4DX combines motion, fog, rain, lighting, scent, wind, and other elements to basically make you feel like you’re living a movie along with the characters. The technology has been around since 2009, but it’s getting bigger and spreading to more theaters across the US. For now, you can catch a 4DX screening at select Regal Cinemas in New York City, Los Angeles, Orlando, or Seattle.
I watched “The Fate of the Furious” in 4DX to tell the world what it’s like.
And it’s overwhelming at first. Imagine Star Tours at Disney World, but for two and a half hours. And with Vin Diesel, The Rock, Jason Statham, and the “Fast and Furious” “family.”
When the seats first started moving and vibrating, I was rolling my eyes. And also thinking about which bag I wanted to throw up in. But after about a half-hour into “The Fate of the Furious,“ the movements felt right, and not sudden or abnormal.
I wanted to go into this experience blind. My expectations were exceeded. I thought teverything would be more subtle. Like the movie itself, 4DX is anything but subtle. It is exactly like a thrill ride. So if those make you vomit, maybe stick to a relaxed, regular movie.
Because “The Fate of the Furious” relies so much on action that the 4DX seats can easily emulate, it was the perfect movie for it. A movie like “La La Land”? Not so much.
Here’s what it was like to see “The Fate of the Furious” in 4DX:
Before you enter the theater, there’s a (long) warning.
I’m probably the only person who has ever read the whole thing. I thought it was a bit dramatic, but I would soon be proved wrong.
One perk to the “you must be this high to ride” rule? No small kids talking during your movie.
If there were scents during this movie, I definitely didn’t notice them.