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The Fate of the Furious is the eight installment in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Fittingly it was originally titled F8. It was released April 2017.

The film rejoins the cast during Dom and Letty's honeymoon in Cuba, with the rest of the team exonerated and presumably retired. That is, until a woman named Cipher (played by the franchise's first Oscar-winning addition to the cast, Charlize Theron) — an anarchist, high tech terrorist, and professional criminal, who seduces Dom back to the world of crime he'd left behind and the crew (sans Brian) are forced back into action to stop him.

The film is directed by F Gary Gray (of The Italian Job (2003) and Straight Outta Compton fame), and reunites Gray with Theron and Statham, who he worked with on the 2003 Italian Job remake.note 



  • Adult Fear: Dom's actions in the film are motivated by The Reveal that Elena was pregnant and gave birth to a baby boy while he was busy chasing Jakande in the previous film, and is what allows Cipher to have a hold on him. One of the climactic scenes has Dom waiting to hear back from Deckard, who along with Owen assaults Cipher's plane to rescue the child.
  • Artistic License – Ships: The Akula class submarines have a speed of 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph) surfaced, and 28–35 knots (52–65 km/h; 32–40 mph) submerged. But is shown catching up with and outrunning all the cars going flat out on the ice.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Roman jumps at the chance to drive a bright orange Lamborghini for the big raid...only to have it go out of control on the ice as he doesn't have snow tires and is an easy target for the guys shooting at them.
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  • Back for the Dead: This unfortunately happens to Elena, who is executed by Rhodes on Cipher's order as a consequence of Dom letting Letty go.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The crew manage to foil Cipher's plan to release the nuclear subs and thus avert World War III. But Elena is killed in the process, leaving her son to be raised by Dom and Letty, Cipher herself gets away unscathed, and the Torettos making amends with the Shaws comes with a risk as they have now pardoned two extremely dangerous criminals who have caused them no end of misery in the past, including killing one of their own — but hey, everyone can change.
  • The Cameo:
    • Tego and Rico come back to help Dom out by faking Deckard's death in New York, and Owen Shaw shows up, fully healed, to help his brother launch an air-assault on Cipher's plane.
    • Dame Helen Mirren shows up as the Shaws' Cockney crime boss mother, Magdalene.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Apparently, Luke Hobbs now can easily throw regular-sized humans around like pieces of paper, rush through barricades of people with FREAKING POLICE SHIELDS like nothing's business, and even RIP OFF FUCKING HANDCUFFS with little to no effort. That's how recovery from falling off a building works out, though.
  • Chekhov's Boomerang: Early on, Roman suggests using God's Eye to track and find Cipher's location, only for it to be revealed that Cipher took countermeasures to prevent it. Cipher subsequently steals it and uses it through the rest of the film to further her plan. Then it's revealed that Dom used God's Eye to find Owen Shaw's location so Deckard and Magdalene Shaw could bust him out of prison and help take over Cipher's plane during the climax.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Dom's cross makes another important role in the series. Dom hangs it above Elena's cell on Cipher's plane when he "becomes the 'old' Dom" and works for Cipher. Turns out the cross has a tracking device on it that leads Deckard right to the cell to rescue Dom's baby when he and Owen assault Cipher's plane in the climax.
  • Chekhov's Gunman:
    • The Cuban crime boss Graceful Loser returns to assist Dom in The Plan to bring down Cipher in New York, providing him with the time he needed to make a deal with the Shaws' mother.
    • Early on in the film, Mr. Nobody mentions that Owen Shaw is currently locked up at a government black site. During the climax, it's revealed that Dom enacted a plan to allow Deckard and Magdalene Shaw to find and break Owen out of prison. Owen subsequently assists Deckard when they assault Cipher's plane during the climax.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • To the first film. Cipher insists that the most important thing in Dom's life is the thrill of living a quarter mile at a time.
    • To the fifth film. Elena is shot and killed. Her husband was murdered similarly in Brazil.
