This is probably the third best movie of the franchise, behind Fast & Furious 6 and Fast Five. It is a half suspense half thriller with some new stuff in terms of action sequences which were conceptualized very well – right from the initial race in Cuba till the climax in Russia. While the story isn’t so powerful or innovative, the amazing direction was able to juice out all the entertainment value.
The trailer itself revealed that the story is about Dom turning rogue and until about half the story, it remains a mystery. The team, who had been dealing with drug dealers, international criminals, tanks, and missiles – have a larger nemesis now – nuclear weapons and terrorists. And not just they have to stop them without Dominic Toretto, they have to stop Dominic Toretto as well along with those terrorists. While the suspense was revealed half way down the movie, the story didn’t lose the steam and unpredictability. The intricacies of the story were very well written and the edge of the seat action scenes keeps you glued. The positive shade given to Jason Statham’s character was good to see – he isn’t so good playing negative roles.
There were few unnecessary stuff that, if avoided, could have made the movie much better – like the cat fight between Hobbs and Deckard Shaw. The animosity between Hobbs and Shaw just wasn’t convincing enough and the kind of street fight, the trailer promised, didn’t come up at all.
The movie has strong performances, particularly from Vin Diesel and Charlize Theron. The rest of the crew did pretty much the same level of performance as earlier. I would have loved to see more of Michelle Rodriguez though. The comic content, except for Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham scenes, is well executed and fun to watch.
For someone who has worked with Vin Diesel, Charlize Theron and Jason Statham, it wasn’t a wonder to see him getting the most out of the cast. Gary Gray executed the movie very well, especially with the car sequences which were very well conceptualized – the Cuba race, the NYC madness or the submarine climax. Although he did go a little overboard with beyond belief scenes which didn’t make sense but then it’s FF, so it may be excused. Overall, the direction was good and had the entertainment value it should have. Adding the element of Shaw’s mother was cool!!
Overall, it’s a good watch. Not as perfect as Fast Five or Fast & Furious 6 but good enough.