LIKE the rest of the world, Aussies raced to see The Fate Of the Furious over the Easter long weekend, revving up box office taking to $14.92 million in its first six days of release.
The movie also nabbed the biggest global opening of all time, taking more than $700 million (US$532m) over the weekend to leave tyre tracks on Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ record.
So, now that we’ve all seen it, and figured out why Dom went rogue, we’re betting everyone has a few burning (rubber) questions they need answered.
SPOILER ALERT! THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS NUMEROUS PLOT POINTS AND SPOILERS ABOUT THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS.
Questions like … is it weird that Dom calls the baby Brian when, in the movie’s world Brian is technically still alive and presumably just a phone call away?
Yes, yes it is. But any reminder of Paul Walker is a welcome one, so we’ll take it.
So, before heading back for seconds, hit the brakes as we hunt down the answers to some of The Fate Of the Furious’ most nagging queries, direct from the horse(power)’s mouth.
WILL LETTY BE BRINGING UP BABY FOR THE NEXT FEW FILMS?
“I didn’t sign up for that; never have and never will. It’s not my thing. I mean, that’s how you end a trilogy, that’s not how you pick it up.”
After the shocking reveal that Dom’s a dad, the even-more-shocking disposal of Dom’s baby mamma Elena by that heartless villain Cipher (Boo, hiss, Charlize Theron!), and the more-ridiculous-than-shocking rescue of the baby by that ex-villain Deckard Shaw (Hoorah, The Stath!), The Fate Of the Furious ends up all happy families with Dom introducing the new kid to his girl Letty and the rest of the Fast family.
But in future instalments, Rodriguez told us she’s determined to stick with changing gears, not changing nappies.
“I just don’t do that; I’m not that girl, you know what I mean? They’ll probably have to kill Letty. Again,” she laughed. “They’d have to kill her again cos she’s no nanny. Sorry …
“Not the nanny. Not the nanny! Hashtag not the nanny.”
You heard it, folks: #notthenanny
COULD THE ROCK REDIRECT A TORPEDO WITH HIS BARE HANDS?
Last week, Twitter user Bill Bradley asked the Royal Navy if The Rock “could actually move a fired torpedo with his hand” — as Hobbs does during the big chase sequence over the Russian ice.
Dwayne Johnson stepped in himself to declare: “Don’t ask the Royal Navy, Bill. I’m perfectly capable of giving a non-biased answer. Which is yes, I can redirect a torpedo w/ my bare hands.”
Don’t ask the Royal Navy, Bill. I’m perfectly capable of giving a non-biased answer. Which is yes, I can redirect a torpedo w/ my bare hand. https://t.co/X2jS47CW5l
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) April 11, 2017
The Royal Navy later sent The Rock a link to apply to join their ranks, saying: “We could use a man of your talents.”
Couldn’t we all?
HOW DID THEY GET TO SHOOT IN CUBA?
Director F. Gary Gray has said the movie’s opening sequence — in which Dom and Letty’s Cuban honeymoon is interrupted by a drag race through the streets of Havana — wouldn’t have happened without former President Barack Obama “softening the relations” between the US and its southern neighbour.
“Everything that was happening on the state level was affecting what we did on the ground,” Gray told Moviefone. “I’m dreaming up shots … and there are people in the White House who had to understand what we were doing in order for it to be approved.”
The US has had an embargo against Cuba since 1958; restrictions on travel to and from the country only began to ease under the Obama administration.
The director told the New York Times he wanted to film in the country because “there’s a natural line you can draw from Cuba to Dom Toretto, just in terms of the Cuban car culture. There, it’s just the basics: engines, motors and old-school creativity, which is how Dom operates as well.”
Gray’s hope to film the race using a drone was nixed by the Cuban government, but they did allow him to bring in a helicopter to film aerial shots.
WHY IS THE CREW BUDDYING UP TO DECKARD SHAW GIVEN HE KILLED HAN JUST TWO FILMS AGO?
