Fast X

  • 27 May - 02 Jun, 2023
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Reviews

The underworld, police, family, and roaring fast cars - The Fast and the Furious franchise has essentially provided us with the same content for more than 20 years, over the top fast car action with little to no emotional weight. Perhaps the most devastating event for the franchise was Paul Walker's premature death in 2013. Even as newer competitors entered the race over time, the core team remained the same. Beyond Diesel and his group, Dwayne Johnson, John Cena, Brie Larson, Gal Gadot, Scott Eastwood, Jason Statham, and now Jason Momoa, the series has returned.

Jason Momoa has the most fun with his character despite the plot being rather disorganised, silly, and overstuffed. He imbues his comically psychotic antagonist with the irrationality and rage of a fired employee. He simply desires to observe the world burn. The most entertaining and humorous parts of his remarks and character nick names (John Cena is uncle muscle) are. Even though he is vengeful and ruthless, he doesn't come across as menacing as his Joker-like alter ego might suggest.

The story doesn't really matter, but if you must know, it all starts when Toretto's witty companions are dispatched on a phoney mission to Rome. A significant bomb explosion is blamed on the team, turning the agency against them. The most ambitious chase sequence in the movie happens at this point. Dante, a drug lord, is the mastermind and is determined to rip Toretto away from his family in order to make him suffer.

In the tenth installment, the words "family" and "agency" appear every two lines. Is it (truly) true that "the days where a man behind the wheel of a car could make a difference are over?" It turns out that there is still a sequel in store for us. An orgie of explosions and car chases, directed by Louis Leterrier, is offered, requiring little emotional investment. Fast X fulfils its promise if you don't mind a continuous stream of ridiculous action scenes loaded with VFX that prevent any moments of calm. Fun Pete Davidson cameo. You won't even budge an inch. The movie provides plenty of mindless popcorn entertainment in every scene.

The novelty factor is nonexistent, and watching one movie in the series is equivalent to watching them all. Although some other popular franchises have followed a similar path, the F&F series is almost over, so you want them to follow that VRS. In fact, how did they permit this to continue for so long?