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WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
Spies. Tough guys. Weapons. The end of the world. This adrenaline-packed action comedy is a spin-off and number 8 in the Fast & Furious franchise. You don’t need to have seen any of The Fast and the Furious movies before to enjoy this movie; it works as a stand-alone film.
If you’re a Dwayne Johnson or Jason Statham fan, you’re going to get a kick out of their love/hate buddy relationship. Directed by David Leitch, this movie is exactly what it promises: high octane. David Leitch was a stuntman in John Wick and Atomic Blonde.
If you like the trailer, you’ll like the movie. I attended a screening in a theater in Lehi, Utah that had a cool way to showcase scenes from the movie in a lobby feature: two chairs were rigged to rumbling seats that reacted to the action sequences. That’s how the movie feels. Most people agree the movie is pretty ridiculous but admit that doesn’t mean it’s not fun.
IS IT ANY GOOD? B+
The movie is very self-aware, which allows it to be more fun and playful than any of the other Fast & Furious movies in the franchise. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham have great chemistry together and have some hilarious banter. The supporting cast is also fantastic: Idris Elba, Vanessa Kirby, Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds, and Kevin Hart. Dwayne Johnson’s actual cousin (Joe Anoa’i) plays his brother in the movie. He performs his signature wrestling movies “The Samoan Drop” and “The Spear” during some action sequences. Fans of The Crown will enjoy seeing the lovely Vanessa Kirby play Jason Statham’s sister. That award-winning TV series is fantastic, by the way.
There is a lot of humor and funny fight sequences. The stunt team does impressive work with hand-to-hand combat, as well as with cool spy gadgets. There are a lot of pop-culture references and Easter eggs for fans. The soundtrack hits hard, just like the stars. Some might say this movie is filled with “toxic masculinity.” If overcharged testosterone bothers you, do NOT watch this movie.
The movie is certainly ridiculous and even cheesy at times, but that’s part of the schtick. You get to visit Samoa during Act 3, which makes the film look really different from the rest of the movie. It’s a long movie, but you’ll get out of the heat for a couple of hours.
IS IT OKAY FOR YOUR KIDS? (PG-13)
- LOTS of violence with a high body count and some blood.
- Sexy women showing lots of skin and cleavage
- Some profanity, including 1 F-bomb (2 if you count it that way because Hobbs & Shaw said it at the same time.) 12 scatological terms, 24 anatomical terms, 9 religious exclamations
- Suggestive language and gesture referring to body parts and sexual relations
- Bare-chested men
- Some Samoan is spoken without subtitles.
- Some kissing
- Some men are tortured with electronic shocks
- LOTS of explosions and destruction
- Name calling
- Alcohol and mention of drugs
ANY WORTHWHILE MESSAGES?
- Like all of the movies in The Fast and the Furious franchise, the theme of this movie is the importance of family.
- “It’s never over ‘til it’s over.” – Shaw (Jason Statham)
- “Remember who you are.” – Shaw
- “Never, never give up.” – Shaw
Some interesting lines that also illustrate themes and worthwhile messages in the movie.
- “You may believe in machines, but we believe in people.” – Hobbs
- “The key to immortality is living a life worth remembering.” – Bruce Lee, quoted by Hobbs
Movie Review Mom: Trina Boice teaches for BYU-I and is an author of 29 books. You can read more of her reviews at www.MovieReviewMom.com You can hear her podcast “Daily Inspirational Quotes Hosted by Trina” on Amazon Echo devices and Volley FM. Because she is a popular speaker in China and loves to travel around the world, she created www.EmptyNestTravelHacker.com You can see all of her books and win prizes at www.TrinasBooks.com You can also find @TrinaBoice on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter.