This article contains mild spoilers for The Fate of the Furious. If you want to remain unsullied, we suggest you don’t read on.
This weekend, Universal’s The Fate of the Furious hit cinemas and made a great impact at the box-office. The eighth film in the franchise, the Fate of the Furious is the first film in the franchise that doesn’t feature Paul Walker’s character since he passed away in 2013. 2015’s Furious 7 featured a great tribute to the character and star, along with the song “See You Again” that was dedicated to Walker.
In Fate of the Furious, a slight nod towards Walker’s character Brian is made. The reference pointed out the legacy the character has had and the relationship Brian had with Vin Diesel’s Dom. In the film, Roman and Hobbs suggest that they should call Brian to help them in their latest mission but Letty shuts them down, saying that Brian should be left to enjoy his life.
In an interview with Collider, writer Chris Morgan discussed the inclusion of the namedrop and what it means in the grander scheme of things.
“It’s so dramatic for the characters that at some point they would definitely turn to each other and say, ‘Oh my God, we gotta tell Brian, we gotta tell Mia. Something is going on with Dom, we don’t know what it is.’ So I think from a practical point of view for the characters you needed to address it. For the audience, and just as a fan as the writer on it, I also wanted to have one moment where we were able to — specifically at the beat at the end of the film — say to the audience, ‘We’re thinking of him too’ in a respectful sort of way.”
In the end, Brian’s legacy continues on even though he’ll no longer be physically present.
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game — and the rest of the crew has been exonerated — the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
The Fate of the Furious is currently in theaters.
6 Theater-Worthy Movies To Look Forward To In April
March has ended and Spring has begun which means we’re already in the summer movie season. The biggest hits of last month both financially and critically were Beauty and the Beast, Kong: Skull Island, and Logan. April offers us a smaller and more intimate slate of films, giving us a well-deserved breath of fresh air from last month’s loaded offerings. This month’s films will put many of our favorite stars in roles that are both unique and diverse, which might surprise you.
Let’s take a look at what you can expect to come out this month in chronological order. Hit Next to continue!
Going In Style
It has been a while since we’ve gotten a solid heist film and Going In Style will hopefully change that with its unique spin on a classic genre. The main trio in the film consists of legendary actors Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alin Arkin who plan to rob a bank after their pensions are lost. The film is directed by Zach Braff, best known for his work on Scrubs. Still need more convincing? The script was written by Theodore Melfi who previously wrote and directed St. Vincent, one of the most underrated comedies of this decade. Beyond that, he also wrote and directed the Oscar-nominated Hidden Figures. By the looks of the trailer, Going In Style looks to be a solid crowd pleasure that looks to be Point Break by the way of The Bucket List.
- Going In Style hits theaters on April 7th
- Directed by: Zach Braff
- Starring: Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin, Matt Dillon, and Joey King
Desperate to pay the bills and come through for their loved ones, three lifelong pals risk it all by embarking on a daring bid to knock off the very bank that absconded with their money.
Probably the most unique and absurd film to come out this year, Colossal offers viewers a different spin on the classic Kaiju narrative. Instead of focusing on the humans dealing with the impacts of the monster, the film delves into the mind of someone who is controlling the Kaiju. Fusing the horrific with the comedic is nothing different for director Nacho Vigalondo, who previously directed Timecrimes, one of the most seminal films in the time-travel genre, as well as segments in The ABCs of Death and V/H/S: Viral. Furthermore, the film is being scored by Bear McCreary, who is best known for writing the music for The Walking Dead and last year’s 10 Cloverfield Lane, which had a vastly underrated and chilling score. Debuting last year at the Toronto International Film Festival and this year at the Sundance Film Festival, the film is being lauded by critics for its unique and strange approach to a familiar genre, use of a strong female character, and how it deals with addiction and one’s personal demons.
- Colossal hits theaters on April 7th
- Directed by: Nacho Vigalondo
- Starring: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Dan Stevens, Simon Pegg, and Tim Blake Nelson.
Gloria is an out-of-work party girl who, after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend, is forced to leave her life in New York and move back to her hometown. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realization that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spin out of control, Gloria must determine why her seemingly insignificant existence has such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.