    • To the sixth film. When Deckard and Owen assault Cipher's plane during the climax, Owen looks back at the hatch closing behind them as they land. He grimaces, remembering what happened the last time he was on a plane.
    • To the seventh film. Midway through the film, Ramsey muses about whether the team should bring Brian and Mia in to help. Both Roman and Letty counter that they made a promise not to involve the couple in any more jobs and let them live in peace.
  • Crocodile Tears: Magdalene Shaw begins crying uncontrollably when her son Deckard objects to bringing Owen on the final mission and stops immediately the second he agrees.
  • Dead Guy Junior: Dom's son, Brian Marcus Toretto, both meta and in-universe. In-universe, his middle name is named after Elena's husband Officer Marcos Neves, who was murdered in Brazil. In a meta-sense, his first name is named after Brian O'Connor, to honor the real-life passing of Paul Walker.
  • Death by Cameo: Elsa Pataky (Elena) shows up long enough to have a pair of scenes as a prisoner being held by Cipher to get Dom's cooperation. She is summarily executed by Rhodes after Dom lets Letty go after stealing the nuclear football.
  • Death of the Hypotenuse: Elena is executed by Rhodes on Cipher's orders, just a short time after it's revealed that she gave birth to a child. This avoids another potential Love Triangle and allows Dom to raise the child with Letty.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Raldo loses a race against Dom, but comes to respect him so much for his gracious waiver of his car that was on the line that he travels to New York to help Dom set up a meeting with Magdalene Shaw without Cipher finding out.
  • The Dragon: Connor Rhodes to Cipher.
  • Easily Forgiven:
    • Dom buries the hatchet with Deckard when the latter helps rescue Dom's son, while Deckard gives up his vendetta on them after Dom uses the God's Eye to help Deckard and his mother rescue Owen.
    • This also applies to Dom as a whole by the end of the movie, considering that he did betray his team and put most of them on the international most wanted list and almost assists Cipher into starting a world war... Though considering the life his innocent baby son, whom they would also have loved and laid down their lives for, was at stake, their forgiveness is much more understandable in this case.
  • Enemy Mine: Dom's team is partnered up with Deckard Shaw by Mr. Nobody.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Deckard and Owen are revealed to be this. Despite all said and done, they love their mother, and their mother loves them too. In fact, Deckard sobs up for real when his mother sows some (fake) tears to finally convince him to break Owen out of prison and help rescue Dom's son.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Deckard Shaw is aghast that Cipher's men want to kill a child, even if it is the son of his sworn enemy Dominic Toretto. He even beats a mook into a pulp for opening fire in the baby's direction.
  • Everything Is Online: To an even more ridiculous degree than the last film. Cipher and her hackers are able to remote control hundreds of cars in downtown New York City, and even remote pilot a refitted Russian nuclear sub and launch its payload of missiles all from the comfort of their spy plane.
  • Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: The team rework God's Eye to figure out where Cipher and Dom are, showing a building.
    Mr. Nobody: Huh. Well, that's weird. Because... that's...right here.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Dom seemingly does this in the eighth film. Of course he goes back to the heroes' side at the end.
  • Faking the Dead: Midway through the film, Dom seemingly shoots and kills Deckard Shaw. Later on, when Dom enacts his Xanatos Gambit against Cipher, Deckard is revealed to be alive, having faked his death so he could skydrop into Cipher's plane without being detected.
  • Fire Forged Friendship: Hobbs and Deckard. They initially started as bitter enemies, having Snark-to-Snark Combat whilst in prison, to eventually laughing whilst insulting each other. Hobbs even gives a Big "NO!" when Deckard is seemingly shot dead by Dom. They seem to be buddies at the end of the film.
  • Forced into Evil: Dom is forced to do Cipher's bidding because she has Elena held hostage, along with her and Dom's newborn son. She threatens to kill them if he doesn't comply.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: Averted. Using the God's Eye device from the previous movie is one of the first things the good guys try, but Cipher has already come up with countermeasures. She still attacks Mr. Nobody's headquarters to steal it an use it herself. Dom also uses it to locate the prison where Owen is being kept.
