New roads ahead.
As ludicrously silly and OTT as ever, the petrolhead action-movie franchise rolls relentlessly on with Fast and Furious 8, aka The Fate of the Furious, an instalment that sees Vin Diesel’s carjacker hero Dominic Toretto and his outlaw band picking up new allies and new enemies.
Chief among the latter is Charlize Theron’s ice-blonde cyber terrorist (‘the very definition of high-tech terrorism’), who blackmails Dom into betraying his gang and helping her nefarious missile-stealing, world-threatening plans. Fortunately, a number of old foes – principally Dwayne Johnson’s hulky cop Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s reformed bad guy Deckard Shaw – are now on board to ensure things work out fine.
New director F Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) jacks up the action and the humour, with Helen Mirren as Statham’s gorblimey Cockney mum proving a scene-stealing hoot.
Certificate 12A. Runtime 133 mins. Director F Gary Gray
Fast and Furious 8, aka The Fate of the Furious, available on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on 16th October from Universal Pictures (UK).
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A film critic for over 25 years, Jason admits the job can occasionally be glamorous – sitting on a film festival jury in Portugal; hanging out with Baz Luhrmann at the Chateau Marmont; chatting with Sigourney Weaver about The Archers – but he mostly spends his time in darkened rooms watching films. He’s also written theatre and opera reviews, two guide books on Rome, and competed in a race for Yachting World, whose great wheeze it was to send a seasick film critic to write about his time on the ocean waves. But Jason is happiest on dry land with a classic screwball comedy or Hitchcock thriller.