Movie Review: THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS was directed by F. Gary Gray and reunites Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges in a heart-stopping new adventure that also features Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell and Scott Eastwood.

Now that Dom (Vin Diesel), and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are married, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team seems to have found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) lures Dom back into the world of crime and convinces him to betray those closest to him, the crew faces new 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 close-knit crew criss-crosses the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing world chaos — and to bring home the man who made them a family.

Dom meets the beautiful and mysterious Cipher in Cuba and she forces him to leave his team behind to do her evil bidding. He just walks away from everyone he cares about and the big question through half of the movie is why? Without spoiling it for you let’s just say there’s a huge twist to the plot in this eighth installment. What Cipher is wanting to do is get her hands on some nukes and set them off wherever she wants. Dom is out running around as her henchman and the rest of the team is chasing after him which means there’s some hot car chases and major destruction going on all around the world. We literally go from Cuba to New York to the Barents Sea in this go around. Remember, Dom has always said throughout these movies that it’s always “family first” and even though you think he’s gone rogue, this saying still stays true to his heart.

Okay, I liked the storyline for The Fate of the Furious and the introduction of Cipher, played wonderfully by Charlize Theron. This movie also links up with the previous two because she was actually the puppet master pulling the strings in those movies even though we never saw the character. Dom, Hobbs and the gang took out some of her small army so now she’s come out of the shadows and is out to shake things up a bit. I love the returning characters and even the addition of the new ones have pretty much already grown on me. The hilarious friction between Hobbs and Deckard is so much fun to watch as well as the awkward friendship between Roman and Little Nobody who is the newest member of the team. To compliment these interesting characters are the exotic vehicles they get to play with in each movie and Fast 8 is no exception. There’s some cool cars, trucks and tanks globetrotting and with that comes some crazy action scenes and stunts which are all pulled off thanks to some calculated choreography and special effects. It gets a little cheesy at times but it’s still cool.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc only features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, I had a blast watching The Fate of the Furious but with each movie, the stunts get crazier and so over-the-top that it does get a little cheesy at times. There’s some wild action scenes! Sure, some of the stunts are completely unbelievable but they’re still ridiculous fun to watch. Moving on, I wondered how this movie would do since it was the first one made without Paul Walker and I thought they did a really good job with it plus they even paid some respect the late actor. Sadly, he was missed! I liked the “family first” story arc that came with a huge twist and enjoyed all of the characters – old and new. This is a huge cast but each of them have their own time to play on screen and I’m sure that’s hard to pull off. This eighth installment in the long running Fast and Furious franchise arrives on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital GD Combo Pack on July 11th and is worth checking out. It’s not the best in the franchise but it’s still a pretty cool watch.

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 136 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS Headphone / DTS-X / Dolby Digital 2.0 / Spanish and French DD 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 / Spanish and French Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish and French

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include more than an hour of never-before-seen bonus features plus an Extended Director’s Cut of the movie.

  • The Cuban Spirit – As the first major studio motion picture to shoot in Cuba in decades, the country’s effusive spirit permeates the making of the film. (08:04)
  • In the Family – In The Fate of the Furious, family ties are put to the ultimate test. Get an inside look at the family divide. Four featurettes.
  1. Betraying the Family: Cipher and Dom (06:35)
  2. Leaderless: A Family Lost (05:00)
  3. Shaw Family Values (03:56)
  4. Meet The Nobodys (05:45)
  • Car Culture – It’s time to put yourself in the driver’s seat of the supercharged vehicles showcased in The Fate of the Furious. Three featurettes.
  1. The Hero Cars of Fast (10:24)
  2. Zombie Cars (05:35)
  3. The Ripshaw (05:22)
  • All About the Stunts – Go behind the scenes to witness how The Fate of the Furious accomplished the most epic stunts in franchise history. Three featurettes.
  1. Malecon Street Race (06:15)
  2. Iceland Stunt Diaries (06:45)
  3. The Streets of New York (05:27)
  • Extended Prison and Plane Fight Scenes (05:03)
  • Feature Commentary with Director F. Gary Gray
  • Digital HD Copy that is the exclusive way to watch the never-before-seen extended cut.

 

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