Fast & Furious 8 (The Fate of the Furious) Friday, 03 April 2020

Fast & Furious 8 (The Fate of the Furious)

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    M: Action violence and coarse language.

  • The pitch:

    Will scramble your senses.

  • Starring:

    Vin Diesel, Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Luke Evans, Elsa Pataky, Kristofer Hivju, Scott Eastwood

  • Directed by:

    F. Gary Gray

  • Running time:

    136 minutes

  • Rated:

    M (Australia), 12A (UK), PG-13 (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot, punched, kicked, slapped, thrown from moving vehicles, trapped in a crashed car, thrown through the air/against walls/into a propeller/through a window, throat-grabbed, near-choked, near-drowned, handcuffed, dropped, tasered, hit with objects, head-slammed, arm-snapped, threatend at knife-point/gunpoint, pushed, pile-driven, headbutted, tackled, covered in breaking glass, near-crushed, tied up, gagged, elbowed, face-grabbed, pursued. A woman is shot dead in front of her child and her ex-partner. An infant is almost sucked out of a plane. Hand-to-hand combat (lots), prison riot/breakout, jumping over/from high ledges. Vehicles (cars/motorcycles/trucks) get rammed, flipped, sideswiped, t-boned, smashed, exploded, driven into the sea, hit by a giant wrecking ball, rear-ended, harpooned, crushed, rolled, hit by a missile, blasted through the air, hit by a submarine. Vehicles drive at speed through large groups of pedestrians (no injuries), vehicles smash into objects/stalls, fall from high ledges, crash into the ground/other vehicles, motorcyclists are thrown through the air, vehicle pile-ups. Engine fires/burning vehicles, smashed windscreens, grenades thrown, glass window panels shot/driven through, a wall is punched. A helicopter is shot down, a submarine explodes. Mass panic/property damage, explosions, burning objects, fireballs. Mexican standoff. A character says "you're dead" and makes a throat-slitting gesture, a character threatens to kill a man's child. Weapons/guns room. Arms dealers, WMD, international espionage, nuclear weapons/nukes, military separatists, suicide, World War III mentioned. Arguing, yelling, screaming. Blood/gore: A few bruises and scrapes, burn scars. Bloody nose (barely visible). Blood spatter on wall. Factory workers seen gutting fish/blood on workbench. Patient on stretcher/in ambulance. A character says "it would look better with your blood on it". Knuckle-cracking, bone-snapping, neck-cracking sounds heard. An arm is trapped in a closing door.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    Kissing, flirting, ogling, caressing. Couple in bed together on their honeymoon. Suggestive dancing. Very skimpy clothing (underbutts visible). A man says "she's a 10" about a female colleague, two men ask a woman to pick which of them she likes the most. A woman kisses a man in front of his wife. Sex appeal mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    A patient is injected with adrenaline. Alcohol (beer). Bar setting. Drug dealers/drug deals mentioned.

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-word, s-words, a-words, b*tch, p*ss, balls. Name-calling (crazy, sumb*tch, rogue, criminal, Hercules, wanker, outlaw, cyber-terrorist, boogeyman, hellraiser, slick, princess, your majesty, black Santa, twinkle-toes, psychotic, rook, the Devil, baby, etc). Religious references (crucifixes, saying grace, sign of the cross, etc) and exclamations (what the hell, helluva, damn, goddamn, Jesus Christ, God knows, God's eye, oh God, etc).

  • THEMES:

    Cyber-terrorism, surveillance, street racing, family, driving, cars, crew, betrayal, hacking, parent-child relationships, brothers, faith, teamwork, zombie cars, blackmail.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Major character shot dead. Plane, submarine, bar settings. Helicopter. Gutting fish, fish in boxes of ice. Brief Spanish and Russian languages (subtitles).

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Dazzling, spectacular, extravagant, elaborate, pedal-to-the-metal, suspenseful, playful, self-aware, sadistic, elegant, escapist, kinetic, funny, light, globe-trotting, ridiculous, fun, enjoyable. Rousing/stunning/flamboyant action scenes, leonine performance by Charlize Theron, winning/muscular performance by Vin Diesel, sublimely ridiculous finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Convoluted, disjointed, implausible. Clunky/over-explaining dialogue, weak/preposterous/stupid plot, conflicting tones, undermines its family theme, overlong by about 20 minutes, a little dumb/empty, some obvious CGI.

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