The Fast family had a surprise for CinemaCon on Wednesday.
During Universal's presentation at the Las Vegas convention, the audience of theater exhibitors and a few lucky journalists were treated to a full screening of the franchise's latest film, Fate of the Furious.
Star Vin Diesel was on hand to present the latest Fast feature, along with director F. Gary Gray and co-stars Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Kurt Russell and franchise newcomer Charlize Theron.
The night before, Disney screened the entirety of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, leading to generally favorable reactions. Fast 8, which hits theaters April 14, seems to be garnering the same levels of positive response.
See some early reactions below.
Fate of the Furious is everything you want it to be and a ton of fun. @TheRock is a straight up superhero in the film and I loved it. pic.twitter.com/uz9QgnhVZ3
- Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) March 29, 2017
tfw you realize learning you were going to see Fast 8 early was better than actually having seen it
- Bryan Bishop (@bcbishop) March 29, 2017
The best part of #Fast8 is mosdef Jason Statham interacting with a wee babe.
- Amy Kaufman (@AmyKinLA) March 29, 2017
THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS features some great action set pieces but I think I may be too old for this franchise, which just isn't the same now
- Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) March 29, 2017
#fateofthefurious is exactly what you buy your ticket for. A few fun "so bad they're good moments" and Statham has a movie-stealing scene
- Aaron Couch (@AaronCouch) March 29, 2017
The Fate of the Furious takes the ridiculousness of the franchise to a whole new level, yet feels very different. Should be a gigantic hit.
- Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) March 29, 2017
I adored every ridiculous, silly, charming, absurd, fun second of The Fate of the Furious.
- Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) March 29, 2017
Yessss #fateofthefurious is perfection. So much fun. #cinemacon
- Rebecca Ford (@Beccamford) March 29, 2017