‘Fast & Furious 8’ Film Review: A Four-Star Film, If You Accept That Vin Diesel Can’t Act

'Fast & Furious 8' Film Review: A Four-Star Film, If You Accept That Vin Diesel Can't Act
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Jason Statham and Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson are the best part of the film. Picture: © Universal Pictures

You may be one of the persons who think that Vin Diesel’s acting skills are comparable to Steven Seagal’s. But here’s the deal: Seagal’s characters personify an iconoclastic style of a few words – his action speaks louder than words – something Finns can surely relate to. Vin Diesel is a man of few words with a cold poker face but lacks 50 years of martial arts experience. The car may be fast, but it has no stamps.

If you are ready to accept this (Seagal is, after all, unlikely to hit the silver screen anymore for reasons too complicated for this article), you have one hell of a fun ride ahead of you while tuning into Fast & Furious 8.

Yes, it’s the eight installment of the franchise. Don’t worry if you haven’t or can’t remember of seeing the previous ones. I for sure can’t. But with the aid of the simple premise, I caught up quickly: there’s a special team that helps the US government, a team that likes really, really fast cars. When Diesel, one of the leading characters of the group, turns rogue (not a spoiler, it’s all in the trailer), for reasons that could (maybe) spoil the fun, we have an interesting chase of leopard seals and a chinstrap penguin.

Charlize Theron plays Cipher, one of the most bad female psychopaths to have hit the silver screen in a while. Picture: © Universal Pictures

Two of the seals – tigers if you may – are Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jason Statham – legends. In fact, this film would be nothing without the Rock and Statham; the dialogue between these two guys who are the real deal is what keeps you glued to the seat. The action they bring on the screen is what makes you want to stay to the end.

Add fast cars to the mix and a woman (Charlize Theron) as a villain and we have a guys’ film that will make you forget that it’s actually 136 minutes long. Oh, and I’m sure the incredible sound system, clarity and the screen size of Finnkino’s Scape theater in Helsinki, where the screening was held, had a lot to do with the thing as well.

Fast & Furious 8 premieres in cinemas April 12.

Fun Fact

Fast & Furious 8 is directed by F. Gary Gray, best known for Straight Outta Compton (2015), replacing several directors of the previous installments.

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