Critics' Pick

The Fate of the Furious (PG-13)

Action/Adventure 136 min. April 14, 2017
By Kristen Yoonsoo Kim
Holy motors! This is perhaps the fastest, and if not, certainly the most furious of the Fast & Furious movies. The goal with each new film seems to be to one-up the last. But before F8 goes into full gear, it gives a good ol' drag race in Cuba, featuring main man Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) doing what he does best: revving up a vehicle to fire-catching speed while talking about living life a quarter-mile at a time.

This opening sequence is not just a nostalgic reminder of the series' kickoff 16 years ago. It also serves as a burst of pure, promising showmanship from Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray -- in his first Furious movie -- who immediately puts his stamp on the film with exhilarating style.

Of course, anyone who has see the trailers or commercials knows that Dom's moment of victory won't last long. This is the movie where he betrays that family that, sequel after sequel, he hasn't been able to stop talking about. Tapped by cyber-terrorist Cipher (Charlize Theron) -- never trust a white woman in dreads -- Dom is coerced into turning against his own squad. Dom's disloyalty weighs hard on everyone, but it certainly hits his wife Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) the hardest. Gray and his stars anchor all the action to come with surprisingly emotional credibility.
F. Gary Gray Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Helen Mirren, Kurt Russell, Charlize Theron, Elsa Pataky Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Michael Fottrell Universal Pictures

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