Another F and F installment. Another car race intro. And another bad guy / good guy showdown. Is this movie even about car racing anymore? They might as well make it into a TV series...hey now there is an idea!! Remember to mail me the royalty checks :)
So does that mean this movie is bad? Well..no... not in the sense of what it promises. Action, Adventure, and a chance to workout your surround sound and subwoofer and highlight your shiny new 4K TV.
I remember when the first F and F came out. It was nostalgic, as I was still in the import 'scene' so to speak, so seeing all the upgrades and money being spent into this hobby spoke directly to me. And most audiences from that era. I remember many a friday night meets showing off each other's engine bay, neon lights, stereo systems and wheels. Sadly, Facebook came along and car meets became a thing of the past. Meets became facebook posts. No longer did we meet then have dinner. We just took pics of our rides and share. No surprise that this whole series went from the builder's hobby to just extreme insane super cars which are just acquired hand over fist. NO more talks of adjustable suspension, turbo kits or exhausts. It's all about getting the bad guy, and getting him fast.
So back to this installment. If you are like me and have followed the series, of course you need to watch this. I mean you need to find out how it all ends up right? And you bet there will be a sequel as long as the movie keeps making money. Does it have a good story? Well...it has a story. Let's leave it at that. But let's be honest, you don't watch this movie for the story, but for the action. And there is plenty. Yes, it tries to tug at your heartstrings a bit but frankly, I don't think many people became too invested in the characters anyway so one more or less doesn't distract from the main one. Torreto.
So if you are looking for a good action popcorn flick, just go ahead and give this one a spin. Should you buy it? Well..let's put it like this. If you just need to 'complete' your collection of all the movies, go ahead and buy it. It looks and sounds fantastic. Also, wait for a sale (I bought this movie on sale on Black Friday). This movie is poised to be about 15 bucks soon I predict. Otherwise, it is a tough call. As the series progresses, to me, they are becoming more and more wait-for-cable movies vs gotta-collect-this movie. Let's put this like this: I didn't buy it until it became on sale. And even then, I had to think about it twice.