The Fast & Furious franchise is almost at the point of self-parody with its over-the-top action sequences and faux gravitas. And yet, for a lot of viewers there's still enough fun to be had in these films, as evidenced by Furious 7 pulling in more than a billion and a half dollars at the worldwide box office.
Of course, Fast 8 has the challenge of having to overcome the death of franchise star Paul Walker, and the retirement of his character, Brian O'Connor. But where story and character development may fail, there is one thing that the Fast & Furious filmmaking crew can deliver: Action. Action. And more action.
Being the walking epitome of action that he is, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson is boasting and teasing fans with some of the epic action to come in Fast 8. If that image above didn't grab your attention, check out the caption it came with.
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In another video blog entry, The Rock pulls in Fast 8 director F. Gary Gray (Straight Outta Compton, The Italian Job) to boast about a prison sequence that will feature The Rock stomping some inmate ass. 'Greatest prison sequence ever?' That is a big boast, my friends...
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From stunt heroics that defy the laws of both physics and vehicular engineering, to lines of dialogue so hokey you wonder if the actors themselves are going to break down and starting laughing onscreen, Fast & Furious has been steadily putting more mindlessness into its "mindless action." Luckily, the characters and tropes have all become so endearing to fans that all the cheese fits right into this greasy, overlong, meat-lovers sandwich of a franchise. I, for one, am psyched to see Johnson back with his G.I. Joe lawman, Hobbs. He's easily become a highlight of the franchise, no matter how much (or little) he's onscreen.
Fast 8 will be in theaters on April 14, 2017. Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Tyrese, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Lucas Black, Elsa Pataky, Nathalie Emmanuel, Jordana Brewster, Lucas Black, Eva Mendes and Kurt Russell are all making returns. Big names joining the franchise include Charlize Theron, Scott Eastwood, and Helen Mirren.0comments