The Fast and Furious franchise is back with another installment — but this one is missing a key element.
The eighth movie, The Fate of the Furious, is the first one since star Paul Walker‘s death, and friend and costar Vin Diesel admitted to Maria Menounos on her SiriusXM show that the loss is still hard to live with.
“There wasn’t a day, there wasn’t a scene, there wasn’t a second where I didn’t have Paul with me in the making of this movie,” Diesel says. “It’s not making the movie without Paul, it’s, »
- Ale Russian
The resurgence of Fast and the Furious from straight-to-dvd-destined three-wheeler to multiplex monolith has been one of the more unlikely cinematic successes of recent years. This was a franchise that, with 2006’s endlessly lampooned Tokyo Drift, looked less in need of a tune up than to be scavenged for parts and left up on bricks. Five instalments later and it’s as close to a bankable vehicle as it gets in Hollywood.
Of course, cynical sorts might suggest that the untimely death of Paul Walker midway through filming of Fast and Furious 7 gave the series a sympathetic second-look from audiences that might have otherwise abandoned it. That though would underplay the strangely appealing alchemy of the franchise in the past several instalments, »
- Gwilym Mumford
If you’ve ever wondered why you get nowhere working your biceps, triceps and even forearms at the gym, The Fate of the Furious should enlighten you: Between them, costars Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel have cornered what looks to be roughly 60 to 70 percent of the world’s arm musculature. If they ever flexed in sync, the isometric pulse might knock out the entire electrical grid.
Which isn’t necessarily out of the realm of possibility in the outlandish story for this, the eighth Fast & Furious film and the first without the late, beloved Paul Walker. What matters to fans, »
- Tom Gliatto
The eight-movie, 16-year history of the “Fast and the Furious” franchise is nothing less than the story of Hollywood filmmaking in the 21st century. As a scrappy, overachieving summer blockbuster has exploded into a series of bi-annual box office behemoths, the continuing adventures of Dominic Toretto have come to serve as an incredibly lucid chronicle of the transition from analog action to digital spectacle, and of how a hyper-localized star system gave way to our internationally focused age of branding. No other series in recent memory has taken so many sharp turns over the years, and no other series has been able to survive so many flat tires thanks to the sheer power of family.
With “The Fate of the Furious” ready to roll into theaters, we’ve decided to place the film in its proper context by ranking each installment of the saga from worst to best. Buckle up. »
- David Ehrlich
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The Fate of the Furious is the first film in the Fast and the Furious franchise without Paul Walker, and everyone is feeling it...especially Michelle Rodriguez. The actress chatted with E! News' Maria Menounos at the premiere of the series' latest sequel over the weekend and admitted the movie was difficult without Walker, who died in a car accident in 2013. However, she knew they had to do it. "Not easy," she described of the filming process without her late co-star. "I think that's a big reason why we went dark on this one and why it's not all fun and games…But at the end of the day, the big picture of it all is that this has become a global monster that's kind of letting »
The cast of the Fast and Furious is back in action in the latest installment, The Fate of the Furious. The eighth movie in the car-chasing franchise, the Fate of the Furious sees Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese and Ludacris now joined by Helen Mirren and Charlize Theron, who plays the film's villain. An obvious absence, however, is original cast member Paul Walker. Many, including the cast, worried about continuing on the franchise without him, but as a passion project in his honor, the cast succeeded. Here's what the critics are saying about this speedy sequel: Variety: "More than any previous entry, it draws elements from every conceivable level of the action-cinema hierarchy. It's a »
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The Fast and the Furious franchise has brought fast cars and massive explosions to the big screen for 16 years.
The hit film series kicked off by following the street-racing adventures of Los Angeles cop Brian O’Connor (the late Paul Walker), after he enters the car-racing scene and meets Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel). Each movie has seen its share of box-office success, becoming Universal’s biggest franchise of all time with a nearly $3.9 billion total haul from all seven films combined.
