With a budget of up to 340 million USD, Fast X – or Fast & Furious ten – is one of the most anticipated blockbusters this summer. This is the first part in a trilogy that closes the famous racing and action franchise after more than 20 years on the big screen.
After many films, the series achieved commercial success but received many negative comments about the excessive creativity, even illogical in the script. For example, the launch of the car out of space in part 9. Therefore, many people are still curious as to what tricks the crew has to conquer the audience in the final parts.
The revenge of the enemy in the past
In the first scenes, the film takes viewers back to 2011 when the main character Dominic (Vin Diesel) and his teammates planned to rob the property of tycoon Hernan Reyes. The robbery used to be the main material for filmmakers to make Fast Five (2011) – the franchise’s landmark project, considered by many critics to be the best installment in the series, and the first to cross the $600 million mark.
After the event, Hernan Reyes was killed, causing his son Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa) to hold a grudge, always wanting revenge. For 12 years, he gathered many allies, made a methodical plan to make the male lead’s family fall into a “broken house”, the first target was Dominic’s 8-year-old son.
The screenplay is simple, still following the revenge motif to create a familiar good-evil war. Many details are arranged to create a connection between the films. Some characters also return such as Jakob Toretto (John Cena) – Dominic’s brother, or the villain of the previous part is Cipher (Charlize Theron). This can be confusing for those who haven’t seen the projects before.
Initially, the crew wanted to close the brand Fast & Furious with 2 movies. However, the male lead and co-producer Vin Diesel was more ambitious when he decided to create a trilogy. This direction makes the story become lengthy, many details are also arranged.
Family love, brotherhood is still the main message of the film. However, because they focus too much on action scenes, the writers have not been able to create a story with much depth. When the film ended, many questions remained unanswered, forcing the audience to continue watching the following part to find the answer.
Great action party, techniques
The work keeps the spirit of the brand with breathtaking chases on the road. Right from the beginning of the film, the audience witnessed the battle between the two factions on the busy city of Rio (Brazil). While dragging the iron tunnel, the car was not afraid to crush everything around, creating a sense of suffocation.
Sitting in the director’s chair is Louis Leterrier – who has contributed to the success of many famous action movies such as Transporter (2002), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Clash of the Titans (2010)… With long experience, the director easily handled the chase, fire and explosion scenes that took up most of the 141 minutes.
The filmmaker entertains the audience with action sequences that take place continuously with a fast, powerful tempo. He cleverly arranged the lens and camera angle so that the viewer seemed to be participating in the battle with the characters.
The movie is overwhelming with action scenes that take place continuously.
Production cost Fast X 70% higher than its predecessor. Therefore, the crew also “plays” more than the previous parts. From the sound of the explosion to the quality of the effects, everything is superior to popular Hollywood projects.
The movie scene is constantly changing to limit the feeling of boredom. The crew chose many beautiful places from the streets of Rio (Brazil) to London (England), from Lisbon (Portugal) to Antarctica. All to create a work that easily pleases longtime fans.
The charm of the star cast
The project gathers a large cast of actors, from real stars like Helen Mirren, Charlize Theron to familiar faces of the brand. The return of old actors such as Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, John Cena, Scott Eastwood … gives viewers a sense of nostalgia.
Vin Diesel keeps his cool playing the lead role of Dominic. He performed well the action scenes as well as the psychological segments, showing the image of a loving father who is ready to leave everything to protect his family.
Besides, there are also some new faces such as Brie Larson, Alan Richson, Daniela Melchior, etc. In particular, Jason Momoa shines when he first appeared in the series as a villain. The actor abandoned the superhero Aquaman image to become a criminal with a monstrous personality. However, the way the character is built is still old, so it has not been a surprise.
Like the previous parts, Fast X did not receive positive reviews from critics. The project is rated “Rotten” on Rotten Tomatoes with 54% votes. However, the audience’s reaction was very good with 84% positive points. According to Deadline , the film grossed over $60 million worldwide on its first day of release. In Vietnam, the project also topped the box office, “usurping the throne” of Flip 6: The ticket of fate.
General, Fast X It is still an entertaining spiritual dish. If ignoring the minus points in the script, viewers can still be satisfied with the fast-paced, dramatic action scenes. However, the long film length is a point that the audience should consider.