  • Foreshadowing: In the beginning of the film, Dom and Letty briefly discuss raising a child, with Letty playfully commenting that she's not pregnant. Later in the film, it's revealed that Elena, Dom's former lover, gave birth to a baby son, who is fathered by Dom during their brief romance together, and both of them are being held hostages by Cipher to force Dom into working for her. The baby is later adopted by Dom and Letty to be raised as their own after Elena is killed and is named Brian.
  • Gory Discretion Shot:
    • During the Russian stronghold fight, Letty flips one of the soldiers she's fighting over a railing, right into the spinning propeller of the nuclear sub. We don't see anything but the slight blood splatter.
    • Elena's death is also done like this, where only the gunshots are heard.
    • In universe: Deckard says "You're not going to want to see this" to the baby and turns him away from the carnage before he beats up a soldier who shot at the baby.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: It's revealed that Cipher was backing Owen and Jakande in the previous two films in an effort to obtain Nightshade and God's Eye respectively.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Deckard Shaw, who is humanized so much that he is Easily Forgiven by Dom and takes part in the barbecue at the end of the film. Owen as well, since Dom's the one who helps him break out of prison.
  • Hostage Situation: This is what causes Dom to get involved with Cipher in the first place. He learns that Elena has been kidnapped by her, along with The Reveal that she gave birth to his child. Part of the climax involves Deckard and Owen assaulting Cipher's plane to rescue the child.
  • Hypocrite: Cipher lives this trope through the entire movie, espousing the "freedom of choice" rather than rules, despite the fact that the only reason Dom works for her is that she is holding his son hostage, and then tries to make Dom shoot her as a "choice", despite as she herself and Dom point out there are multiple reasons why the Just Eat Gilligan "choice" wouldnt work, such as the cell holding Doms' son and Elena has a two man failsafe, and the minute he shot Cipher the entire plane would come to kill Doms' son.
  • I Have Your Wife: Or rather, "I have your ex-lover and newborn son."
  • Ironic Echo: "Do you think this is gonna be a street fight?" Dom says this to Deckard when the latter catches up to him in New York and Dom pulls a gun on him, before seemingly shooting him dead. It's actually part of Dom's plan to fake Deckard's death to get him under the radar so he could rescue Dom's son.
  • I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: Not only Cipher forces Dom in her service by threatening to kill his newborn son, she orders Elena to be killed when Dom lets Letty escape with the nuclear codes.
  • Karma Houdini:
    • Cipher successfully escapes to safety during the Climax. Although it's suggested that she has to lay low for a while, she gets off really easy for all the monstrous things she does.
    • Deckard and Owen Shaw, as well, since both are villains of previous films and had done things that almost got the team killed. The former, in particular, did kill one: Han. However, the two manage to lighten this somewhat by saving Dom's son. Extending their warranty while also likely planning to make Cipher's expire. Given that she more or less put them at odds with the team in the first place.
  • Long Bus Trip: Both Brian and Mia are dropped from the series so they can quietly raise their children. This is done to retire Brian, as his actor had passed away; theoretically, Mia can appear again, but it would feel awkward (plus she has been demoted to extra since the sixth film anyway). Word of God said that Brian might appear again in some way, though.
  • My Secret Pregnancy: Elena reveals that she was pregnant with Dom's son sometime during the events of Fast & Furious 6 and had raised him since then without telling Dom, as she didn't want to ruin his reunion with Letty. By the time she had gathered enough courage to break the news, Cipher had already known her secret and took her hostage.
  • Never Trust a Trailer:
    • The trailer implies that after Dom's (apparent) Face–Heel Turn, he and Hobbs will have an epic rematch with Hobbs announcing that whether the old Dom is still in there or not, he will take him down, over a scene where an armored reflects bullets with a riot shield, as Hobbs fires a belt fed assault rifle. Not only are these shots from completely different scenes, but the two never directly fight each other in the whole movie.
    • Speaking of Dom turning on his team/family, the trailers seem to imply that whether he has really betrayed them for Cypher and why are going to be big mysteries in the film. In actuality, it is made clear to the audience that Dom is being extorted into turning on them from pretty much the beginning, even if for what is not initially made clear.
