You remember those old Mazda commercials with the tagline of "zoom zoom"? Well, the Fast Saga takes that motto quite literally with a new sneak peek at F9 that features all-out vehicular destruction for a minute-and-a-half straight. Dubbed "Total Car-nage" (ha, nice!), the video contains almost no dialogue, favoring to show off all of the insane practical effects the production was able to pull off for the third-to-last chapter in the Fast & Furious series. These things were done for real and if a particular set piece was too dangerous, they simply stuck a camera inside the doomed vehicle with a crash test dummy.
It's a great reminder that epic summer blockbusters are finally on the up-and-up after more than a year of constant tentpole delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Who drives like a bat out of hell?" asks Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson). "A Toretto," replies Tej Parker (Ludacris). Pretty funny coming from them since they'll actually be taking flight in the franchise's first-ever trip to outer space. The stakes have never been higher — or more explosive — as Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) is forced out of retirement to face off with his revenge-driven brother, Jakob (John Cena).
Watch "Total Car-nage" below:
The one thing that I take a lot of pride in is really scaring the crap out of my crew," the movie's director and co-writer, Justin Lin, told Entertainment Weekly last month. "When we have these production meetings and I’m sitting there in front of people and describing what we are about to do, I love that kind of nervous silence before we all focus and figure out how we’re going to do it. Personally, I feel that good action sequences are nothing if you don’t have a connection with these characters, and one of the big things I wanted to do coming back was elevate and really push growth in every character."
F9 rolls into theaters everywhere Friday, June 25. Until then, you can catch a free screening of one of the first eight Fast Saga films every Friday at participating theaters.