Not-so-great expectations

The cars are the stars once again in Fast 8 as audience asks, 'Are we there yet?'

As the old saying goes, "too much of a good thing is a bad thing". Fast 8: Fate Of The Furious -- the latest entry to the long-running action/racing franchise -- is an apt example of this phrase, a film that tries so hard to outdo itself the results border on the satirical. While the Fast And Furious films have always managed to maintain their popularity through escalation of everything, from the action choreography to the conflict and the stakes, Fast 8 seems to have gone just a hair too far, with characters performing incredulous feats that wouldn't look out of place in a Marvel film.

That's not to say the film isn't enjoyable, as the over-the-top action does provide a comedic "did that actually happen?" effect, which had me shaking my head in amusement through most of the film. It's probably not what the directors were going for, but I still enjoyed it, even if I didn't really care about the story or (most of the) characters (although who does, really?).

Those of you who have witnessed the film's trailers are probably familiar with the plot: Dom (Vin Diesel) is somehow coerced by an enigmatic cyberterrorist known as Cipher (Charlize Theron) into performing various crimes, most notable of which is stealing a Russian nuclear football. Being one of the only people who have actually gone toe-to-toe with Dom, former CIA agent Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) is called back into action, and with the help of Dom's team, tries to track down Dom before Cipher can use the stolen codes to launch a nuclear strike. There's the usual hubbub about family sprinkled in there, along with a ton of familiar faces from past entries making brief cameos throughout the film (no CGI-Paul Walker though).

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