Fast & Furious 8

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

In cine­mas now! The Fast & Furious fran­chise has al­ways fea­tured clas­sic cars in some way and the eighth in­stal­ment is no dif­fer­ent.

In the open­ing scene, a rat rod 1929 Ford Model A and a 1956 Ford Fair­lane race head-to-head for 20 fran­tic min­utes through the nar­row back streets of Ha­vana. You get a great sense of the heavy clas­sic car in­flu­ence in Cuba’s cap­i­tal and you rarely see any­thing post-1980.

In­deed, clas­sics are lit­tered through the rest of the movie with Dom (Vin Diesel) driv­ing a 1970 Dodge Charger, a 1972 Ply­mouth GTX, and a 1961 Chevy Im­pala. Letty (Michelle Ro­driguez) races the New York streets in a 1965 Corvette while dodg­ing hun­dreds of mod­ern cars which are be­ing con­trolled by com­puter hacker and vil­lain, Cipher (Charlize Theron). It’s a nice mickey-take to­wards to­day’s au­to­mo­tive tech­nol­ogy!

As with any Fast & Furious movie, there is non-stop ac­tion, ridicu­lously unimag­in­able stunts but also an easy-to-fol­low but in­trigu­ing plot that keeps you guess­ing un­til the end. Brit ac­tor Ja­son Statham re­turns along with a cock­ney speak­ing He­len Mir­ren; imag­ine Peggy Mitchell from EastEnders and it’s worth a watch for that alone!

Two hours of cars, ac­tion and a touch of com­edy is well worth the ticket price, even if it is a tad un­be­liev­able. James Sadlier

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