Towards the halfway mark / two-thirds mark I thought this might be heading for the same fate as John Wick 2, that of being a weak, nasty sequel, but it managed to turn it around.
Walker’s absence is, despite the ensemble’s best efforts, noticeable. Nor is Scott Eastwood that good a replacement. (Harsh as it sounds I think he’d be better out of the acting game for, unfair as it is, he’ll always get compared to his dad.)
The story for this ain’t great and it isn’t helped by Cipher getting away at the end to return in Fast 9 or Fast 10, as that undermines the finale. She was also a pretty crappy villain, droning on monotonously about this and that and wittering on about choices while denying her own the entire time.
Where it succeeds is in mad, inspired big action setpieces that are utterly ludicrous but very fun.
It’s an OK sequel, but I’m hoping Fast 9 is better.