han Seoul-Oh and updating me about his exciting time travel sci-fi film Crime of the Century, we chatted about how many set piece ideas he has left, if he ever consults physicists about the series’ insane action sequences, whether he’ll ever take Dom into space, and much more. Read More »

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The Fate of the Furious

The Fast and Furious franchise is known for its crazy action scenes and bombastic explosions, but the core of the saga has always been about one thing: family. Sixteen years after the original movie hit theaters, The Fate of the Furious comes roaring into theaters this Friday, and while it does feature a hefty number of explosions, the most important thing the film blows up is the series’ central thesis. Vin Diesel’s Dominic Toretto goes rogue and turns his back on those he loves, and the group dynamic will never be the same.

Rob Cohen and John Singleton kicked off this franchise with one movie each, and Justin Lin put his stamp on it in a big way by directing the next four films. James Wan admirably took over for Lin on Furious 7, but the newest member of the Fast directors club is F. Gary Gray, riding high after the success of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. Last week, I had the opportunity to speak with Gray about how much input he has on a big franchise like this, the dangers and challenges of filming a car chase on real melting ice, and much more. Read More »