For a movie franchise that began as Point Break with cars, Fast & Furious has come a long way. Whether it was drifting through Tokyo, robbing banks, jumping out of planes or through buildings, the franchise has become more of an event with each passing installment in the action-heavy franchise.
Throughout the series' evolution, it has managed to maintain a core theme of family. As with any franchise that lasts this long, at a certain point audiences begin to question when it will fall off and whether or not it can successfully incorporate new elements into he familiar formula. For The Fate of the Furious, director F. Gary Gray has turned Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) against his family, has a former villain join the team Hobbs (Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson) will lead, and brings in a brand new villain who can control hundreds of cars at the flip of a switch.
All of these elements make Fate of the Furious one of the more intriguing offerings of the 2017 blockbuster movie season. The film is just over two weeks away from hitting theaters, and during Universal's presentation at CinemaCon, they surprised those in attendance by screening the eighth film in its entirety. Luckily for those not in attendance, brief, non-spoiler reactions have been allowed and have deemed Fate of the Furious as another fun, albeit ridiculous, ride.
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 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
I adored every ridiculous, silly, charming, absurd, fun second of The Fate of the Furious.
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) March 29, 2017
— Rebecca Ford (@Beccamford) March 29, 2017
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) 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
With a franchise as over the top as Fast & Furious it should come as no surprise that the big takeaway from this film is that the action once again delivers. The trailers have already shown a number of impressive set pieces, including hundreds of cars chasing the team and one that includes a gigantic submarine in the arctic. But the best might be Dwayne Johnson grabbing and guiding a torpedo. This is precisely the sort of ridiculous action pieces that only this franchise can get away with.
It is also great to see most CinemaCon attendees enjoyed the film's actual story as well. Dom turning against his team/family was a completely different take on the character, which may have led to some trepidation from diehard fans. Whatever twists and turns Gray has brought to the film seem to pay off, though. These reactions should only help give the film positive buzz over the next two weeks before it hits theaters, and if general audiences and critics share similar sentiments, Fate of the Furious could be another gigantic hit for the franchise -- which is good for Universal considering they have two more films in mind.
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- The Fate of the Furious (2017) release date: Apr 14, 2017