Because I see three to four movies a week, I have found some guilty pleasures and one has always been the Fast and Furious franchise.
From Tokyo Drift to the last installment, I loved every tire squealing moment. The original pitch was West Side Story with cars, and it has lived up to that mantra. The Fate Of The Furious is the newest addition and it packs star power and amazing auto moments. Even with lacking the main “Jet” of Paul Walker, it is the perfect popcorn movie and I loved every frame.
The Plot: Now that Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriquez) are on their honeymoon and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life.
But when a mysterious woman named, Cipher (Charlize Theron), seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape, and a betrayal of those closest to him, they face trials that will test them as never before.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the Arctic Barents Sea, the elite force crisscrosses the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage.
Much like Furious 7, this film finds the team of Dom, Letty, Hobbs (Dwyane Johnson), Roman (Tyrese Gibson), Tej (Ludacris), and Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel) once again being targeted by someone.
Last time, the team managed to take down Deckard Shaw, (Jason Statham), who was out for revenge and now becomes a partner against a tech-hacker-terrorist played by Theron, who forces Dom to turn his back on family and help her steal bad guy stuff.
The returning cast is funny and fun to watch, the chemistry is set and wonderful. And the driving is so fun to watch, even when cars are raining from the sky.
It is well documented that neither Rodriguez nor Brewster had driver’s licenses or even learner’s permits before filming began, but Diesel wasn’t a pro driver before cameras rolled, either. Diesel attended stunt-driving school in Las Vegas, while the project was in pre-production, so that he could look convincing behind the wheel.
It is fun, fast and fateful that this is one of the best franchises on the planet. My car tells me I drive an average of 32 mph, but in my mind, I am drifting across the freeway.
Teri Bayus is the Host of Taste Buds, shown on KSBY Ch. 6 at 3:30 p.m. Sundays and The C-W Ch. 7 at 11 a.m. Sundays, and are available online at: www.tastebuds.tv, and Taste Buds Channel on YouTube. Dinner and a Movie is a regular feature of Simply Clear Marketing & Media.