You would have thought The Fast and Furious franchise would have run out of ideas for creative ways to destroy cars by now.
It must be hard planning a Fast and Furious film. With each sequel, there’s an expectation that the high-octane stunts will surpass the last film. Judging from what we’ve seen so far, The Fate of the Furious will surpass the automotive action of its predecessors, and then some. We didn’t think these movies could possibly find new creative ways to destroy cars, but we were proven wrong within seconds during the first action-packed trailer when a wrecking ball smashed into several cars, sending them flying into the air like bowling pins.
The standout stunt is part of a night time chase sequence filmed in Berlin, where Dom and his team steal an EMP and get chased by a fleet of vehicles. A behind the scenes video shows how the destructive stunt was achieved. Unlike some of the more far-fetched stunts in the franchise, it was all done for real.
Director F. Gary Gray and the stunt coordinators constructed the enormous wrecking ball out of steel for the movie. Weighing 32,000 pounds, it then ploughed into the moving cars at 40 mph. Suffice to say, it did some serious damage – there wasn’t much left of the cars after the stunt, which were wrecked beyond recognition.
The Fate of the Furious screeches into cinemas on April 14, so we'll soon find out if it ups the action ante to absurd new levels. We’ll probably be looking back at this scene as a visual metaphor for when The Fate of the Furious inevitably smashes box office records.