  • No-Sell: During the prison riot, Hobbs is shot multiple times with rubber bullets. It does little more than piss him off.
    Hobbs: Rubber bullets. Big mistake.
  • Not So Different: Hobbs is curious as to why Deckard became a criminal since he is a highly decorated war hero. Deckard then points out that he wasn't so different from Hobbs, who was a highly decorated government agent. He further implies that like Hobbs, he was betrayed and set up, forcing him to operate in the shadows.
  • Reality Ensues: When the team chooses vehicles for the final chase, Roman picks the orange Lamborghini he spotted earlier. Not only is the car completely unsuited to the terrain, the bright orange paint job makes it an easy target.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • After Hobbs' daughter's soccer team performs an intimidating haka right before a match, one of the girls on the opposing team decides she doesn't want to play anymore.
    • After Cipher takes control of hundreds of cars in New York, a taxi driver waits until it has slowed down enough and jumps out... abandoning his passenger on the back seat.
  • Sequel Escalation: As of this movie, The Toretto family's archnemesis is a remorselessly sociopathic hacker-slash-warlord with a veritable god-complex, who is fully able (and willing) to threaten the world with a global nuclear holocaust just to puff up her monstrous ego.
  • Sequel Hook: Cipher escapes after the Final Battle, and Mr. Nobody reports that she was last seen in Athens. Time will tell when she will rise again.
  • Shout-Out: After the submarine chases the characters, one of the remarks, "We're going to need a bigger truck!"
  • Someone to Remember Him By: Dom's son, Brian Marcos, someone to remember Elena. And Brian too, in a sense (see Dead Guy Junior above).
  • Stealth Pun: The title of The Fate of the Furious is derived from the working title, F8 — if you take the first letter of the working title and pronounce it in front of the number, then you have a homonym for "Fate".
  • Terrorists Without a Cause: Cipher and her network of hackers and mercenaries.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: When Dom dispatches Rhodes and races towards the missile truck firing at the team, the theme song kicks in full force as he goes down the snowy slope.
  • Two-Keyed Lock: Cipher's plane has one for Elena's cell, which initially prevents Dom from rescuing her since he's alone and the second lock is located in the cockpit. This is why it takes both Deckard and Owen to rescue his son during the climax.
  • Unknown Rival: Dom has been inadvertently foiling Cipher's plans' for at least two movies, by stopping Owen Shaw and Mose Jakande. She hasn't taken it well.
  • Villain: Exit, Stage Left: After her plans are foiled and the Shaw brothers kill all her men and capture her plane, Cipher escapes from it by jumping with a parachute, remaining at large as the movie ends.
  • Villainous Fashion Sense: Cipher is an extremely fashionable villain, sporting heavy metal t-shirts and leather jackets, and even has a combination high-fashion walk-in wardrobe and weaponry closet on board her jet plane.
  • Wham Line: The first trailer for the film has a very big one.
    Hobbs: Dominic Toretto ...just turned on us!
  • Wham Shot:
    • The shot on Cipher's plane that reveals Elena, Dom's former lover, has been held hostage by Cipher in order to force him into working for her. The second Wham Shot is dropped seconds later when Elena reveals that she gave birth to a baby son, who was fathered by Dom during their brief romance before Letty was discovered to be alive.
    • Later, a pair of men use special wingsuits to board Cipher's plane, then unmask to reveal themselves as the supposedly-dead Deckard and his supposedly-imprisoned brother, Owen.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Hobbs notably asks Dom what he's doing and tells him to reconsider when the latter rams him off the road after the botched Berlin job.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Cipher and her mooks are all too willing to kill Dom's newborn son if he doesn't play ball. When Deckard rescues the kid, he calls them out on it.
    Deckard Shaw: You'd shoot a little baby? Really!?
  • You Have Failed Me: In retaliation for Dom rescuing Letty from Rhodes, Cipher has Rhodes execute Elena in front of Dom.


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