“F8: The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment of the “Fast and Furious” series had the most high-income opening weekend ever because it uniquely combines action, drama and big-name actors, infers Alex Suskind of Rolling Stone. He argues that the already incredible cast, strengthened by the additions of Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron, was too good to fail. What ultimately makes “F8” so great, besides amazing action, is the humane message of prioritizing family and loyalty, according to Suskind.
“F8” hurts itself in an attempt to remain fresh, abandoning core elements that made past “Fast and Furious” movies so great, asserts David Ehrlich of IndieWire. In his view, family values and loyalty, ever-present in the series, are abandoned when Deckhard Shaw (Jason Statham) is allowed into Dom’s (Vin Diesel) crew, having previously murdered one of their members. The movie is as unrealistic as it is dull due to a hollow antagonist and Dom igniting a complex plot instead of telling his companions his decision, believes Ehrlich.