This post contains major spoilers for The Fate of the Furious.
As the next installment of #FastandFurious speeds into theaters this weekend, many are predicting it will dominate the box office with franchise-breaking records. The Fast family sure is a loyal bunch, so there is no doubt it will do well.
#Fast8 includes everything that a fan looks for: a new face, old faces, twists, turns, amazing cars, nostalgia, and outrageous stunts. You may ask yourself, how can they outdo themselves from the last movie? They flew cars out of planes and jumped a car through multiple skyscrapers in Abu Dhabi!
With The Fate of the Furious, the stakes are higher and the stunts are more insane than ever. Here are some the craziest moments:
1. Dom's Cuba Car Race
The movie begins in Havana as Dom (Vin Diesel) and Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) are on their honeymoon. With the lavish cars and classic Cuban style, Dom gets involved in a street race after Raldo (Celestino Cornielle) threatens Dom's cousin and talks back to Letty (something you never do, as Letty points out). Raldo claims he has the fastest car especially compared to the beat-up Chevy Fleetline that Dom has to use.
Dom and his cousin strip off anything the car doesn't need to make it lighter, while Letty finds a substitute for NOS. After the race begins, Raldo plays dirty — but in typical Dom style, he keeps up to the point where his car eventually ignites, causing a fiery mess. After being knocked around, Dom kicks the car in reverse and beats Raldo in a photo finish before jumping out just as the car hits a barrier and flies into the ocean.
2. It Came In Like A Wrecking Ball
After Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) recruits the crew for a mission in Berlin, they once again find themselves being chased, which doesn't even seem to phase them anymore. Tej (Ludacris) has a trick up his sleeve as he unleashes a wrecking ball that takes out not one but two groups of vehicles — oh, and also Roman's sideview mirror. The smiley face on the wrecking ball was a nice touch.
3. Invasion of Cipher's Zombie Cars
One of the most clever stunts in the movie comes from Cipher (Charlize Theron) while trying to steal the nuclear codes from the Russian Minister of Defense. To slow down the motorcade so Dom can get to the location, Cipher unleashes zombie cars by hacking into the driving capabilities of vehicles around New York City. They control the cars to jam up roads, take down cops and even fly out of parking garages.
If the threat of self-driving cars did not worry you before, it probably will after witnessing that nightmare.
4. Dom's Car Pull
Since the group is kept in the dark about Dom's reasons for joining Cipher's side, the tension spills out onto the streets of NYC as they try to derail his mission. After a confrontation, Letty, Hobbs, Tej, Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), Roman (Tyrese Gibson) and Shaw (Jason Statham) shoot grappling hooks into Dom's Plymouth GTX and pull in reverse in all directions.
To anyone else it would be game over, but Dom finds a way to destroy all of their cars. Yes, even Roman's Bentley and Letty's red Corvette!
5. Roman Makes Use of the Lambo Door
In normal Roman fashion, he makes the terrible decision to use a bright orange Lamborghini for a mission in snowy Russia. In a last-chance opportunity to stop Dom and Cipher from infiltrating a Russian base, another chase ensues on an ice-covered body of water. Not surprising as all, the Lambo spins out and has trouble with traction — and at one point starts to fall through the ice.
As Roman is completely submerged, Tej comes to the rescue by using a grappling hook to pull off Roman's door, which he clings to. The hilarious scene of Roman being pulled on a lambo door while being shot at concludes with him using the door to smack a guy off of a snowmobile. Roman's main concern is that his action will break him into the "top 10 most wanted" list since he is stuck at 11.
6. Hobbs Vs. Torpedo
Is there anything that Luke Hobbs can't do? The man is truly invincible, which is once again evident when Cipher uses the stolen submarine to fire off torpedos in Hobbs' direction. Hobbs jumps out of his vehicle and slides across the ice, using his inhuman muscles to steer the torpedo into the trucks chasing them. At this point in the franchise, it is better to not think about it too much and just enjoy.
7. Deckard Shaw's Rescue Mission
The biggest twist of the movie is obviously the revelation that Dom has a son with former flame, Elena (Elsa Pataky), who sadly gets killed from Dom's questionable loyalty. The whole plot centers around Dom switching sides to protect his son, who was taken by Cipher, so rescuing the child becomes the priority, even if that means teaming up with former foes.
Owen (Luke Evans) and Deckard Shaw hijack Cipher's plane midair, but the most insane part of the sequence is Deckard's takedown of Cipher's followers while protecting baby Toretto.
Jumping around and sliding the baby carrier through sections of the plane while taking down each member was ridiculously fun to watch. Giving the baby headphones and checking on him after each takedown even made the scene that much more memorable.
8. Racing Submarines Like It Is No Big Deal
Dom is finally back fighting alongside his crew, but their last ditch effort to stop the submarine before hitting open waters is failing. As the sub crashes through the ice, Letty and Ramsey barely escape its ice-crushing destruction. After Cipher learns of Dom's betrayal, she has a missile sent in their direction and Dom uses it as an opportunity for redemption. After telling the rest of the group to get away, Dom uses his car and jumps a mound of snow in the direction of the submarine — and with the precise timing, the missile hits and destroys the submarine, saving the day.
There you have it, another Fast & Furious movie full of mind-bending action sequences that will have you counting down the days until the next installment. The addition of baby Brian will certainly be a game-changer, but there has been no question that this franchise focuses of the importance of family. This movie definitely solidified what lengths they will go to protect their family, no matter how dangerous.
The Fate of the Furious hits theaters on April 14, 2017!