Vin Diesel Goes Rogue in First Trailer for 'The Fate of the Furious'
By Devvon Eubanks
Nothing is more important than family. Friends may disappear, lovers may leave, and individuals may fail themselves. But is the family unit that serves as a catalyst for a person’s growth and helps many individuals get through some of the worst situations in their lives. However, in the newest trailer for the eighth movie in the “Fast and the Furious” franchise, it may be time for one particular family to be no more.
“The Fate of the Furious” shows team leader and criminal Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew on another job, pilfering an item or obtaining information of some importance…while being hunted down and shot at by pursuers. However, it appears that this is no ordinary job, as Toretto suddenly double-crosses the long-time team and family he formed. As the crew searches for answers behind Dom’s motives, they come across a new adversary in Cipher (Charlize Theron), who Dom is now working for. Understanding they need all the help they can get, the team reluctantly springs and hires the enemy and assassin of “Furious 7,” Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), to help bring Toretto in. Decked out with a new mission, as well as members, cars, and gadgets, the team goes all out to stop Cipher and see if Dom has truly gone rogue.
The charm of the series is present right out of the gate, with witty banter between Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and Tej Parker (Ludacris), as well as the crazy, over-the-top action the movies are known for, keeping audiences on the edge of their seat at every turn. In my view, the crew of the “Fast and Furious” series has gotten much better at keeping audiences engaged with its intense vehicle clashes and hand-to-hand fighting. In the latest installment, the viewer is once again placed in a chase around the world, going from larger city locales complete with bustling traffic to a more arctic setting, putting the collision of cars on ice. Finally, we have the reintroduction of timeless characters of the series, as well as the inclusion of Charlize Theron to the “Fast” family. Personally, I was excited to see Jason Statham make a return, and it is unreal and a pleasure to see him side with the crew this time, especially after his outstanding performance and vendetta against them in the previous film. This is a film that is going to be hard to pass up next spring.
But in spite of all of this excitement amid the rush of revving engines and the cacophony of car crashes, there are still questions left to be answered. Does Dom have a reason for his betrayal? Where does Cypher fit into this whole storyline? And what about the late Paul Walker and his character? Are Dom's actions motivated by him? And will we see him onscreen in digital form, and will there be any references to his character? These and many other concerns will see a resolution when the high-speed, high-octane "Fate of the Furious” is released in theaters on April 14, 2017.