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First reactions from 'The Fate of the Furious' screening

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/29/2017 By LINDSEY BAHR, AP Film Writer
Left to right, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Chris Bridges, Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel, cast members in the upcoming film "The Fate of the Furious," discuss the film onstage during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Left to right, Charlize Theron, Kurt Russell, Chris Bridges, Tyrese Gibson and Vin Diesel, cast members in the upcoming film "The Fate of the Furious," discuss the film onstage during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — "The Fate of the Furious" is in, and it's good according to first reactions to the upcoming film.

Vin Diesel, a cast member in "The Fate of the Furious," discusses the film during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) © The Associated Press Vin Diesel, a cast member in "The Fate of the Furious," discusses the film during the Universal Pictures presentation at CinemaCon 2017 at Caesars Palace on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Universal Pictures surprised CinemaCon audiences on Wednesday with an unannounced screening of the eighth film in the franchise and praise spread quickly on Twitter.

The Hollywood Reporter's Rebecca Ford said it was perfection, while the trade publication's Aaron Couch said it is "exactly what you buy your ticket for," calling out Jason Statham's film-stealing sequences.

Couch also noted that there are a few "so bad they're good moments" that the improbable franchise has become known for, including a particularly over-the-top sequence with a submarine.

IMDB's Keith Simanton said director F. Gary Gray, a newcomer to the franchise fresh off of "Straight Outta Compton," is "up to the task."

Slashfilm's Peter Sciretta wrote that it "takes the ridiculousness to a whole new level, but feels very different."

And Steven Weintraub of Collider.com singled out Dwayne Johnson in particular who he called a "straight up superhero." Johnson, among other things, deadlifts concrete and coaches a girls soccer team.

"The Fate of the Furious" reunites the Los Angeles street racers, including Michelle Rodriquez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, and Nathalie Emmanuel, taking them to the streets of Cuba, New York, Berlin and to the frozen Russian landscape. Charlize Theron joins as a dreadlocked baddie with nuclear ambitions and Scott Eastwood teams up with Kurt Russell as an agent in training.

Official reviews are embargoed until April 10 before it races into theaters on April 14.

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