Fast X - Review
Never Accept Death When Suffering is Owed. 3.5 / 5
Released in UK Cinemas: 19th May 2023
Directed by Louis Leterrier
Dom Toretto and his family are targeted by the vengeful son of drug kingpin Hernan Reyes.
Fast X continues to prove why The Fast Saga is the go-to for bombastic action as it breaks every known law of physics in its unstoppable mission to make the most excessive film series possible.
This series in particular tests me more than most when it comes to 'What makes a good film?' vs 'What makes an entertaining film?' And where those lines bleed into each other.
From a filmmaking angle, its undeniably messy - the large ensemble cast is spread hilariously thin with little to do, the action scenes are often so chaotic that it covers up what impressive practical work went into it and don't get me started on the retcons that the series has become notable for.
But all that being said - I don't think I've had this much fun in the cinema all year. Cheering, clapping, laughing at the sheer disbelief of what I'm watching and the hundreds of millions of dollars that made it possible. Does a film's entertainment factor make up for its missteps?
It is impressive just how long the series has been going on for - now in its 10th instalment and third decade, it has continued to evolve to survive from street racing beginnings to heists and now globetrotting fugitives, you can't say they're not innovative when it comes to keeping this cash cow alive.
Almost all of the cast are sidelined for Vin Diesel to get his superhero film as he has to singlehandedly protect his family from Jason Mamoa whose beautifully extravagant performance holds the film together. He is clearly having the time of his life, chewing the over-expensive scenery, embracing the insanity of the role as he takes the film to a whole new level worthy of this apparent beginning of the end.
I have absolutely no idea where this franchise is going next. As it sets the groundwork for an explosive Part Two in 2025, I am excited to speculate and predict what's to come and inevitably be blown out of my seat when the answers arrive.
I will always have a soft spot for this franchise but as it begins to overstay its welcome I hope it manages to stick the landing and keep the most crucial element at its core… Family.
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