The Lost City of Z
Premiering at last year’s New York Film Festival, The Lost City of Z has gotten stellar reviews from critics due to its use of traditional storytelling, powerful visuals, and engrossing stories. This comes as no surprise as the film is directed by James Gray, one of the most underrated and unique voices in filmmaking at the moment. He previously directed dramas such as We Own The Night and The Immigrant, which both showcased his slow, methodical, and traditional style. A further vote of confidence comes from Amazon Studios, which obtained the U.S rights to the film. Beyond, the film has an impressive and well-rounded cast, with highlights including Robert Pattinson and Tom Holland. While all eyes may shine on our newest Spider-man, we shouldn’t ignore the strides Pattinson has been making as an actor. Long gone are the days of Twilight, as the actor has matured and provided great roles in The Rover and Maps to the Stars. What’s most interesting is the execution of the film, which boasts both drama and adventure. Instead of opting to go the larger than life route, Gray has chosen to focus on the characters and make them serve the story, not the other way around.
- The Lost City of Z hits theaters on April 14th
- Directed by: James Gray
- Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, and Ian McDiarmid
At the dawn of the 20th century, British explorer Percy Fawcett journeys into the Amazon, where he discovers evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization that may have once inhabited the region. Despite being ridiculed by the scientific establishment, which views indigenous populations as savages, the determined Fawcett, supported by his devoted wife, son, and aide-de-camp, returns to his beloved jungle in an attempt to prove his case.
- The Fate of the Furious hits theaters on April 14th
- Directed by: F. Gary Gray
- Starring: Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Charlize Theron, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris Bridges (Ludacris), and Kurt Russell
Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon, Brian and Mia have retired from the game, and the rest of the crew has been exonerated, the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman seduces Dom back into a world of crime that he can’t seem to escape, the crew will face trials that will test them as never before.
A Marvel combination unlike any other, Gifted is directed by Marc Webb and stars Chris Evans. If you don’t remember, Webb’s debut was the critically acclaimed romantic-comedy 500 Days of Summer. After his successful debut, Webb was roped in to direct Sony’s Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. After mixed reception both it and its sequel, the character ended up in the MCU and Webb has now returned to his roots in the indie genre. We’re excited to see Webb going back to what he does best and we’re expecting a solid performance from Chris Evans, who has been spending most of his time lately playing Captain America. As much as we adore Steve Rogers, Evans’ performances have become a known quantity, with exceptions being his role in Snowpiercer. While the premise of the film sounds pretty generic, its stellar cast will likely build it up more and add more levity to it.
- Gifted hits theaters on April 21st
- Directed by: Marc Webb
- Starring: Chris Evans, Lindsay Duncan, Jenny Slate, Octavia Spencer, and Mckenna Grace
Frank Adler is a single man raising a child prodigy – his spirited young niece Mary – in a coastal town in Florida. Frank’s plans for a normal school life for Mary are foiled when the 7-year-old’s mathematical abilities come to the attention of Frank’s formidable mother, Evelyn, whose plans for her granddaughter threaten to separate Frank and Mary.
Our final film for this month is the Ben Wheatley-directed Free Fire, a film that boasts an interesting premise and an even more talented cast. Wheatley has previously directed a segment in The ABCs of Death and last year’s highly-acclaimed dystopian thriller High-Rise (which if you haven’t seen, do yourself a favor and check it out). Premiering at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the film was acquired by A24, a known leader in the indie film industry. Since its premiere late last fall, the film has received great reviews from critics who praised its visuals, action sequences, and tremendous cast. We’re mostly excited to see the action play out but we would be lying if we weren’t excited for Sharlto Copley’s performance in the film. One of the most absurd and genre-friendly stars of our time, Copley always manages to turn in a great performance, even if the film is a dud (we’re looking at you Oldboy).
- Free Fire hits theaters on April 21st
- Directed by: Ben Wheatley
- Starring: Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, and Cillian Murphy
Justine brokers a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen and a gang led by Vernon and Ord, who intend to sell them a stash of guns. But when shots fire during the handover, complete pandemonium ensues, with everyone at the scene suddenly thrust into a heart-stopping game of survival.
What are the movies that will get you to the theater this month? Let us know in the comments!