“The Fate of the Furious”

The whole concept of hyper guys in fast cars taking foolish chances is showing its age

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – After seven slightly similar sequels around the track, “The Fast and Furious” franchise is showing serious signs of wear and tear.

In fact, the whole concept of hyper guys in fast cars taking foolish chances is showing its age.

“The Fate of the Furious”, desperate to try something new, has high octane super hero Vin Diesel falling under the spell of wicked Charleze Theron.

To its credit, “The Fate of the Furious” never slows down  for a moment with its ridiculous heroics. If it’s over the top stunt driving  you’re after, Diesel and his crew don’t disappoint. The disappointment comes in part from Dwayne Johnson and Jason

Statham overdoing everything with their macho ham acting.

Essentially “The Fate of the Furious” finds itself torn between catering to the PG-13 audience and a sense of even the slightest realism creeping into the bloodless action.

And it’s such a slopping production. The film’s centerpiece car chase gimmick is so matter of fact as to throw away its intended impact.

But the clincher comes during the final credits, with the absence of any applause from the diehards during preview night.

This all translates into a chilly reception.

They’ve seen it all too many times before to welcome a 2 hour and 15 minute retread stuck in second gear.

“The Fate of the Furious” will have to accept its fate of running out of gas by generating only 2 stars

Let’s fact reality…the movie world can do without seeing Vin Diesel breaking the speed barrier and wearing out another set of tires.




2 stars

Rated PG-13

2 hours 15 minutes

Vin Diesel, Charleze Theron, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell