#JusticeForHan: Does ‘Fate of the Furious’ twist betray the ‘Fast and Furious’ family? – Los Angeles Times

One enduring concept has famously remained at the core of the Vin Diesel-led “Fast and Furious” blockbusters since 2001, through quarter-mile races, torrid bromances, international adventures and high-stakes heists: family.

So why has one family-centric plot twist in “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment of Universal’s juggernaut franchise, left some fans clutching their Coronas in anguish? (Mild “Fate of the Furious” spoilers follow.)

With Diesel’s Dom going dark in “Fate,” blackmailed into turning on his own family by cyber hacker Cipher (Charlize Theron), the good guys need help. Which means the return of some familiar faces, including Jason Statham as Deckard Shaw.

Statham’s British ex-operative spent all of “Furious 7” trying to decimate Dominic Toretto’s crew as that film’s primary villain, but is still recruited into the fold after a spirited prison brawl with Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs, a face turn that sets Statham up to return a hero in the next sequel and lend his star power to the “Fast and Furious” ensemble.

#JusticeForHan: Does ‘Fate of the Furious’ twist betray the ‘Fast and Furious’ family? – Los Angeles Times

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