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Tuesday 25 April 2017

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'Fast & Furious 8' review: still surprising, shocking and most importantly 'full of actio

Friday 14/April/2017 - 09:57 PM
Sada El Balad
As the series lovers almost as happy as a child got his new toy، Fast & furious fans in Egypt will be able to go to theatres soon to watch the latest movie in the Fast & Furious franchise، and with the amazing addition of Charlize Theron، she is way too beautiful to be intimidating in any irrevocably evil way، even when she threatens to kill an adorable little baby.

"Fast & Furious 8" is a curious blend of wish fulfillment and fantasy play. It's partly froth and partly filth، like، junk food for the soul. 

You know this is an fiercely formulistic con- game with appalling acting even by Oscar winners like Ms Theron and Dama Helen Mirren who appears as Jason Stratham's mom wearing too much makeup and looking out of place. From Shakespeare to Dwayne Johnson is like being caught between The Rock and a hard place. 

Theron's character Cipher has never shown any romantic interest in Diesel in any part of the narrative. So why the kiss? We may well ask and by extension، why the film at all? Well، the answer to that lies in the velocity and vivacity with which the narratives gambols from stunt to stunt. 

Fast & Furious" continues to possess the power to surprise، shock and embarrass us، sometimes all together in a whoop of muddled emotions to go with the mixed martial arts that the characters throw at each other like kids pelting popcorn at a screening of Godzilla Goes Bananas. 

This is a film that audaciously extends the parameters of its pyrotechnics، taking wild leaps of a faith and not caring about minor details like logic rationale and continuity. You will see a character at the beginning of the film racing his swanky car with Diesel's rickety van. You know that character is meant to appear somewhere again. But the writers just don't know where to put him. 


But that's okay. There is room for everything and everyone in this baggy after-thought including a cute baby who is part of the film's climactic stunts. The baby، named Brian after the late much-missed Paul Walker، has a ball. 

We do too. We don't miss Walker. There is no pause for nostalgia here. 


Edited by Ahmed Mohsen

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