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Fast X

Fast X

Film editor André yawns at another soulless Vin Diesel adventure that should have hit the brakes a long time ago.

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When I was a kid, I loved drawing movie posters and loved making sequels to the movie posters, with each scenario in the posters getting more ridiculous with each sequel and involving everything from robot sharks to space battles. It was fun to scrape together B-movie trash when you were ten years old; it's harder to swallow as a mega-franchise like Fast & Furious makes billions of dollars worldwide. Nowadays, Dom's criminal gang is a sort of Avengers team that's left its street racing days behind to save the world from silly Bond villains, which is something we appreciated when we laughed out loud at the almost parodic Fast 9. Now we're doing Roman numerals, it's time to get serious!

Movie number ten follows in the footsteps of its explosive predecessors, but like its forerunners, there's not much plot to speak of here. The premise of Fast X is based on the moment the franchise decided to ditch all the trappings of realism and put its foot down on the accelerator blindfolded: the Fast Five finale where Dom and O'Conner drag a vault through a big city. What we didn't know ten years ago was that Hernan Reyes' son Dante (played by Jason Momoa) was involved in this bloodbath and has now come back to inflict as much pain as possible on Vin Diesel's meathead. It's a lengthy revenge of two hours and twenty minutes, with no proper resolution. This is just part one of an expensive finale to be released in 2025.

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The idea is to let audiences dig in their heels with excitement for the real resolution in a few years' time, but the plot is so thin that Fast X feels more like a tired repetition of previous films. Fast X is one of those movies that could have cut an hour of material and still worked. There are three other story threads involving Dom's fractured team that mostly remind the viewer of how the film series has been running on fumes since the tragic death of Paul Walker. There's plenty of horsepower in Fast X, but no fuel. The highlight of Fast X is Jason Momoa, who draws the most laughs in the humour department. Momoa is the franchise's answer to the Joker in The Dark Knight, where, with infinite resources and tassels on his head, he plays an overacting buffoon who just wants to see the world burn. This arch-nut is a welcome addition to a movie series that still takes itself a little too seriously, even if the latest films have already broken all the laws of physics. Brie Larson, on the other hand, fails to contribute much, using the same cold charmlessness of Captain Marvel as Mr. Nobody's daughter.

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There are some entertaining action sequences, such as when a bomb rolls all the way down to Vatican City, and scenes such as when Vin "FAMILY" Diesel hurls a burning helicopter at the antagonist with his car are delightfully silly goofball action, but most of it is migraine-inducingly loud and yawn-inducingly dull. Action scenes are interspersed to keep the audience awake, rather than being naturally integrated into the plot, and the self-parodic tone is considerably weaker here than in movie number nine when the characters went to space in a rocket car (!). Fast X is just as high-octane and brain-dead as fans could hope for, but now I mostly feel it's time to put the brakes on this movie series.

04 Gamereactor UK
4 / 10
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Fast & Furious is running on gas fumes by now and this one you should definitely avoid...
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MOVIE REVIEW. Written by André Lamartine

Film editor André yawns at another soulless Vin Diesel adventure that should have hit the brakes a long time ago.



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