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'Fate of the Furious" reaches new heights in action

I love the "The Fast and Furious" movie series. With the stunts, drama and eye candy (Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson, anyone?), what's not to love? I admit to being nervous to see the latest installment after watching a preview. I wasn't sure I was ready to see the hero of the previous movies turn on his family. And, with seven movies already made in the series, how much more could the producers give us?

"The Fate of the Furious" did not disappoint. True, Dominic Toretto (played by Diesel) appears to go rogue and stab his team in the back. When the team is tasked with retrieving an EMP, Toretto steals the weapon from Hobbs (played by Johnson) and gives it to sketchy Cipher, wickedly played by Charlize Theron. The team, including new wife Letty (played by Michelle Rodriguez), are left to wonder what has happened to the man they knew and are determined to capture him. So sets the stage for more drama, action and thrills.

The team hunts him down through New York and Russia, but Cipher seems to be always one step ahead. They team up with former enemy Deckard, played by Jason Statham, who will make the old ladies just a little bit more breathless, and mysterious Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) and his little Mr. Nobody-in-training, played by clean-cut Scott Eastwood.

Along with the faster, more beautiful cars, the crazy-good stunts that the viewer knows is ridiculous, but will enjoy anyway, and the short skirts for male viewers, is some subtle humor mixed in and the sense that we are all being punked.

The film ends of course with loose ends, setting up another installment in the series, but isn't that what makes this all exciting? I cannot wait to see what the next film has in store for us. Hold onto your seats, folks, the ride is thrilling.

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