To be honest, I don’t think anybody expected this film to be good. And of course, “Good” is subjective, but we all knew with the prefix “Fast and Furious presents:” this was just a sad grab at a decade-wide fanbase’s money highlighted by the biggest star at the moment, Dwayne Johnson.
Am I a part of that fanbase? Yes. and frankly put, this film is a disgrace to that franchise.
This film had zero direction, it was as if the executives threw darts blindfolded at an idea board and then had monkeys choose how to stream those ideas together.
What we all knew, or thought, we could bank on was the top-notch cast and sure-fire action that would unfold. Even these elements were blundered.
The banter between Luke Hobbs played by Dwayne Johnson and Deckard Shaw played by Jason Statham that this whole film was birthed from, ran thin within the first half hour and the comedic undertone became awkward and forced. And the action, it’s over the top. So much so, it elicited a certain frustration toward their blatant disregard for quality. More does not mean better.
Idris Elba plays the cyborg super villain known as Brixton. Awesome actor, awesome idea, horrible execution. The trailer shows most of what you will see throughout the whole movie, but the concept never becomes believable. I’m all for futuristic tech and improbable science-fiction but to disregard basic science and mechanics in hopes it looks cooler just doesn’t work anymore.
And don’t get me started on the man vs. machines tangent they throw in there with the cultural appropriation of Samoan traditions. I’m not trying to go all PC here, because I think film is the best medium to discuss and educate an audience about culture and history, but with the context of this misguided action flick it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Save your money and watch this outside the theater, if you want to waste your time on it at all.