Fate of the Furious

Someone needs to punch the people behind the “Fast and Furious” franchise in the face. Right on the mouth. These featureless car chasing fantasies are becoming more unrealistic with every addition, and I don’t think they’ll stop until there’s an assignment to Jupiter, which requires a purple Lamborghini space car and a tank that shoots holes into our cerebrum.

Once upon a time, summer releases were big movies with big ideas. Recently, it’s become a dumping ground for preposterous storylines and physics-defying special effects.

Are we that brain-dead to where we consider this great summertime entertainment? The box-office numbers sure seem like it. By now, “Fate of the Furious” has probably made close to 72 quadrillion dollars worldwide, and I’m sure it will eventually break a few DVD sale records.

Before the series became a billion-dollar project, “The Fast and the Furious” hit theaters almost 16 years ago as a solo film. A simple story, about an undercover cop who infiltrates a street racing gang to find out who was hijacking trucks. About the only thing similar in the 2001 movie and the most recent release is the brand of beer everyone drinks. Back then, a person with a pistol meant business and car crashes were serious issues. Now, cars can almost fly, and our characters have more in common with the Avengers than ordinary street racers.

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