Another year has come and gone, so it’s time for a new Fast and the Furious installment. Can this series stretch eight films long and keep it’s viewers interested? Well yes, actually, it can.
Let’s take a look at The Fate of the Furious…. on 4K UHD.
So let’s get this out of the way. Yes, I know that The Fast and the Furious movies are not “great” cinema. But they never were meant to be. The series has completed it’s mission time and time again, and that is to entertain audiences every year with increasingly more ridiculous stories revolving around the rag tag crew of street racers, hackers, and government employees that has become the Furious crew.
I’ll be blunt, if you’ve not enjoyed the previous films then this will not be something that will pull you into the series. The Fate of the Furious takes the crazy up a notch and basically throws all sense of realism out the door. The crazy gets turnt up (and yes, I feel awkward as hell typing “turnt up”).
Since the Fast moves have released out of order, it’s important to say that this one takes place at the tail end of the overall storyline. Brian has moved on and everyone has gone on to do their own things – including Dom and Letty, who are honeymooning in Cuba when Cipher (Charlize Theron) shows up and literally recruits him to turn on his friends and family.
Cipher’s main goal is to hijack a nuclear sub and hold the world in check in case any governments step out of line.
Of course, Dom being the bad guy has the entire crew out of their minds and they end up recruiting Deckard (Jason Stathom) to help them figure out what sort of crazy Dom has gotten himself into. I won’t spoil the surprise, but from this point of the story on all hell breaks loose and the series goes into overdrive as the team hunts down Dom and Cipher and tries to thwart their plans.
As far as Fast movies go, it’s a bummer that as each one comes and goes, we get a little more fantastic with the car stunts and we lose our roots in car racing. What used to be underground policing has turned into cars jumping out of planes or driving on ice in a battle to save the planet. But you know, go big or go home.
The acting, action, and effects are all basically a step ahead of past entries. The storyline tows the line between laughable and exciting rather well. If you want some action schlock with awesome cars, then you know where to find it.
As to be expected from a new film on 4K, this film looks absolutely stellar. Of course the UHD copy will look better than the Blu-ray (which is included), but the difference was not substantial enough to warrant upgrading your system. However, if you already have the setup (or one day might) I do recommend grabbing the 4K release to future proof. The HDR is worth it.
The audio is fantastic, as this film features a pretty kick ass soundtrack with a lot of satisfying bass, and there are plenty of action packed scenes that will make use of your surround.
- The Cuban Spirit
- In the Family
- Car Culture
- All About the Stunts
- Extended Fight Scenes
- Audio Commentary
- Extended cut (Digital only)
This release comes with a fairly standard array of extra features that will largely only be of interest to fans of the series, but they are fairly interesting. One bummer is that the extended cut of the film is only available digitally, but at least they include a code for it.
As far as packaging goes, this release is fairly standard for UHD. The black amaray case denotes this being a 4K release, and Universal has included a shiny slipcover. Inside, you’ll find UV codes, and the Blu-ray and UHD discs.
Overall, I had a good time with The Fate of the Furious, despite my better efforts. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with the series, as I know they aren’t great movies, but I have fun with them nonetheless. If you like the rest of them, this is a buy. If you don’t like the others, then you likely aren’t reading this.
Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.