Elite Life in the Fast Lane

Cebu Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - by Jeff Ruf­folo


yes. The life of the idle rich. Nary a care in the world.

Jet­ting off to ex­otic lo­cals and never hav­ing to worry about wait­ing in lines for de­layed flights or scream­ing ba­bies be­ing plucked down in the seat next to you.

You get to stay at the best ho­tels in the world and at no charge, of course. And drive the best sports mus­cle cars ever built! Sigh. The life of the world’s top 10 per­cent. And it is a world only in­hab­ited by “The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous” (or “Fu­ri­ous 8”) which has ar­rived at a cine­plex near you with the usual cast of charac-


Do­minic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his bride Letty (Michelle Ro­driguez) are now on their hon­ey­moon. Brian and Mia have re­tired from the “game”—ac­tu­ally Paul Walker is dead and Jor­dana Brew­ster has been writ­ten out of the se­ries—and the rest of the crew has been ex­on­er­ated and now lead­ing the sem­blance of a nor­mal life.

But when a mys­te­ri­ous wo­man sud­denly arrives, watch for what hap­pens.

Two-time Oscar-win­ning ac­tress Char­l­ize Theron plays Cipher, a crim­i­nal mas­ter­mind and cy­ber-ter­ror­ist who se­duces Dom back into a world of crime and when he starts deep–throat kiss­ing Cipher right in front of his wife, it’s all hands on deck!

The Fast and Fu­ri­ous fran­chise has been around longer than one can re­mem­ber and was orig­i­nally fo­cused on il­le­gal street rac­ing and heists.

To­day, it is more about su­per spies and James Bond–style lo­cals with well-en­dowed men grind­ing with scant­ily–clad women who pa­rade around the cam­eras with barely a loin cloth on.

“The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous” is di­rected by F. Gary Gray, best known for di­rect­ing “Straight Outta Comp­ton” (2015) who re­placed James Wan from the sev­enth in­stall­ment of the fran­chise with lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Mý­vatn (Ice­land), Ha­vana, At­lanta, Cleve­land and New York City, con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion of film­ing in var­ied global lo­ca­tions.

Dwayne “The Rock” John­son re­turns as Luke Hobbs, a DSS agent who has found him­self aligned with the Toretto fam­ily and has a per­sonal death grudge against Deckard Shaw (Ja­son Statham), a rogue spe­cial forces as­sas­sin im­pris­oned by Dom and the DSS after his de­feat in Los An­ge­les dur­ing “Fast and Fu­ri­ous 7.”

Hobbs pulls him­self into prison as an in­mate to get close to Shaw and con­vince him to help the Toretto team take down Dom and Cipher.

My per­sonal fa­vorite is the sel­dom–seen Kurt Rus­sell who re­turns as the leader of the covert ops unit who out­fits the Toretto fam­ily with all of their su­per cool gad­gets and giz­mos.

He­len Mir­ren also joins the cast as the mother of Deckard Shaw. Mir­ren pub­licly lob­bied for a role to ful­fill her real-life love of rac­ing.

Of course, no hu­man is re­ally ever hurt in the world of “Fast and Fu­ri­ous” where no one is ever shot, wounded or maimed by the un­end­ing gun­fire, ex­cept for the oc­ca­sional un­named scum­bag crim­i­nal.

No one would sur­vive the fall in a souped-up sports car from 35,000 feet (as i n “Fast and Fu­ri­ous 7”) even with the world’s strong­est para­chute. None of the lead ac­tors get hurt in any of the Fast and Fu­ri­ous films.

That’s right, not even a scratch as the film’s in­surance com­pany would lose a lung should that ever hap­pen.

Movies are great es­capism and “The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous” is all that.

Check your brain at the ticket counter for this one, folks, be­cause the dia­logue and screen­play by Chris Mor­gan bor­ders on the ab­surd.

The ex­otic l ocals con­tinue the fran­chise “tra­di­tion” of look­ing great by cin­e­matog­ra­pher Stephen F. Win­don and sharp edit­ing from the duo of Chris­tian Wag­ner and Paul Rubell.

You can be as­sured that once “The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous” takes in a solid $100 mil­lion dur­ing its open­ing week i n Amer­ica, that Diesel and the com­pany will be back for more fast cars, fast women (and men) and the most ab­surd ex­cuses to shoot and kill our fel­low hu­mans.

AS­SIS­TANT EDI­TOR Niza G. Mar­iñas DE­SIGNER Jas­son Ma­gal­lanes EDI­TOR Mimi M. Li­jauco

FROM left: Kurt Rus­sell, Scott East­wood and Dwayne John­son in a scene from “The Fate of the Fu­ri­ous”

JA­SON Statham as Deckard Shaw

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