Following the news that the trailer for The Fate of the Furious has broken records to become the most viewed film trailer over a 24 hour period, pushing Beauty and the Beast into the shadows, the hype surrounding the film seems to be bigger than ever.
The trailer was watched 139 million times within the first day of release, including the 'Times Square takeover' in which the stars of the movie appeared as the trailer was displayed across 33 billboards at the same time.
With this level of build up, it seems inevitable that the excitement surrounding the film will continue to grow. However with around four months to go until the big day, we all need something to keep the excitement going. So here at Cineworld, we’ve put together a list of the eight most outlandish stunts from the franchise so far, allowing you to relive your favourite moments. Warning: Spoilers ahead!
1. Brian races Dominic
From: The Fast and the Furious (2001)
The scene: Whilst the earlier stunts within the franchise are arguably less intense than later releases, this is a scene that will stick in the minds of most true fans. As Dominic (Vin Diesel) challenges Brian (Paul Walker) to one final drag race, neither could have anticipated the obstacles that would get in their way. The train leaves viewers on the edge of their seats for most of the sequence, before a truck seemingly comes from nowhere, bringing the scene to a crashing halt.
2. Car meets boat
From: 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003)
The scene: In a bid to save their fellow agent Monica (Eva Mendes), Brian and Roman (Tyrese Gibson) send their car crashing onto a speeding yacht. The intensity of the conversation between the two man as Roman becomes aware of Brian’s plan adds further drama to the scene, before the car comes crashing down onto the boat. Definitely a scene to remember, but we don’t recommend trying this at home.
3. Fast rescue
From: Fast and Furious (2009)
The scene: Following a high-speed robbery, Dominic must save Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) from the back of an oil tanker seconds from explosion. As the truck comes barreling towards them, the cool and collected Dominic accelerates at just the right moment, allowing their car to glide effortlessly under the vehicle. Extremely unlikely to work in the real world, but it does make for a cool stunt.
4. Safe heist
From: Fast 5 (2011)
The scene: One of the most widely recognised and discussed stunts within the franchise, this sequence sees Brian and Dom stealing a bank vault, and subsequently dragging it through the streets of Rio de Janeiro. As the vault crashes through multiple buildings and is used as a weapon to destroy the multiple police cars on their tail, this becomes one of the most impactful scenes to date. Even if it is unrealistic. Just a tad.
5. Tank chase
From: Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
The scene: As villain Owen Shaw's (Luke Evans) team attacks a military convoy and takes control over one of the tanks in the process, Dom’s crew jumps in to try and stop him. The resulting destruction of the trucks is truly jaw-dropping, and arguably one of the most insane stunts attempted in the franchise so far.
6. The end of Owen Shaw
From: Fast & Furious 6 (2013)
The scene: Originally released as a trailer during the 2013 Super Bowl, this sequence depicts the crew chasing a plane in an attempt to stop it from taking off. Just as the burning plane comes crashing to the ground, Dom and his car come crashing through the nose of the plane, escaping but also causing further damage in the process. We’re not entirely sure how he would manage to survive this stunt, let alone in the state he is left in, but we sure are glad that he makes it out alive.
7. Car skydiving
From: Furious 7 (2015)
The scene: Who wouldn’t want to send their car skydiving from a tremendous height? We’d imagine the answer is most people, and yet this is exactly what takes place in the seventh movie, and with all the cars landing in one piece. This has to be seen as one of the most outlandish stunts within the franchise, yet research has shown that it is actually scientifically possible (unlike most existing stunts). We’re still not convinced though – we much prefer our cars safely on the ground.
8. Building to building
From: Furious 7 (2015)
The scene: Cars most certainly do not fly but if the aforementioned skydiving sequence has taught us anything, it’s that anything is possible within the Fast and Furious universe. And a car crashing through multiple skyscrapers is definitely proof of this statement.
It’s absolutely one of the coolest and most insane sequences throughout the entire franchise and we hate to ruin its impact... but seriously, how did they survive that? Dom seems to have suffered minimal impact from crashing through two buildings in mid-air. Admittedly, it’s amazing and we’d love to see more stunts like this with a seemingly invincible Dom in future releases, but how??
Do you have a favourite Fast and Furious stunt? Tweet us @Cineworld with your insane selections and be sure to check out The Fate of The Furious when it hits our screens on 14th April 2017.
Hannah Dixon is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.