The Fate of the Furious reviews are out and critics seem to be divided. The eight installment of the mega-hit franchise had a special premiere in NYC on Saturday. For the first time, Vin Diesel is going without his bestie Paul Walker, after his shocking car accident. The film opens with Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty's (Michelle Rodriguez) delayed honeymoon in Cuba, where we can see our hero's superpowers to help others. At one point, Dom runs into a mysterious woman Cipher (Charlize Theron) who compels him to return back to the dark world. who persuades our hero to once again turn to the side of criminality.
Many international media franchise has already published the review of the eighth installment of the 16-year old action franchise. Here are some comments:
Forbes: "It's not fair to compare the two films, but xXx: Return of Xander Cage versus Fate of the Furious plays like a case of "for love" versus "for money." The action is big and well-staged, but it lacks the cleverness of Furious 7. There is a comparative lack of colorful villains this time, especially after an overdose of cool bad guys (Jason Statham, Gina Carano, etc.) from the last two pictures. Again, the whole thing has a certain lead weight feeling to it like nobody wants to be there this time."
Variety: "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. More than any previous entry, it draws elements from every conceivable level of the action-cinema hierarchy. It's a pedal-to-the-metal car-chase movie. The movie is also a playfully sadistic bare-knuckle rouser, with actors like Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham inflicting some serious bone damage."
The Hollywood Reporter: "In fact, it recycles plot-twisting devices from earlier chapters and keeps action firmly in the street-hoods-save-the-world neighborhood entered a couple of years ago. Fate delivers exactly what fans have come to expect, for better and for worse, and it would be a shock to see it disappoint producers at the box office."
Entertainment Weekly: "But the movies are nothing if not consistent in their themes of loyalty and brotherhood and blowing stuff upâand in retaining the core crew... The movie ends with more than one literal bang, but the series' fate is hardly sealed; it's merely to be continued: There are two more sequels due by 2021."
The Fate of the Furious hits theaters on April 14.