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Dec 12 2016

Charlize in F8 of the Furious

Manuelhere to kick off this week with a question all of you may be better equipped to answer than I: how good slash bad doesFate of the Furious(aka F8) look?I have to admit I haven't seen a single one of those films so all my knowledge of them comes from other people discussing them as either the best in post-modern Hollywood spectacle or the worse in contemporary shoot-em-and-'splode-em style Baytastic blockbusters.But even I couldn't resist seeing what Ms Charlize Theron was bringing to the table.

She's joined the long-running franchise (or,to useO.J.: Made in Americanomenclature,your favorite ongoing miniseries) as — and here I had to confirm this was actually her name — Cipher,"the very definition of hi-tech terrorism"as we're told in the trailer.

Theron has a hit (Mad Max: Fury Road) or miss (Aeon Flux) track record when she takes on action flicks.And while there's no denying this'll be a hit no matter what,we always enjoy the Oscar winner when her talents are on full display.Amidst the obvious chemistry that runs through the rest of the sprawling cast of the franchise,the brief moments we have with Charlize don't give us much to look forward to.Or maybe,I'm just so allergic to the bonkers-ness of these flicks to muster much enthusiasm,which: fair.

So what does TFE think of "Cipher,"which looks like it was borrowed wholesale from a cyber-thriller from the 90s?Are we meant to read her dreads as a visual reminder that she's evil (because,you know,she's,like,insensitively culturally appropriating that hairstyle)?Does her icy cold (almost wooden?) delivery suggest F.Gary Gray cast her only to neuter her appeal?

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I had actually confused Charlize with Angelina and the firstFast and FuriouswithGone in Sixty Seconds.(Then again,I've seen any of these movies...)

December 12,2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

Paul -- that's the exact first thought i had to: GONE IN SIXTY SECONDS.and i haven't even seen that movie

December 12,2016 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Nat,too funny.And I made a typo,it was supposed to be: "Then again,Ihaven'tseen any of these movies."

December 12,2016 | Unregistered CommenterPaul Outlaw

What's the point of hiring Furiosa if she's not driving something???

December 12,2016 | Unregistered CommenterTheBoyFromBrazil

Where's Helen Mirren?!

I saw the first THE FAST & THE FURIOUS back in the day but I've never got around to seeing another one.Occasionally I get the urge but - nah,the trailer is usually enough.

December 12,2016 | Unregistered CommenterSteve G

Cheesy title (Seriously,this just beat 2 Fast 2 Furious for the cheesiest title in the whole franchise) without real justification (if you're going to call a movie The Fate of the Furious,have them fighting a literal wizard who's also a great driver (to,y'know,kind of justify the pun,plus acknowledge that you abandoned the world of this franchise being the kind of place where that couldn't happen three or four films ago) and save this plot of Torreto going "EVIL"for next time),and I still feel comfortable ignoring this spawn of a Point Break knock-off franchise once again.

December 12,2016 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

At least she has Tully out later in 2017 to counteract this.

December 12,2016 | Unregistered CommenterMARKGORDONUK

This will not end well for her.

December 12,2016 | Unregistered CommenterMinerva

Does Charlize never leave that set in front of the screen?Did she film her part in just one day?Was the paycheck that good?Does this movie make any sense at all??!!!

December 12,2016 | Unregistered CommenterV.

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