As usual, this year’s Super Bowl gave Hollywood a fantastic marketing opportunity to promote some of the biggest movies of the year, and while we saw some pretty great stuff on display, one could argue that nothing was quite as insane as the new footage from James Wan’s Furious 7. Multiple moments in the clip left our jaws hanging wide open, and looking forward to the chance to see what the sequences will be like in full on the big screen. In fact, let’s do a rewatch right now, shall we?
While there’s certainly a lot to celebrate in this footage, there are five moments in particular that truly stuck out and made it as exciting as it was. So let’s break it down, shall we?
House ExplosionThe Furious 7 Super Bowl trailer begins with a bit of sappiness about the value and importance of family, but once all that stuff gets out of the way and the action starts, things literally kick off with a bang. It seems that an early scene in the film finds Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) leaving a mysterious package on the porch of Dominic (Vin Diesel) and Mia (Jordana Brewster)’s house. What’s unfortunate is that this unlabeled package is actually what appears to be a rather huge bomb that proceeds to detonate and turn the home into a crater. It’s a pretty explosive (get it?) way to kick the whole thing off, but it’s ultimately just an appetizer for what’s to come.
Head-To-Head CrashThe Fast & Furious franchise is surely one that is filled with many scenes that can be described as "buckle your seatbelt moments," and this one most definitely adds to that legacy. What I’m assuming we’re seeing here is an epic game of chicken between Dominic and Deckard, only the trick is that neither one ends up swerving. Instead, they collide into each other so goddamn hard that it actually sends a sonic boom through the windows next to them and shatters all the glass. It’s pretty goddamn epic – and it’s pretty obvious that the drivers were strapped in pretty damn tight considering neither one came crashing through their windshield into the other. Probably a smart move.
Luke Hobbes With A Gatling GunEven when Dwayne Johnson is walking down the street dressed in jeans and a T-shirt there’s a good chance that he’s still seriously intimidating. After all, the dude is a 6’4" tank made of muscle, and if given the motive and opportunity could probably crush a normal person into a perfect cube. This in mind, seeing him strap on some body armor and go to town on a city block with a Gatling Gun enters into "Terrifyingly Awesome Mode." I honestly hope that this tiny clip is taken from what is the longest sequence in the movie and just features 30 minutes of Hobbes blowing away bad guys while a slowly-shrinking ammunition belt drags across the ground behind him.
Rousey vs. RodriguezJustin Lin’s Fast & Furious 6 delivered some serious girl on girl fight scenes when it pit Michelle Rodriguez’ Letty against Gina Carano’s Riley, but this time around director James Wan has provide the former with a new UFC pugilist to go up against. Seen above is Letty facing off against Ronda Rousey’s thus-far-unnamed character, and while we have no real understanding of exactly why it is that they are squaring off, that doesn’t make it any less awesome. Clearly both of them were taking part in a rather elegant affair before the punches started being thrown, and it will be interesting to see how the fashionable dresses might hinder two actresses who would otherwise be rather nimble, agile, and powerful fighters.
The Skyscraper JumpWhen Fast & Furious 6 debuted its Super Bowl trailer back in 2013, it left audiences astounded by featuring a scene with a car exploding out of the front of a plane. Furious 7 obviously needed to find a way to top that bit of epic-ness, and it honestly truly did. The beginning of the sequence is awesome, as it’s just cool to watch an awesome sports car driving around indoors, but things truly get nuts as it crashes out of a window and makes its way over to the tall building next door. Naturally, there’s a bit of explosions to go with it, as a rocket hits Dom’s car while its flying, but even that isn’t enough to top the scene’s conclusion, as the hero jets out of his car and narrowly escapes following it out the other wide of the building and down to the ground below.
Furious 7 will be in theaters on April 3rd.