Furious 7‘s “car sky-diving” sequence has been a fixture of every preview released thus far for the upcoming Fast and the Furious installment. Which is to say, it’s fitting that the latest (last?) preview for the movie ought to include an extended look at that daredevil action scene – as Dom (Vin Diesel) and his team/family drops their vehicles out the back of a flying cargo plane, for reasons that have yet to be explained in full.
James Wan took over directing from Justin Lin – helmsman on the previous four Furious movies – with the seventh Fast and the Furious adventure; and based on the trailer footage, Wan appears to have done a good job handling the transition. The director has even managed to put his own personal visual touch on the proceedings at times; for example, there’s a back-tracking shot in the latest footage that very much recalls similar techniques that Wan used on The Conjuring.
Comparisons between The Conjuring and Furious 7 are, surprisingly, somewhat fitting in terms of their aesthetics; the former was very much both a thematic and stylistic throwback to 1970s horror cinema, while the latter has been described by Wan as his attempt to create a Fast and the Furious movie by way of a ’70s revenger thriller homage. The film’s script was penned by franchise scribe Chris Morgan, who is once again looking to infuse this franchise with different genre elements (here, the ones Wan has discussed), in order to keep the series evolving and fresh.
That also includes adding new blood to the mix onscreen, which in Furious 7 includes Jason Statham as the brother of Furious 6 villain Owen Shaw (Luke Evans), whose mission to avenge his brother’s death drives the plot for this new chapter. The new extended preview for the movie also features a brief look at fellow new cast additions Djimon Hounsou (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones), while Kurt Russell has been glimpsed in the previous Furious 7 trailers – though, word is his character will remain somewhat in the shadows, before emerging as a more important player in the already-planned Furious 8.
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Sadly, part-way through production Furious 7 was forced to become a farewell to the Brian O’Connor character, following actor Paul Walker’s death in real-life. Thus far, the film’s crew and Walker’s brothers – who stepped in to help after his passing – appear to have done a commendable job filling in the cracks left behind, as Walker had not yet shot footage for much of the movie’s action sequences before he died. All the same, there will no doubt be moments in the film where (if you look closely) you’ll be able to tell: that’s not Paul handling those stunts.
Still, the rest of the Furious 7 team – include staple cast members Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Jordan Brewster, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, and now Dwayne Johnson – are looking to do their part and deliver not just another fun movie, but a nice send-off to Walker too. We’ll get to see the final result for ourselves in just over a month.
Furious 7 opens in U.S. theaters on April 3rd, 2015.
Source: Universal Pictures