Fast Ten Review – an exhausting action film

By Marc Miller
Published: May 22, 2023 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)
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2023 film Fast Ten Review
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Summary

You have to admire Fast Ten‘s stubbornness to entertain. However, the Fast franchise has turned into daytime soap operas for millennial and Gen-Z males because simply nothing is off-limits regarding the pure lunacy of its storytelling.

Here is our review of the 2023 film Fast Ten, which does not contain significant spoilers.

The Fast & Furious franchise returns with Fast Ten and has evolved into a soap opera catering to millennials and Gen-Z males. The enduring saga of Dominic Toretto and his friends has spanned over twenty years, and some of the twists and turns resemble those found in classic daytime soap operas like The Young and the Restless.

Regarding the plot of these films, virtually nothing is off-limits. At the very least, you can be assured that you’ll get your money’s worth, even if the story is pure lunacy.

Fast Ten Review and Plot Summary

Vin Diesel picks up his wrench one more time as Dominic Toretto, and his gang of “family is what you make it” return for Fast Ten, a film that ignores the conventional rules of cinematic storytelling and does whatever the hell it wants because it can.

This time, they gather around the same picnic table for twenty years when Cipher (Charlize Theron) shows up later that night with a warning.

After barely escaping certain death from Dante Reyes (a hyperbolic turn by Jason Momoa), the vengeful son of the former Portuguese kingpin killed years ago during Fast Five, Cipher warns Dom that he is coming for him and his family. The entire gang heads to Rome, where Dante sets them up as terrorists who try and blow up the Vatican. This puts the entire team, again, on the run.

I’m pretty sure there’s no need for us to delve into many more details about the plot of Fast Ten because it hardly matters. The filmmakers tailored the film to satisfy the masses’ craving for bombastic cinema.

They filled every syllable, word, sentence, action, sequence, and drawn-out scene with dazzling action and abundant cameos from the franchise’s impressive supporting cast.

A lot has been said about the newest additions to the Fast & Furious franchise. However, while Momoa’s portrayal of Dante can be entertaining, his performance comes across as comical. I would compare it to an even more cartoonish version of the Joker without makeup. Momoa’s character exaggerations occur at every turn, and it can be just as distracting as the action in the film.

Brie Larson enters the scene as Mr. Nobody’s daughter, but her portrayal feels lackluster. She appears to sleepwalk through the role, presenting her character as a carefree valley girl who seems out of place in the franchise.

However, Alan Ritchson is a perfect fit for the Fast Saga. He brings a brooding presence, and his punch is something that even Luke Hobbs would be envious of.

The Fast franchise has turned into sci-fi film lunacy and is practically superhero fare. The constant faceless enemies resemble tricked-out camouflage super troopers. There’s an unmistakable sound during a car chase that sounds just like a TIE fighter.

Even then, what I will say is what works is you care about these characters. That’s the difference here between this franchise and, say, Michael Bay’s latest Transformers films, which is no small feat in Hollywood over a twenty-year run.

Is Fast Ten Good or Bad?

Fast Ten is bad, but it never fails to try and at least entertain its audience. The action sequences, fight scenes, and redundant head-scratching returns of characters are overdone to the point of exhaustion. That includes Momoa’s much-heralded villainous turn.

Is Fast Ten Worth Watching?

Fast Ten is worth watching if you’re a fan of the franchise. Let me remind newcomers, these movies began with some knuckleheads trying to steal now obsolete electronic appliances to being well-trained assassins who are experts in martial arts, computer science, and space travel, proving you can do anything you put your mind to. So, at least there’s that.


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