Family, betrayal and crime is jam-packed into the latest in the “Fast & Furious” movie series — “The Fate of the Furious.”

The movie opened in theaters April 20. Director, F. Gary Gray has made the eighth movie of the series. Even after the franchise lost one of its stars, Paul Walker, who died in 2013, the franchise, which began in 2001, is still phenomenal.

Dom, played by Vin Diesel, and Letty, Michelle Rodriquez, are enjoying their honeymoon in Cuba, when a strange woman confronts Dom and makes him betray his team to save a life (no spoilers here). The rest of the team, played by Jason Statham, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris, are busy relaxing staying away from crime and living easy. After Dom betrays them, the team is brought back together to find Dom and bring him back home into their family while they travel all over the world.

The team of characters creates a tight bond that is exciting to watch.

Audiences see how strong Dom is when he is forced to make tough decisions for his family, and the bond between loyalty and family is tested.

The battle between Dom and his team is one like audiences have never seen before. The stunts are well thought out and exhilarating.

The action will keep you at the edge of your seat until the movie ends. The movie is long, running two hours and 16 minutes, but I was left wanting more.

It’s full of surprises that keep one guessing. The movie is rated PG-13 and has a little bit for everyone. It has crime, thrills, romance, action, and even comedy.

All of the “Fast and Furious” movies are well directed and acted. They seem to get better each time, the opposite of what one expects from a long-running franchise. This is the best F&F movie yet. So many principles are tested and they develop smoothly across the plot.

Of course, as usual, the real stars are the cars. Some of the car manufactures in this movie include Lamborghini, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Volkswagen, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Bentley, and some complex vehicles that are custom made.

The cars, the action, and thrill are everything that pulled me in.

“Fate of the Furious” is a must see. If you have never seen a “Fast and Furious” movie before, now is the time to get involved.

Baylee Billiot

UP contributor

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