Fate of the Furious is tearing up the global box office right now, proving that the franchise's gas tank is far from empty, even after the tragic loss of Paul Walker. With Fast and the Furious 8 officially kicking off the saga's next trilogy, there were a lot of surprises and twists that kept fans' jaws dropping.
Big reveals like why Vin Diesel's Dom turns evil, or how the franchise chooses to acknowledge Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor, had a major impact on viewers; but so did the tragic loss of a major supporting character.
Obviously, MAJOR SPOILERS are about to follow, so if you haven't seen Fate of the Furious then read no further - unless you want to know!
Goodbye, My (Side) Love...
The whole reason Dom turns evil in Fate of the Furious is because of the leverage that mercenary hacker Cipher (Charlize Theron) has on him. After Fast Five, when Dom fell for policewoman Elena Neves (Elsa Pataky), the two conceived a child - one that Elena kept hidden from Dom, after he discovered Letty was alive in Fast and the Furious 6. When Cipher gets her hands on Elena and Dom's son, Dom is forced to whatever the madwoman wants.
Of course, Dom is a self-titled "tiger" with a Cipher foot on his neck - a situation he never intends to let continue. Things get complicated when his former team (especially Letty) get in his way, resulting in a scene where he and Letty are alone in an alleyway, with Letty refusing to let go of the case that Dom need to retrieve for Cipher. Dom can't gun down his love in cold blood - and though he does ultimately retrieve the case, his hesitation is enough to piss Cipher off.
In one of the franchise's most disturbing scenes, Dom is forced to watch through a holding cell door as Cipher has her henchman, Rhodes (Kristofer Hivju), execute Elena in cold blood, in front of Dom and his son.
NEXT PAGE: What Dom Does About It...
What Dom Does About It
After Cipher kills Elena, Dom puts an ambitious plan into action to get himself out from Cipher's clutches.
While his team takes on Cipher and her hijacked Russian nuclear submarine, Dom stalls for time while some old faces from the franchise's past (find out who, HERE) unite to attack Cipher's plane and free Dom's son.
As Rhodes is perching himself to assassinate Dom's team with a high powered sniper rifle (starting with Letty), Dom gets the "all clear" that his son his safe. With that assurance, Dom goes full beast mode - starting with slamming Rhodes on the hood of his car, and snapping his neck. After that, Dom uses his car to trick some heat-seeking missiles into blowing up the submarine.
...Unfortunately, Dom's secret allies aren't able to apprehend Cipher during their raid of her base, leaving Dom with some very personal unfinished business to handle. See you in Fast and the Furious 9!
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SYNOPSIS: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.
From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.
For Fast and the Furious, Vin Diesel is joined by a returning all-star cast that includes Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky and Kurt Russell. In addition to Theron, the series welcomes newcomers Scott Eastwood and Oscar winner Helen Mirren. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton) and produced by returning producers Neal H. Moritz, Michael Fottrell and Diesel.