Fast cars. Flying fists. And football. For action-movie junkies, the cinematic equivalent of Super Bowl touchdown is another lengthy look at The Fate of the Furious, the upcoming sequel in the long-running muscle car series. And no matter how many times we see it, we're still not used to this heel turn performed by Vin Diesel, who appears to be turning his back on his beloved "family," much to the chagrin of Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese, Ludacris and the man himself, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Check out the Super Bowl spot for The Fate of the Furious right now:
The eighth chapter in the ongoing Fast and the Furious franchise, The Fate of the Furious will be the first directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, Straight Outta Compton). He's inheriting an unusual twist from the series, with founding father Dom Toretto (Vin Diesel) turning against his teammates, reportedly because he's being influenced by new villain Cipher (Charlize Theron).
The full Fate of the Furious clip expands on numerous stunt sequences that we have seen before, while also pressing all of the buttons that newcomers might not yet realize. Dom is bad, yes, but also Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) has to team up with Jason Statham's vicious killer, Deckard Shaw, to take Dom and Cipher. The rest of the team is along for the ride, but we still only get a glimpse of Rock in prison, and his much-balleyhooed prison break, which Rocky was raving about during production.
You know, when he wasn't calling his co-stars candy asses.
The sequence that is beefed up, more than any others, is the Iceland shoot, where Hobbs and his team, still going against Dom, appear to take on a submarine. Because he hates having to take on new risks, Roman Pearce (Tyrese) panics as the submarine closes on him. Then, his car ends up underwater... which should be an issue. Except, he has The Rock on his team, and the clip ends with a death-defying rescue that can only happen in the Fast & Furious universe.
The Fate of the Furious will continue the high-octane adventures of this franchise that, truthfully, we never thought would make it this far. From everything that we thought with Furious 7, this is the middle of a new trilogy... or maybe the first part of a new trilogy. You never can tell with these guys, though 10 Fast & Furious movies has a nice ring to it.
The Fate of the Furious opens in theaters on April 14.