‘The Fate of the Furious’: What the Early Reviews Are Saying

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A number of reviews have gone up ahead of the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in Universal’s hugely successful franchise.

It’s rare for a cinematic franchise to continue on for eight films, and it’s all too rare for a franchise to performance so strongly after so many films. The seventh film in the series, Furious 7, was expected to bring in solid numbers, but there weren’t many that predicted it would top $US1.5 billion worldwide and lock itself in as the sixth-highest grossing film of all time (thus far).

Expectations are understandably high for the next chapter, which brings back many key players including Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson and introduces a new villain in the form of Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron. The trailers have shown off what appears to be an action-packed continuation, with crazy stunts and a plot that finds Dom turning his back on family. So, what’s the early word?

Fast & Furious fans will be happy to know that things are looking mostly positive, although there were a few critics that didn’t enjoy the ride. We’ve perused the net and read through a number of early Fate of the Furious reviews. Without further ado…

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The Positive

IGN:

The Fate of the Furious provides plenty of the high-octane escapism and ridiculously elaborate vehicular mayhem fans of the series expect, while also laying the groundwork for a new phase in the franchise.

Variety:

… May just be the most spectacular one yet. […] The Fate of the Furious is nothing more than pulp done smart, but scene for scene it’s elegant rather than bombastic, and it packs a heady escapist wallop. […] Box office should be over-the-top.

The Playlist:

But like Johnson (who gets most of the film’s best lines along with Gibson and delivers each one with charm), “The Fate Of The Furious” is almost impossible not to like. It achieves exactly what it sets out to do, successfully lighting up the brain’s pleasure centers at each opportunity with a variety of tools in its arsenal.

Movieweb:

It gives you faster, bigger, harder and, well, more… just MORE. But you can’t help but love it. It is a damn entertaining movie and worth the price of admission (and refreshments) to see on the BIG screen. The Fate of the Furious is an over-the-top adrenaline-infused thrill ride.

Screen Daily:

… Reliable, containing plenty of deafening car pile-ups to keep the core audience satisfied while also stirring witty new flourishes into the old recipe. […] The spectacle gives you enough action from enough famous names to sustain the momentum of its legacy.

Nerd Reactor:

Overall, The Fate of the Furious may be one of the best Fast films yet, if not THE best. The film has enough emotion, heart, humor, twists, and thrills that you’ll be catching your breath when the credits start rolling.

The Negative

IndieWire:

“F8” is the worst of these films since “2 Fast 2 Furious,” and it may be even worse than that. It’s the “Die Another Day” of its franchise — an empty, generic shell of its former self that disrespects its own proud heritage at every turn.

Forbes:

Fate of the Furious goes against what has made the franchise so enjoyable of late. […] The picture cannot escape its arbitrary nature, existing as the first episode since the third with no real reason to exist.

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