In what almost seems like an unending series, the Fast and the Furious franchise is back in theaters this weekend with the tenth movie Fast X. The focus, of course, this time is Family. Although that has been a theme and possibly a storyline in several of the past movies as well.
Fast X brings back a ghost from the past (that audiences didn’t know even know was there), and inserts him directly into the middle of the story. When the team stole the safe from a crime boss years back, it not only took his life but sent his son on a path of revenge years in the making. The son Dante (played by Jason Mamoa) is determined to take everything from Dom since he feels Dom took everything from him. Why Dante has waited this long or why he’s just targetting Dom – the story doesn’t exactly spell out. But that’s not the only loophole in the movie.
Mamoa seems to be embracing the absurdity of the movie with his portrayal of Dante in the film. Cast as a sociopath bent on revenge, his overacting leans into comical and almost reaches the levels of Nicholas Cage. He dances the line of insanity well and does so with a bit of levity that will keep audiences laughing at the character, who is the bad guy, but somehow completely justified in his rage.
How the team can pack their cars like carry-on luggage and take them all over the world still continues to baffle us. Besides the cost of destruction, each and every mission the team goes on has on the area there seems to be no real control over any mission. If a real team had that many issues and that little control over every situation – they would be pulled from service quickly.
With cars that have shocks sent from the heavens and seem to be able to take every hit their body takes – the movie isn’t one that requires a lot of thinking. It’s just one that is absolutely full of explosions, crashes, and a pointless story. And if it wasn’t for Jason Mamoa and John Cena, the movie itself may be completely unwatchable.
There’s no doubt that fans of the Fast and the Furious franchise are going to like Fast X. It checks every box on the list of ridiculousness that the movies have become known for. But if you’re looking for a plot that makes sense, or something more than a movie that is full of random fighting and car explosions this may not be the movie for you. Fast X is less ridiculous than the previous F9, but it leaves the story in a place that easily sets it up for yet another Fast movie to come in the next year or so.
Fans of the franchise will want to sit through the final credits for extra scenes that may give you a clue to where this ridiculous story will be taking you next. Fast X is in theaters everywhere this weekend.
About Fast X:
The end of the road begins.
Fast X, the tenth film in the Fast & Furious Saga, launches the final chapters of one of cinema’s most storied and popular global franchises, now in its third decade and still going strong with the same core cast and characters as when it began.
Over many missions and against impossible odds, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his family have outsmarted, out-nerved and outdriven every foe in their path. Now, they confront the most lethal opponent they’ve ever faced: A terrifying threat emerging from the shadows of the past who’s fueled by blood revenge, and who is determined to shatter this family and destroy everything—and everyone—that Dom loves, forever.
In 2011’s Fast Five, Dom and his crew took out nefarious Brazilian drug kingpin Hernan Reyes and decapitated his empire on a bridge in Rio De Janeiro. What they didn’t know was that Reyes’ son, Dante (Aquaman’s Jason Momoa), witnessed it all and has spent the last 12 years masterminding a plan to make Dom pay the ultimate price.
Dante’s plot will scatter Dom’s family from Los Angeles to the catacombs of Rome, from Brazil to London and from Portugal to Antarctica. New allies will be forged and old enemies will resurface. But everything changes when Dom discovers that his own 8-year-old son (Leo Abelo Perry, Black-ish) is the ultimate target of Dante’s vengeance.
Directed by Louis Leterrier (Clash of the Titans, The Incredible Hulk), Fast X stars returning cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Sung Kang, Jason Statham, John Cena and Scott Eastwood, with Oscar® winner Helen Mirren and Oscar® winner Charlize Theron.
The film also features an extraordinary new cast including Oscar® winner Brie Larson as Tess, a rogue representative from the Agency; Alan Richtson (Reacher) as Aimes, the new head of the Agency who doesn’t hold the same fondness for Dom’s crew as his predecessor, Mr. Nobody; Daniela Melchior (The Suicide Squad) as a Brazilian street racer with a powerful tie to Dom’s past; and legendary Oscar® winner Rita Moreno as Dom and Mia’s Abuelita Toretto.
Fast X is produced by Neal H. Moritz, Vin Diesel, Justin Lin, Jeff Kirschenbaum and Samantha Vincent. The executive producers are Joseph M. Caracciolo, Jr., David Cain, Chris Morgan, Amanda Lewis and Mark Bomback. www.thefastsaga.com