By Eliana Dockterman
April 14, 2017

Part of the charm of the Fast & Furious franchise has been its steadily increasing self-awareness. As it has strayed further and further from its roots, the series has come to understand—and manfully embrace—its stories’ inherent ridiculousness. Bigger cars, bigger stunts, yes. But also a bigger willingness to do what’s narratively necessary to make it all work (more or less). On this count the eighth installment, Fate of the Furious, does not disappoint. Here are all the logical contortions the film’s makers had to undertake:

 

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