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Fast and Furious 8 Blu-ray review: “Glorious action-packed escapism”

After the upsurge in success for the Fast & Furious world with the past few movies, which have found their heart set deep in audiences across the globe, the team set out for another round of glorious action-packed escapism with Fast & Furious 8, or the The Fate of the Furious as it was also known.

This time around, over the course of 2 and quarter hours, they set off to Cuba, Iceland and New York City and while in those various locations either chasing, or being chased, things blow up, they blow things up and stupendous fight scenes take place. I’m not trying to be sarcastically specific but we all know what these movies are about and the truth is? The team behind it all do it superbly.

Law Abiding Citizen and Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray has been given the palette in which to play, with another script of F&F regular Chris Morgan. It’s been a while since Dom (Vin Diesel) was really on the bad side but he’s back there after meeting the mysterious Cipher, played by the enigmatic and intense Charlize Theron, and she’s got something on him which means his only choice is to help her with her dastardly ways. What does she have that means he’ll have to turn on his friends and live outside the law again? Well, that’s a spoiler and you’ll have to wait and see.

What Fast & Furious 8 does is offer more of the same extreme, expensive and impressive set-pieces that we’ve now come to expect from the franchise. They’ve also moved to another level of extreme tongue-in-cheek jokes with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham, oh yes he’s back, being on particularly funny form. Whether the edge of parody is a dangerous one isn’t really a concern though, these are the kind of films you want fun in and when you’re trying to rationalise the reality levels, well, you’re in the wrong place for that kind of conversation.

I’m not going to spoil too much in this review but there’s some great cameos, some truly exceptional chases and sequences, there’s absolutely daft action and one-liners but it’s exactly what you want and one thing to look out for, beyond an excellent Theron on fine villain form, is a shoot-out and fight sequence involving Jason Statham and a baby because although it could easily be stupid, it somehow becomes hilarious and inspired. Fast & Furious 8 is another sublime of giving the audience what they want, in all its admirable ridiculousness. Where next? I’m thinking Space.

Extras

As with many Universal releases, there are so many extras! From stunt breakdowns, behind-the-scenes, Director Commentary and more. Here’s a little list: Feature Commentary with Director F. Gary Gray, The Cuban Spirit, In The Family: Betraying the Family: Cipher and Dom / Leaderless: A Family Lost / Shaw Family Values / Meet The Nobodys – Car Culture: The Hero Cars of Fast / Zombie Cars / The Ripsaw, All About The Stunts: Malecon Street Race / Iceland Stunt Diaries / The Streets of New York and Extended Fight Scenes.

Fast & Furious 8 is on Blu-ray and DVD from Monday 16 October: http://amzn.to/2ieEASs

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