Magazine article Foreign Affairs

The Fate of the Furious

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

The Fate of the Furious

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The Fate of the Furious DIRECTED BY F. GARY GRAY. Universal Pictures, 2017.

The 15-minute opening sequence of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment of the blockbuster Fast and Furious film franchise, paints an alluring portrait of Havana: the city's bright sunlight, colordrenched architecture, exuberant youth, and ethos of innovation and openhearted generosity. The hero of the series, Dom (played by Vin Diesel), best sums up the defining premise of the Havana segment when he explains what led him to choose to honeymoon in Cuba: "The same things that bring everyone to Cuba: culture, people, beauty." In the sequence's dramatic climax, Dom wins a hard-fought drag race against a tough local competitor, by a nose. The loser is gracious: "You won my car, and you earned my respect. …

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