Jason Statham’s character Deckard Shaw was introduced to the franchise in a mid-credits scene at the end of Fast & Furious 6 — killing Han (Sung Kang) on the streets of Tokyo in revenge for Dom’s crew taking down his brother Owen (played by Luke Evans).
Such a villain was Deckard, Statham told Entertainment Weekly he expected to be “dodging rotten fruit and spit” at the F7 premiere.
But after initially keeping up spiteful appearances in Fate by punching on with Hobbs during the prison break and making fun of his tight T-shirts, by the end of the movie Deckard is delivering Dom’s baby safely into daddy’s arms and has formed quite the bromance with Hobbs.
Are we really supposed to get over Deckard killing Han this easily?
Fate script writer Chris Morgan told EW that the team did have some concerns — “Will the audience embrace a character, judging what’s happened in the last films?” — but he sees Deckard as a character who has a lot in common with Dom.
“The reason Dom went to jail in the original film is he did some violence against someone who hurt his family. Deckard’s story is not too far away from that. The reason he comes after our guys (in F7) is because he has a similar code — he looks after family. So … that felt like you might be able to turn him, in a way that you could start understanding what his motivations were.”
As lovey dovey as they all appear at the end of Fate, Morgan assured Han fans that their hero’s fate won’t be forgotten.
“Because of what happened to Han, there is going to be a residual drama and tension. We’re going to lean into that. We haven’t forgotten about it. We’re going to investigate all of that … there is still conversations for Deckard and the team to be having about it.
“Over the journey over the next few films, anyone who may be having issues about that will get a satisfying resolution.”
And Morgan seems to have given The Stath a few hints on “dramatic reveals” to come for Deckard Shaw in future movies: “Chris told me there are a few things we could shock people with, regarding Deckard. I’m excited about what’s to come,” Statham said.
WILL HELEN MIRREN BE BACK?
Mirren — as the Shaw boys’ delightfully cockney mum/crime matriarch Magdalene — only makes two brief appearances in Fate: sharing a cuppa and calling a mutually beneficial truce with Dom, then giving her boy Deckard what-for in the back of a van after he’s faked his death in what turns out to be all part of the plan.
Raving to EW about how fantastic it was having Dame Mirren as his mum, Statham went on to point out that Mumma Shaw’s sudden emergence is too big a deal to be a one-off:
“They’re not going to bring your mum in unless there’s something down the line. There’s so much opportunity for what we can understand about where the Shaw family is really from, what they’re really capable of … I don’t want to spoil what they’ve got coming, but they’ve got some really good stuff coming. That would include Helen and, obviously … I’m not gonna say anything!”
Plus, given Mirren’s frequent boasting about the driving skills she displayed on Top Gear, we’re guessing she won’t be satisfied until she gets to take the wheel in an OTT sequence in a future Fast movie.
What the Dame wants, the Dame gets.
WHICH ACTION SEQUENCE IS THE MOST FURIOUS?
A Fast movie is nothing if it doesn’t deliver an insane, this-will-never-be-topped action sequence (which then must legally be topped in the next film). In 5, they turned a bank vault into a wrecking ball on the streets of Brazil. In 6, a car raced a plane. In 7, they parachuted cars out of a cargo plane AND drove a mega-expensive sports car through the window of one Abu Dhabi skyscraper straight into another.
In Fate, there’s the small matter of the crew and their cars battle a nuclear submarine on an iced-over Russian seabed. Yet director Gray has a soft spot for another of the movie’s insane sequences: the one in which Cipher takes control of every autonomous car in Manhattan.
“For Charlize Theron’s character to remotely control a thousand vehicles from a billion-dollar jet above Manhattan, weaponize these cars, and have them flying out buildings and using them as vehicular torpedoes — that was very creative and original and timely,” Gray told The Hollywood Reporter .
“With all the hacking stuff that’s going on, it’s kind of the lighter side of hacking … If there is a lighter side to hacking.”
SOURCE: newsnow entertainment