If case you’ve yet to hear about the Fast & Furious paradox, here it is, “Every single time you think the makers have crossed a line with the absurd stunts, they prove you wrong yet again.”
Case in point is the latest plug released during the Super Bowl LVI. It had never-seen-before action footage that defied physics crammed into just 30-seconds than most movies have in their entire run.
Apart from the Toyota GT86 being pulled through a shop by a magnet purely because the writers are obviously running out of insane ideas, you’ll also see something we never though we’ll ever see or have to write out in our lifetime; Dame Helen Mirren doing a J-turn in a Noble M600.
The fact that Han is back isn’t new but everyone’s waiting to see how they reincarnate him from the dead. Rest assured; it’ll be a contender for Best Screenplay at the Oscars.
You’ll notice more John Cena, about 15 gears behind shifted and an equal number of throttles being floored, Charlize Theron as Cipher in a stealth plane, a rocket-powered Pontiac Fiero and the usual array of police cars being flipped.
In a tribute to the Endor Forest scene from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, Michelle Rodriguez’s Letty will be recreating that shot on a motorcycle.
However, the opening scene is one that will certainly be up there as a tear-jerker with the scene of the late Paul Walker’s character driving off in a white Toyota Supra from Vin Diesel’s car at the end of the last movie.
Let the tears flow as you see the house number 1327 from the first movie being rebuilt after it was blown up in the last movie. The unofficial headquarters of the familia, there’s a Bayside Blue Nissan Skyline R34 GTR pulling up in the driveway; one of Paul’s favourite cars that he drove in the franchise.
But we digress, back to the GT86 hurling through a shop. Director Justin Lin tweeted that while CGI was used to touch up the scene, it was all practical effects. The stunt team used a rig on rails to pick up the car and pull it through the shop before smashing it into the back of a lorry.
That four-second scene took eight months of preparation, four days to shoot and 100 people. Three cars were sacrificed in the making of that scene.
Although delays are inevitable during this pandemic, F9 is slated for a May 2021 release.
Lastly, ridicule the movie all you want but seeing that there will only be two more Fast & Furious movies to follow before the franchise ends, you know you’ll miss it once it’s gone.