We’re back with the final installment in the F&F franchise to date. Yes, there was Hobbs And Shaw, but really it’s an off-shoot, plus, Fast 9 was slated but due to the pandemic it has been delayed, and who knows if it will ever happen now. To us this series needs to end now! Read on to discover why. Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.
IMDb Storyline: Now that Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon, and Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) have retired from the game, 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 seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape, and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will 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 will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage, and to bring home the man who made them a family.
Man oh man they couldn’t leave well enough alone after Furious 7 and the untimely death of Paul Walker. It really would’ve been sweet bliss to finalize the franchise…but NO…money talks and it continues on with this train wreck of a movie. The worst of the bunch in my opinion. It was painful to watch for the most part; unparalleled silly physics, a story so outlandish it makes the wildest Sci-fi films appear brilliant, dialog written by people that laugh at their own jokes, action set pieces much worse than any Sharknado movie, and I have had severe problems with many of them, but this one takes the cake of dumbness. Finally this movie didn’t want to end. This is a cringe worthy action movie that felt like a long drawn out drama that concluded exactly the way you would think. They try to fool you but never succeed, especially with the audio cues that are diametrically opposed to what you should be feeling. There’s only a few positives to me here…Scott Eastwood who nailed the dim-witted sidekick and was a pleasure to watch his facial expressions…and as always…Jason Statham who is one kick-ass actor, literally. Ever since I saw him in The Transporter he garners my respect with his fighting choreography and witty British banter. Save yourself time by avoiding this movie and all the eye-rolling that goes along with it. Rewatch Furious 7 by James Wan please!
This installment of the Fast and Furious is without a doubt inferior. The story and the craft are inferior. However, I still find enjoyment in it. The story is simple enough: Dom has to work for a bad guy, even against his own team, because this mysterious woman has something to blackmail him with. You better believe that something is powerful enough, because he really goes rogue. Yet in the story’s simplicity, it finds the way to be complicated. The action in this movie is as it’s always been; everyone finds their way back to their characters, and they do it well (my favorites being Tyrese and Ludacris again). Except for the Rock, who plays himself -while playing the hulk-again. I mean, I like the guy, but this is just too much. Helen Mirren makes an appearance, and she’s as enjoyable as always. So is Jason Statham, who I will never not enjoy watching. Plus, he has the best scenes and lines. Scott Eastwood shows up as well; I enjoyed his character. The one I oddly didn’t enjoy was Charlize Theron. They made her character too stiff and uninteresting as a villain. The special effects are fine; I particularly enjoyed the choreography of a bunch of cars in New York working together; that looked cool. The raining cars looked great, even though they had to be CG. There was some fire that was CG, and it didn’t look too good, but many the explosions looked good. Other than that, I don’t know how a car jumping between buildings seemed more realistic than much of the stuff that happened in this movie… but that goes to the story. The sound was strong, just like in the other movies. I had fun, but this is one of the weakest films in the franchise.
4K Disc Quality:
Universal nails it again. Their conversions to 4K are the crème de la crème in the transfer process on the 4K format. While this is not a demo disc like the previous installment, it is damn good. Where it was lacking was HDR pop, don’t get me wrong we do get a little, but the contrast level never sank to the inky-depths of color that reference material provides. It is detailed as get-all and crisp as a chip! For some reason the color correction wasn’t superb on this one. There are noticeable differences in hues, luminance and brightness when the film jumps to different scenes. It wasn’t jarring and it didn’t take me out but did make me wonder if the editing team was up for the task. The DTS:X track was once again very good, although some musical action scenes were pumping a little to high for my tastes, but I do think that the market for the movies, the fans have come to expect these over-powering scores. If you must add this to your collection than the only way to go is buy this on 4K.
Universal, thanks again for another fantastic 4K! This disc is just as good as its predecessors, even if it has fewer super colorful scenes. When there’s color, it shines. It has some beautiful specular highlights, and the HDR is used very well, especially with explosions and snow. I only really wish there had been more color. There were scenes that looked kind of murky, and even if it wasn’t because of the 4K, it shows all too well. The sound is great, as usual. You can hear every line of dialog, and the effects surround you constantly. All in all, a great disc. If you want to get this movie, you should definitely do so in 4K.
Breakdown of “The Fate Of The Furious (2017)“
|BillChete: 3 (Avoid)||Lady Phantom: 5.5 (Rental)|
|4K Blu-ray Disc Grade|
|BillChete: B+ (Worthy)||Lady Phantom: B+ (Worthy)|
Average 4K Disc Grade