Fast X (2023)
Fast X Movie Review Rating: 2.5 Stars
Star Cast: Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Jason Momoa, Brie Larson, John Cena, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Jason Statham, Scott Eastwood, Alan Ritchson, Rita Moreno
Director: Louis Leterrier (Replacing Justin Lin at the last moment)
What’s Good: The grand vision of certain action set pieces & the fact that it’s coming to an end
What’s Bad: I decided to do a ‘family’ counter and failed to keep track post the 27th time
Loo Break: Every single time you hear the word ‘family’ from any actor, run to the loo because there’s a lot of BS coming in posts that
Watch or Not?: Only if you were able to sit through the 9th one, this would be easier to gulp in
Available On: In Theatres Near You.
Runtime: 141 Minutes
Budget: $340M (in Indian Rupees 2800 crores)
Box Office Collection: N/A
User Rating: ★★★☆☆
Fast X takes a surprising approach as a direct sequel to Fast 9, introducing a nostalgic and unexpected take on the franchise while reintroducing a beloved character. Without revealing any spoilers, the film cleverly bridges the gap between the current installment and the previous installment, giving a new twist to the story. Brace yourself for an exciting journey that weaves together the past and the present while delivering an immersive experience for the fans.
In Fast X, Cipher makes a shocking revelation about Dante Reyes (played by Jason Momoa) relentlessly pursuing Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), in a way reminiscent of Aquaman with the Joker. As a tale of vengeance unfolds, “The Family” must unite, combining their strengths and loyalties to face a common enemy who seeks to eliminate them all. Brace yourself for an action-packed ride as family members old and new join forces to face this terrifying threat.
Fast X Movie Review: Script Analysis
Dan Mezzou, Justin Lin, and Zach Dean’s story attempts to cover a wide range of elements but struggles to develop them effectively, resulting in drawn-out non-action sequences. The film really engages the audience during extraordinary action set pieces, such as the thrilling mission to save the seven hills of Rome from a giant iron ball engulfed in flames. Fortunately, these action sequences are plentiful, providing moments of excitement and spectacle.
Unfortunately, the film prioritizes actors following the “La Familia” formula of the story over those performing high-octane stunt sequences. Watching the film with enthusiastic fans, I noticed their excitement over details like Cillian Murphy’s Oppenheimer poster, which emphasizes the fan-service aspect of the narrative. The predictable twists and turns in the story were evident and seemed to have been anticipated by the writers. At each anticipated moment, the audience exploded in cheers, suggesting a lack of enthusiasm.
The predictability of fight sequences, with the outcome known before the first punch, significantly infuses an already sluggish screenplay by Dan Mezzo and Justin Lin. However, Stephen F. Winden’s camerawork introduces some refreshing elements, such as the innovative use of camera shifting in long shots, adding an engaging aspect to the film.
Fast X Movie Review: Star Performance
Vin Diesel’s portrayal of Dom in Fast X lacks the same enthusiasm and interest as Salman Khan’s performance in Kisi Ki Bhai Kisi Ki Jaan. Vin Diesel’s recent announcement of another film in the franchise highlights the studio’s eagerness to capitalize on the current success of the franchise rather than focusing on giving the story a satisfying ending before it ends.
Michelle Rodriguez’s character starts off with promise but unfortunately fades into the background, thanks to a multitude of characters. Jason Statham, Brie Larson, John Cena, Charlize Theron, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Nathalie Emmanuel, Sung Kang, Scott Eastwood, Alan Richson, and Rita Moreno appear to be going through the motions, completing only reprising their roles in the family reunion storyline Happened.
Fast X Movie Review: Direction, Music
It sounds like you have a strong opinion about the director change and believe that Justin Lin’s version would be a better fit for the film. It’s understandable that you feel the film’s potential could have been realized differently. Individual directors bring their own creative vision and style, which can greatly influence the end result.
It’s great to hear that Brian Tyler, composer for the Fast and Furious franchise, continues to create music that resonates with fans. His understanding of the series and ability to capture its essence through his compositions add to the overall feel of the films.
Fast X Movie Review: The Last Word
Despite its title, the Fast & Furious franchise is inching toward a slow and tedious conclusion. The film takes the concept of the family too seriously, resulting in unnecessary clutter and reliance on Vin Diesel’s character to carry the weight. It’s clear that the franchise has overstayed its welcome and is in need of a new direction.
Two and a half stars!
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Fast X releases on 19th May 2023.
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