The eighth movie, The Fate of the Furious, is set to hit theaters April 14 — with »
- Kara Haar
The release of Fate of the Furious -- the latest installment in the high octane Fast & Furious franchise -- is a bittersweet moment for the film's cast, it being the first fully filmed since Paul Walker's death in 2013. As fans will remember, Walker died during filming of Furious 7, which was released last year and gave the actor an emotional farewell from the franchise.
While Walker may be gone, he's definitely not forgotten -- and he was certainly being remembered fondly by the cast of Fate when Et's Kevin Frazier caught up with them on the red carpet at the movie's premiere in New York on Saturday.
"I'm still reeling from the loss, the idea of of continuing along without my brother Pablo and what that felt like and the complexities of that," admits Vin Diesel, using his nickname for Walker. »
If early reviews are any indication, “The Fate of the Furious” will give its die-hard fans their fix of adrenaline-filled, insanely implausible blockbuster spectacle. With 11 reviews submitted, the eighth installment in Universal’s “Fast & Furious” franchise — and the first filmed entirely without Paul Walker since his death four years ago — currently has a 73 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just a little below the series-high of 79 percent posted by its 2015 predecessor, “Furious 7.” The film has received praise for its commitment to providing the most over-the-top action scenes moviegoers could possibly ask for, as well as »
- Jeremy Fuster
The family revs up for yet another ride as the eighth movie in the “Fast & Furious” franchise, “The Fate of the Furious,” hits theaters on Friday. And the reviews are officially in — what are the critics saying about “Fate of the Furious”?
The early critical response to the action-adventure is somewhat mixed. Variety‘s Owen Gleiberman praised the entry as a “dazzling action spectacle that proves this franchise is far from out of gas.” On the other side of the spectrum, Indiewire’s David Ehrlich called it the worst movie in the franchise, “an empty shell of its former self that disrespects its own proud heritage at every turn.”
Two new additions to the series, Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren, scored positive notices from critics. Gleiberman praised Theron as “an ace villain,” while Screen Daily’s David D’Arcy called out Mirren’s “delightful turn” as Deckard’s mom (it’s worth noting, »
- Alex Stedman
Despite competition from Sony’s animated “Smurfs: The Lost Village,” in this weekend’s continued box-office battle of the PGs, DreamWorks Animation’s “The Boss Baby” (20th Century Fox) again beat out live-action “Beauty and the Beast” (Disney). During the week “Beauty” actually outgrossed “Baby” by about $1 million, which means it’s playing beyond the kiddie crowd.
Though hardly stellar, Warners’ “Going in Style” remake with senior Oscar-winners Morgan Freeman, Alan Arkin and Michael Caine exceeded low expectations and could sustain a smaller than usual second weekend drop.
The third opener, Christian title “The Case for Christ” (Pure Flix), while based on a pre-sold bestseller and marketed in churches ahead of Holy Week, earned less than $4 million. Religious audiences, sparked by group sales, often come out on Friday night, but the 15 per cent Saturday drop suggests poor word of mouth. But it could get a boost over the Easter holiday weekend. »
- Tom Brueggemann
At the Fate of the Furious premiere on Saturday night, both Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson and Vin Diesel seemed keen to put their rumored beef behind them.
Et's Kevin Frazier caught up with the two stars separately on the red carpet, where Johnson said focusing on making a great movie for the fans helped him keep perspective. "Then I think all of the other stuff kind of just has a way of working itself out," he said.
Johnson explained why he never minced words about the reported feud, which made headlines when he shared an angry Instagram last August, slamming his male co-stars.
"Just like, in life, you have different philosophies and people have different fundamental philosophies on how you do things," he added. "And again, the most important thing is just the movie. So I'm happy that we're here in New York City »
Given that Furious 7 has been the best entry in Universal’s juggernaut franchise to date, The Fate of the Furious was always going to have a rough road ahead of it. Living up to James Wan’s film is no easy feat, and it seems that director F. Gary Gray hasn’t managed to reach quite the same heights as his predecessor did. We know this because the movie premiered last night in New York City and now, the first batch of reviews have raced online.
