We're gearing up for the imminent arrival of Fast & Furious 8, the latest instalment in the pedal-to-the-metal Vin Diesel action franchise that sees his character Dom Toretto turn his back on family and side with villain Cipher (Charlize Theron).
With a cast of regulars (Dwayne Johnson; Kurt Russell) and new faces (Theron; Helen Mirren) returning for more, plus a new director in the form of Straight Outta Compton's F. Gary Gray, expectations are high for this to exceed its blockbuster predecessors.
The movie recently screened at the Las Vegas CinemaCon, the annual industry event that previews footage of the biggest upcoming releases, so what did critics make of it?
SlashFilm's Peter Sciretta says the movie performs the impossible and actually exceeds the awesomely ridiculous set-pieces witnessed in the previous movies.
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
Gizmodo writer Germain Lussier says the movie offers a crowd-pleasing recipe of insanity and bonhomie – were we expecting anything less?
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
And Ain't It Cool news guru Eroc Vespe concurs.
I adored every ridiculous, silly, charming, absurd, fun second of The Fate of the Furious.— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) March 29, 2017
Less than enthused was blogger Jeff Sneider.
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
So, an interesting spread of responses there, and we'll be able to make our own minds up when the movie arrives on 14th April.
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