Following the release of the first trailer for Fate of the Furious at the end of last year, a recently updated IMDB entry has revealed the runtime for Fast and the Furious 8 will be close to three hours.
The 160 minute runtime will make this latest installment in the franchise the longest by a distance. For reference, Batman v Superman clocked in at 151 minutes while Fast and the Furious 7 hit 137 minutes. This leaves us wondering what kind of plot could possibly require such a lengthy runtime. Well, the official synopsis for Fast and the Furious 8 has been released and it doesn’t really give the feeling of a broad sweeping epic:
“Now that Dom and Letty are on their honeymoon and Brian and Mia have retired from the game and the rest of the crew has been exonerated the globetrotting team has found a semblance of a normal life. But when a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) seduces Dom into the world of crime he can’t seem to escape [from] and a betrayal of those closest to him, they will face trials that will test them as never before. From the shores of Cuba and the streets of New York City to the icy plains off the arctic Barents Sea, our elite force will crisscross the globe to stop an anarchist from unleashing chaos on the world’s stage…and to bring home the man who made them a family.”
Reports have indicated that producers are expecting the movie to be a spectacle like no other in the franchise with more action than ever before.
With a franchise now worth $3.89 billion, it would appear that Universal could do no wrong. However, with this bladder-strainingly long eighth installment set to be released in less than 2 months, the studio may have bitten off more than the average Joe can chew.