IndieWire‘s put together some of the more notable ones, which you can check out below. On the whole, though, they’re not terribly positive. The site’s own verdict was that The Fate of the Furious 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, »
- Josh Wilding
After earning its strongest reviews yet with 2015’s “Furious 7,” it appears the “Fast and Furious” franchise might be losing some critical momentum. IndieWire’s David Ehrlich calls “The Fate of the Furious” “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.”
Much more positive is Owen Gleiberman of 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. The fact that it’s the first film in the series to have been made after the death »
- Michael Nordine
Ryan Lambie Apr 10, 2017
When Carrie Fisher tragically passed away last year, we lost a true screen icon, a wonderful writer, and an extraordinarily talented raconteur. In the Star Wars universe itself, there was the question of General Leia, who'd played a major role in 2015's The Force Awakens. Not long after Fisher's passing, it was announced that the actress had already completed filming on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, out later this year; that still left the question of Episode IX, which is set to be directed by Colin Trevorrow.
Mercifully, Disney-Lucasfilm have already ruled out the possibility of creating some kind of CGI likeness of Leia, »
Fox and DreamWorks Animation's The Boss Baby topped the weekend box office for a second week in a row, once again leading Disney's Beauty and the Beast over the course of what felt like a placeholder weekend as far as new releases are concerned. While Sony's Smurfs: The Lost Village performed mostly as expected and New Line's Going in Style over performed based on expectations, it seems most moviegoers are merely waiting for the next weekend's release of The Fate of the Furious as it looks to become the second 2017 release to debut over $100 million. Otherwise, this weekend also featured a satisfactory opening for Pure Flix's The Case for Christ, which could see its estimates receive a bump today as a result of it being Palm Sunday, while last weekend's release of Ghost in the Shell dipped over 60% in its second weekend in release. At the top of the »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
If there were a hierarchy of action cinema, you’d find a masterpiece of speed-demon nihilism like “Mad Max: Fury Road” at the very top, and on the next level a superior Bond or Bourne film or “Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol.” At the bottom would be the visceral, live-wire kicks of B-movie brutality. Somewhere in the middle are the “Fast and the Furious” films, which started off as drag-race movies but morphed, over time, into an outlandishly extravagant genre all their own, one with just enough heart — and, yes, mind — to make the stunts and velocity seem like something larger: a pure expression of character. If this series, over the last 16 years, has taught us anything, it’s that just when you think it’s about to run out of gas, it gets outfitted with an even more elaborate fuel-injection system. And that’s never been more true than it »
- Owen Gleiberman
The first 10 minutes of “The Fate of the Furious” have everything that you could ever ask for in a “Fast and the Furious” movie, or any other movie for that matter. Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) swaggers through the streets of Havana, tasting the local flavor as a bass-heavy Cuban pop song bangs on the soundtrack. The sun is shining, the cars are classics, and the girls are wearing hot pink thongs that make their butts pop off the screen like they’ve been post-converted into 3D. It’s like someone threw a Pitbull video and forgot to invite him.
Then, as Dom comes across a weirdly well-organized group of local auto fetishists, he finds his younger cousin being antagonized by the baddest guy in town. But there’s an easy solution to this problem. You see, Dom lives by a code, and that code is simple: “All human conflict can »
- David Ehrlich
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Producer and star Vin Diesel introduced the film by telling the audience that every scene was shot with Walker in mind. He also added that Walker's mother and daughter were present for the screening.
"We like to say the last one is for Paul and this one is from Paul," Ludacris told reporters before the screening. "We wanted to make the best movie possible."
Walker, one of the Universal franchise's original actors, died in »
- Ashley Lee
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