*Warning: Spoilers ahead.*
Dear readers, what is happening in Fate of the Furious? How did a movie that once followed street racers as they outsmarted the LAPD become one of the most logic-defying films of all time? The convoluted plot devices in Fate of the Furious range from the plausible (grappling hooks embedded inside fancy cars) to the truly farfetched (Charlize Theron’s magic plane), and the film’s producers simply expect the audience to watch the film and not ask any questions. It’s possible the filmmakers didn’t care about all of the Fate of the Furious plot holes because they didn’t expect anyone to leave the theater without a fully-melted brain.
No one really cares about the Fast and the Furious plots, do they? At no point has anyone who truly loved these movies ever batted an eye at Vin Diesel pulling a bank vault out of a wall with a mid-2000's Chevy, or cared about whether Dwayne Johnson can actually take a bunch of rubber bullets to the chest and be totally fine. But the plot holes on this list are far too big to ignore.
So Cipher Lives On A Plane That Never Lands?
In the film, Theron's character, Cipher, lives on a 747 with two giant satellite dishes that constantly circles the globe, undetected by any and all government agencies. She seems to get off and on the plane at will, but there's no footage of the plane docked at an airstrip, and there's no scene where she takes a small plane out of the big plane to get to her earthly destinations. Although, at one point the plane does touch the ground for about 10 seconds so Diesel can drive into it. Other than that, it's in the air the entire time. Who is refueling this plane mid-flight? And when does it get the constant upkeep that a plane needs to stay in the air? How do they get food on there? The fans of the Furious need answers.
Speaking of which - how did they get Dom's baby and ex-girlfriend on board? At one point Jason Statham's character Ian and Luke Evans's character Owen get onto the plane by using jet packs, and Dom drives onto the plane via the cargo hatch, so either Cipher brought the baby on board in a tiny jet pack, or the plane touched the ground long enough for goons to pop on board with a full-grown woman and baby in tow. Or, and this might actually be how it happened, Cipher brought Dom's baby mama Elena on board the plane while she was pregnant and then she gave birth to the baby. Woof, what a mess.
How Do You Fashion A Harpoon Gun To A Car?
When Johnson's character Hobbs and the team track Diesel's character Dom to New York City to stop him from stealing a nuclear football, they do so by harpooning his car from multiple angles. That's a fine plan, but how did they have time to perfectly attach their devices to the vehicles while still keeping them anesthetically pleasing? And why hide the harpoon guns? Were they trying to blend in while driving a giant bulletproof Hummer, a maroon and white Bentley, a red '70s era Porsche, and whatever Chris "Ludacris" Bridges was driving? That's not really driving casual, so they might as well have bolted the harpoon guns to the hood of the cars. Unless, of course, the harpoon guns were already in the cars, and if so, that says more about the car manufacturers than anything else.
When Did Ian Rescue His Brother?
For the duration of the movie, it's never explained how exactly Ian (played by Jason Statham) broke his brother Owen (played by Luke Evans) out of jail. Couldn't someone - anyone, really - have thrown in a scene for the audience to let everyone know how Ian broke his brother out of prison? Maybe even just the location of said mystery-prison? All the audience knows is that Helen Mirren's character Magdalene - the mother of Ian and Owen - is going to help Owen pull off a caper. And then suddenly Ian and Owen are on a plane. Then Owen disappears forever. As with everything in the film, this is just bad storytelling. They didn't need to add an extra 20 minutes to the movie or anything, but it would have made the film slightly more cohesive to have Owen at least mention the very exciting rescue that probably happened.
Can You Actually Make A Car Drive Faster With A Coca Cola Can?
At the beginning of the film, Dom has to race some guy for his family honor and cherry Impala. But rather than race a quarter mile they're going to race a "Cuban mile" (which is presumably a normal mile but in Cuba.) To do so, Dom has to rig a Coca Cola tab to his engine so it can go faster. Is that for real? Obviously it's not a permanent fix because Dom ends up blowing up the engine and using the blast to propel him over the finish line as he drives in reverse, but it's still worth figuring out if that's a thing you can even do in case you want to win any upcoming soapbox derbies.