Self-Driving Cars Are the Enemy in the New Trailer for The Fate of the Furious

March 10, 2017
Also, Dwayne Johnson kills people with a goddamn torpedo.

But what if an evil high tech terrorist hacked all the self-driving cars and caused mayhem? It won’t be long before some jowly Republican idiot uses that rhetoric to defend the freedom to crash into kindergartens from the terrible Communist spectre of self-driving vehicles, mark our words. In the meantime, it’s a cool as hell new wrinkle for The Fate of the Furious.

By this stage of the game you know what to expect, in broad strokes, from this, the greatest action franchise of the 21st century* – more audacious stunts, more complete disregard for the laws of physics, everything faster, louder, and bigger than what has gone before, and family, family, family. It’s a familiar framework, but within that miracles can still happen; there’s a bit here where it looks like Dwayne Johnson is about to ride a torpedo like a skateboard, and that would have in no way broken the baseline reality of the action. These films are magic.

We’d have to resort to a bullet point list to cover everything great about this trailer – every shot holds something amazing. Our only complaint would be a distinct lack of Helen Mirren – obviously they;re holding back their MVP for something special.

Directed by F. Gary Gray and starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Helen Mirren, Nathalie Emmanuel, Elsa Pataky, Scott Eastwood with Kurt Russell and Charlize Theron, The Fate of the Furious hits on April 12, 2017.

*No contest. More fun than Bond, more consistent than Marvel, not a tsunami of excrement like Transformers. Nothing else is even in the same class.

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