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The first reactions to Fast 8 have arrived!

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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.

Gizmodo writer Germain Lussier says the movie offers a crowd-pleasing recipe of insanity and bonhomie – were we expecting anything less?

And Ain't It Cool news guru Eroc Vespe concurs.

Less than enthused was blogger Jeff Sneider.

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.

Click here to book your tickets for Fast & Furious 8 and let us know @Cineworld when you've bagged yours.