Fast & Furious 10, by Louis Leterrier, returns by taking a step back from its shamelessly exaggerated tone as it finds its purpose again to continue. In addition, the story of him, who goes through Sun (Vin Diesel), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and the rest of the protagonists, delves into a formidable enemy.
There is nothing in the new movie of the franchise that is not related to Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa), son of Hernan Reyes (Joaquim de Almeida). More than a good villain, in the style of the remembered Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), is a psychopath without conscience or remorse, with great ability to face all the resources of Sun. Ever since his monstrous underwater epiphany—an unavoidable nod to Aquaman—even his relentless thirst for revenge. The character appropriates the story from his first appearance.
Whether on the streets of Rio de Janeiro or planning with twisted patience traps and deceit, Dante is at the center of the conflict. In his shadow, the rest of the members of the family of pilots of Fast & Furious 10 they will have to work to reach their tone.
Fast & Furious 10
Fast & Furious 10 moves away from the criticized exaggerations of the franchise to delve into the essentials of the saga. On this occasion, Dom (Vin Diesel) will have to defend his family—the real one and the asphalt one—from a new enemy. A formidable villain who returns from the past to do justice and leave his mark on the franchise. Stronger in script and special effects than the previous ones, it is the prelude to an end. Which leaves your argument incomplete. Fast & Furious 10 is more interested in leaving doors open for its sequel than in delving into its own conflict. So the feature film falls flat at its end, with a predictable cliffhanger and taken to exaggeration.
A violent past that returns
In fact, the plot delves much deeper into this dark but laughing nemesis than any other character. The camera and the attention of the narration carefully follow him until he creates an opponent who will not be easily defeated.
One whose charisma prevents the big action scenes in which he stars from overshadowing him. While the plot of Fast & Furious 10 move across the world and dante he multiplies his tricks, the film becomes more attractive and acquires more personality.
At the same time, it pays tribute to the previous plots. One of the most valuable features of the new installment of the classic franchise is the careful revision of its mythology. It’s not just that Dante is the son of the drug dealer he murdered. Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and that took the agent outside the legal limit.
The impeccable villain of Fast & Furious 10
On this occasion, everything seems to come together in a well-planned thread of events that travel to the past and return to the present. The scenario of Rio de Janeiro fast & furious 5 reappears on the periphery. For the first time, the film does not abandon the motivations of its protagonists to chance or crazy explanations. Which gives the narrative an unexpected solidity, without losing its air of pure and carefree entertainment.
During her opening scenes, Fast & Furious 10 provides all the necessary information to know the background and know what will happen. So he spends a good deal of time reminiscing about what happened in the already iconic vault robbery, including the impossible image of cars dragging a steel box twice their weight. Only, this time, the entire sequence is interspersed with images of dante, who witnessed the robbery and the death of his father. For a decade, the character plotted her revenge, and now he’s here to execute it.
All roads lead to Rio de Janeiro
As an agent of chaos, the villain with the colorful nails and mocking laughter fills the entire narrative like a wave of energy. The interesting thing about the combination is that building a villain that depends to a large extent on the decisions of the past makes him more deadly. He dante Jason Momoa does not owe explanations nor does he want to give them. He also does not justify himself or need to make clear his power, his violence or what he will do to achieve his goal.
Also, he has enough intelligence to fool the main characters for most of Fast & Furious 10. No one knows his intentions or what he pursues with them. The script manages to preserve the mystery surrounding Dante long enough that, when his purpose becomes clear, he can defy expectations.
Meanwhile, Sun He realizes that the threat is much bigger than he thought and that he doesn’t have the means to stop it. But, in particular, that the expansive wave of violence that the new villain brings with him does not concern only him. It also implicates innocent people and the only weak point of Vin Diesel’s character.
Fast & Furious 10: big, loud and ridiculous, but addictive
In addition to that, the plot explores what the set of films contributed, before or after, to action cinema. Fast & Furious 10 she is more aware of her legacy than any of the above. So the action scenes—there are nearly a dozen and all shot with meticulous realism—are better than the rest of the franchise’s movies.
As usual, the script is not particularly complex, but it does manage to weave its story together intelligently. From that point on, the story written by Justin Lin and Dan Mazeau covers the essentials of the usual battle between enemies who can become allies. And he does it, moreover, with enough ingenuity to manage to surprise on some occasions.
The family as the central point of the narrative
Fast & Furious 10 it does not follow the franchise formula of trying to surpass the previous one in means and resources. Instead, it sticks to the boundaries of the story that preceded it, and explores its characters from there. Therefore, since the appearance of Cipher (Charlize Theron) until the one of Shaw (Jason Statham) are much more restrained and less forceful than expected. In reality, the script patiently leads the conflict towards its denouement, which is announced with a tragic wound for Sun.
Something that is beneficial to the extent that it delves into its central points. The characters are much more aware of the staggering risks they often take. In addition, the concept of family becomes more obvious and becomes the central thread of all the action of Fast & Furious 10. With the appearance of Grandma Toretto (Rita Moreno) and a greater emphasis on what happens in the domestic home, the message is clear. What is at risk is much more important than cars and fabulous fortunes.
However, the script makes the mistake of being too obvious in how it will focus the action. Everything is built so that dante and Sun be part of something bigger. The final battle will take place between the two and will revolve around the consequences of the villain’s actions. So Toretto can be understood as good incarnate.
The argument of Fast & Furious 10 he spends insistent explanatory dialogues to point out that he would do everything for those of his blood. His son, Brian (Leo Abelo Perry), insists that his father is not afraid. Something that Letty accepts and assumes as the prerequisite for what will happen next. Even John Cena’s Jakob spends almost two minutes detailing the reason why he will never surpass his older brother, nor will he reach him in feats. So the direction of the conflict is obvious.
Fast & Furious 10 it’s more dangerous than ever
everyone knows that dante You don’t want to just land a spin hit, you want to deal real damage to your enemies. His revenge is aimed at total destruction. What makes a good part of the script become a game of cat and mouse with several layers that are discovered, not always skillfully.
The film does not take all situations to the extreme – only some – which allows the film to obtain a balance. It’s just as loud, with its ridiculous, poorly constructed twists, as it is worth taking seriously. All the more so as each of the beloved figures must face a brutal force or give up.
However, the biggest problem with Fast & Furious 10 it’s that it leaves a story incomplete, which causes the script to end up failing almost inevitably. Gradually, obviously posed situations are presented to be resolved in his second —or third— installment. This creates great difficulty in cohering the loose pieces of information that are spread throughout the film.
The big bangs and revelations
Of course, like every self-respecting film in the saga, Fast & Furious 10 he accentuates the action towards his second and third legs, to show his best cards in his last minutes. In Rome, the enemy shows everything he has to quench his bloodlust, which includes an attack on the Vatican. But in reality, the elaborate plan of dante has a purpose that Sun he discovers when he is no longer able to stop it.
However, there is an abrupt loss of pace, so the film falls halfway in its ambition. Despite of cliffhanger and the promise of a return to settle accounts. Will the next two films resolve the loose ends left by the current one? It only remains to wait to know the answer.