We've already seen 2 Fast, 2 Furious. Is there such a thing, though, as too much Fast & Furious? Audiences may have the opportunity to decide for themselves how much Fast is too much Fast in one viewing when The Fate of the Furious hits theaters in April, as indications suggest the final runtime of the sequel could reach 160 minutes.
We have reached out to Universal Studios for confirmation on the final cut of F. Gary Gray's The Fate of the Furious, but the runtime on the IMDB page for the next Fast is 160 minutes, or two hours and 40 minutes of Furious action. This would be ludicrous (pun intended), by Fast and Furious standards. The longest installment of the series currently is the most recent, Furious 7, which clocked in at 137 minutes. Though it is fairly interesting to note that the Furious movies have gotten longer with each respective installment, and took a leap from the fourth Fast (107 minutes) to Fast Five (130 minutes).
What happened with Fast Five? Well, you could argue that the movies started taking their current approach of being a hyper-stylized soap opera on four wheels more seriously. With Fast Five, the series added The Rock, and started surrounding Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his "family" with increasing players -- both bad and good. The storylines actually dug deeper into the conflicts outside (and inside) this tight-knit group, so beefing up the runtimes made sense.
But two hours and 40 minutes? Oscar bait doesn't run that long!
In The Fate of the Furious, Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) allegedly turns heel, going rogue on his family and teaming up with the villainous Cypher (new addition Charlize Theron) for an undetermined mission. Hobbs (The Rock), Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and the rest of Dom's crew seem as surprised as we were by this turn of events. How will it play out?
F. Gary Gray's sequel covers a lot of ground... literally. We know that scenes for the movie filmed in Cuba, New York (and Cleveland, standing in for New York), and Iceland. We know that Hobbs is going to prison -- and breaking out of prison. The movie will need a lot of time to allow these character developments to unfurl.
But is 160 minutes too much? We'll know for sure when The Fate of the Furious opens in theaters on April 14.