Twenty-two years of “The Fast and the Furious” movies have produced enough characters and storylines that cameos and reunions abound in “Fast X.” For all its high-octane action, though, this tenth film merely revs the engine for the upcoming sequel, kicking off a multi-part story that gets appropriately bloated to bring this rowdy enterprise to a close. way (temporary no doubt).
Despite familiar faces making an appearance or passing, the defining element of the latest film lies in its new villain, Dante, played with wild, over-the-top enthusiasm by Jason Momoa. Driven by a thirst for revenge, which is explained during the opening sequence, Momoa’s characterization has some connection to the Joker (perhaps Nicholson or Ledger wanted to evoke, but more to Cesar Romero), a clumsy Tide Uncovers the wave, in general, it is more disgusting than funny.
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However, that unguided missile poses a greater threat to Dom (Vin Diesel) and his extended family, starting with a massive manhunt in Rome. Later, the story shifts to Rio de Janeiro, where a race is being held, which seems almost bizarre given the ridiculous directions taken by “FAST”.
Dante’s plan sends Dom and company on the run from the authorities, with one sympathetic to a government agent (Brie Larson, soon to appear in the “Captain Marvel” sequel), while another (“The Rich’s” Alan Richson) warms to them. Have high heels.
By this point, “fast” movies have reached a level of action that can be embraced for its muscle wackiness or — more often in this latest installment — laughed at for its sheer absurdity.
Jason Momoa in “Fast X” (Credit: Universal Pictures)
French director Louis Leterrier (whose credits include the “Transporter” films as well as “The Incredible Hulk”) delivers it with utter conviction, including those soulful lines about family and commitment, Who insists on giving diesel with fellow scene-mates of great class. Like Helen Mirren and Rita Moreno.
While there’s something to be done in favor of trying to craft a truly epic story, even with a plentiful roster of characters to accommodate the escapist nature of the “Fast” franchise, “Star Wars” attempts at serialization Feels like a bridge. Very far. Still, it’s a very popular stunt this summer among the cool kids, with the latest “Mission: Impossible” movie being billed as “Part One.”
The vast number of “fast” actors with superhero credentials reflects the film industry’s drift of this century, reflected in the evolving nature of these films, whose increasingly elaborate scenes and stunts become downright confusing.
The idea of ”Fast X” being mixed with “Fast XI” and possibly “Fast XII” (in keeping with the idea of Roman numerals) represents descriptive ambition, but it really isn’t. ; Rather, this framework is merely a means to pave the way for another five years or more for this extraordinarily lucrative global franchise.
The fact that the latest installment, “F9,” gave moviegoers a welcome shot of adrenaline at the box office shows that there’s still plenty of gas left in the tank, commercially. It’s on the creative level where “Fast X” starts to feel like it’s running out.
“Fast X” opens in US cinemas on May 19. It is rated PG-13.