Fast X is now on VOD and fans are calling out one of its most ridiculous moments. The film, which opened in theaters on May 19, is the eleventh entry in the overall Fast Saga (including the spinoff Hobbs & Shaw). It follows Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) and the rest of his Fast Family as they square off against the new villain Dante Reyes (Jason Momoa), the vengeful son of Fast Five villain Hernan Reyes.
Yesterday was the Fast X VOD premiere and fans who were unable to see it in theaters have been giving it a look. Already, one of its most over-the-top action scenes – where Dom’s son leaps between two speeding cars – has made its way online thanks to user Gustavo Fring. This has ignited a debate among fans on Twitter, some of whom are calling out the film for defying physics and logic while others embrace the fact that realism has gone out of the window, embracing a superhero film aesthetic. Check out the original post and select fan reactions below:
Is Fast X’s Divisive Action Why It’s Suffering in the U.S.?
It has been speculated that the Fast X box office is one reason it is streaming so soon after its theatrical premiere. While it sped past half a billion dollars worldwide in just three weeks, it’s suffering on the domestic front. With a huge $340 million production budget before factoring in publicity costs, it’s unlikely that its current gross has turned out much of a profit yet, if any.
This weekend will likely push it into the black, but its U.S. prospects have dwindled enough that it seems Universal is attempting to boost its gross with this early VOD release. However, the exact type of scene that fans have been calling out online in the wake of this premiere could be the reason it’s suffering stateside. As the franchise has gone on, it has gotten more and more expansive and over-the-top, which seems to have alienated viewers who were more in tune with the straightforward crime thriller feel of the original films.
This type of action will be received differently in different cultural contexts. For instance, physics-defying action is a staple of Bollywood cinema so markets in and around India will likely have no trouble getting on the wavelength of Fast X. However, American action tends to try and stay on the razor’s edge of believability more often, which may explain why the reaction has been so lukewarm thus far.
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