1.) Since this the eighth movies in the series, I expected that the character chemistry to be strong in this, and I was correct. I can buy that these characters have known each for years (especially since many of the actors have worked on the series for years), and it is shown throughout their many interactions. Even characters who were introduced in the last movie interact with the old characters as though they were friends for a while.
2.) When it comes to this series, it always involves cars, and the car action scenes are thrilling. With some pretty good editing, the car sequences can be heart-pounding and exciting (the best part is the New York car sequence). The physical fight scenes are fine, but the car scenes are where this movie excels in.
1.) I was hoping this would not happen as a non-Fast and the Furious fan, but there are many references from the past movies. A few of them I am guessing are from the past movies, but if they are not, it makes those moments nonsensical and confusing. In many cases, these references end up becoming deus ex machinas despite them being foreshadowed.
2.) I did expect many turn-off-your-brain moments, but there are some I just cannot suspense my disbelief. You will know them when you see it, and you may end up thinking exactly what I was thinking when I first saw them. It may bother you, or it may not. Either way, it is too much for me.
3.) I kind of knew what was going to happen as soon as Charlize Theron’s character, Cipher first appeared into the movie. Many moments are kind of predictable due to the movie’s direction and writing, and certain moments that are built up do not work that well. One thing that does bother me is that Jason Statham’s character, Deckard Shaw (the villain from Furious 7) gets along with the main characters a bit too quickly. They were enemies in the last movie, so I do not buy that they get along that quickly.
The Fast and the Furious series has surely changed over the years. It started as a movie series about illegal car races, and it is now a high-octane action movie series featuring cars. I am the last in the bandwagon when it comes to these movies, so I started with Furious 7 back in 2015, and I thought it is a fun turn-off-your-brain movie. I can say the same thing when it comes with this movie, just not as fun. There are many faults that I cannot ignore when compared with last movie I watched years ago. I believe newcomers will not have much as fun as the people who know these characters ever since the series started. However, if you do want a turn-off-your-brain movie, this is a heart-pounding roller coaster of a movie.