Early Word on 'The Fate of the Furious' Is Absolutely Fabulous ... Or Not

Early Word on 'The Fate of the Furious' Is Absolutely Fabulous ... Or Not

Apr 10, 2017

The Fate of the Furious

Overcoming the tragic loss of costar Paul Walker midway through production, Furious 7 exceeded expectations, proving to be a popular smash worldwide. Even adjusting for ticket price inflation, it earned more money than any of the previous six installments.

Critics have not always been on-board with the series; the first four installments scored progressively lower in their eyes. But things turned around with the madcap Fast Five and both Fast & Furious 6 and Furious 7 soared upwards.

What about The Fate of the Furious? Chris Morgan, who has written all the movies since the third installment, has returned, this time fashioning a story that follows a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) who seduces Dom (Vin Diesel) into a world of terrorism, betraying those who are closest to him. Since the series has always revolved around Dom and his extended family, the emotional stakes have clearly been raised sky high.


Ahead of its wide theatrical release, the movie has screened for select film critics and the initial reaction has generally been positive, though there are more naysayers than might have been expected. Here's a sample of the positive notices.

" More than any previous entry, it draws elements from every conceivable level of the action-cinema hierarchy. … Most franchises, after eight films, are feeling a twinge of exhaustion, but this one has achieved a level of success -- and perpetual kinetic creative energy -- that’s a testament to its commercial/cultural/demographic resonance." -- Owen Gleiberman, Variety


On the not so positive side:

"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. … By the time we arrive at the film’s festive final moments, the underlying problem is painfully clear: It’s not just that this franchise has lost any sense of itself, it’s that The Fate of the Furious doesn’t find anything to replace it with."-- David Ehrlich, Indiewire

"For much of its running time, The Fate of the Furious goes against what has made the franchise so enjoyable of late. … The whole thing has a certain lead weight feeling to it, like nobody wants to be there this time." -- Scott Mendelson, Forbes

Moviegoers, of course, will make up their own minds and we look forward to your comments. The Fate of the Furious opens in theaters on Friday, April 7.

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