Earlier today, Vin Diesel surprised fans at CinemaCon with a special early screening of The Fate of the Furious. A few film critics were in attendance, so the first reactions to the eighth installment in the Fast and the Furious franchise have started rolling in.
While the reviews are a bit mixed, one thing that is abundantly clear, this film does not skimp on spectacle. If all you’re looking for is a big dumb action movie (and I mean that in the best way, I love these movies as well), then The Fate of the Furious sounds like the film for you. Check out the reactions below:
The Fate of the Furious takes the ridiculousness of the franchise to a whole new level, yet feels very different. Should be a gigantic hit.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) March 29, 2017
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS is no joke. Doubles down on action, emotion, intensity, humor &, of course, family. The NYC stuff is off the chain. pic.twitter.com/K3aeviUYCf
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) March 29, 2017
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS features some great action set pieces but I think I may be too old for this franchise, which just isn’t the same now
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) March 29, 2017
The Fate of the Furious is another winning entry in the franchise. Crazy, fun, and yet very different feeling. I laughed, I cried, I cheered
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) March 29, 2017
— Rebecca Ford (@Beccamford) March 29, 2017
not sure I saw even one shot in Fate of the Furious with @TheRock & Vin Diesel together. Take that how you will.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 29, 2017
That last tweet is a bit interesting. All this time I’ve been not-so-secretly hoping that this so-called feud between Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel was all in the service of setting up a match at Wrestlemania to promote the film, which comes out the following week, but if they were really being kept separated on set, then maybe it’s not just a gimmick to sell more tickets. I’m still tuning into Wrestlemania this Sunday to find out for sure.
Now that Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game—and the rest of the crew has been exonerated—the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before.
The Fate of the Furious races into theaters on April 14. The film is directed by F. Gary Gray and stars Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludarcis, Nathalie Emmanuel, Kurt Russell, Scott Eastwood, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.