Some movies are so massive that the competition doesn't even bother coming to play. We have one of those situations going on this weekend, but the big blockbuster coming to the plate is indeed a guaranteed home run at the box office. Get ready for The Fate of the Furious. It's gonna be a Rotten Week!

Just remember, I'm not reviewing these movies, but rather predicting where they'll end up on the Tomatometer. Let's take a look at This Rotten Week has to offer.

Vin Diesel Dom drives his car in Fate of the Furious
Rotten Watch Prediction
67%

The Fast & Furious franchise represents what I believe to be a perfect example of how critics shift expectations to a series. There aren't many fundamental differences between the first four chapters and the most recent four, except that the stunts get a little bigger and bolder. That being said, the first four blockbusters averaged a 39% on the Tomatometer, while the last three have averaged a 75%. What changed? The addition of Dwayne Johnson is one thing, but there's also the factor of how critics view the franchise. By the time Fast Five (77%) came out, no one was taking the adventures seriously and decided to go along for the ride. It continued with Fast & Furious 6 (69%) and Furious 7 (79%), and now we have chapter eight, The Fate of the Furious.

The new film brings together the monster ensemble that's been building over the years, new faces in Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren, a solid director in F. Gary Gray (Straight out of Compton - 87%, The Italian Job - 73%) and some awesome looking action. I'm always encouraged when critics and fans alike can take a movie at face value and embrace the positives while also remembering, hell we are just watching a movie. The Fate of the Furious should be fun, and while I don't think it will get the same reaction as the last three films, it will still get an overall positive response.

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