First Fast & Furious 7 trailer is brilliantly bonkers

Fast and furious 7 posterFive months ahead of its release next April, the first trailer has been revealed for Fast and Furious 7 (or ‘Furious 7,’ as it’s been named in the US) as part of a live launch event in California. Yes, this a series that’s somehow become so colossal it actually had a live launch event to hype up a trailer. It’s another reminder that the Fast and Furious Franchise has become a ubiquitous automotive-action fest – a far cry from its humble street racing roots.   

All the series staples can be found in the trailer: there’s the obligatory black Charger performing a wheelie, scantily clad female extras, and of course Vin Diesel’s gratingly gravelly voice spouting inane one-liners such as “I don’t have friends, I got family” - just as the shot lingers on the late Paul Walker, who was tragically killed in a car accident last year mid-production. His brother stepped in as a body double with Walker’s likeness superimposed via CGI, but it’s said that Walker’s character will retire in the film rather than be killed off.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a Fast and Furious film without a preposterous, physics-defining stunt asking you to suspend your disbelief on what a car is capable of. Fast Five asked us to believe two Dodge Chargers could drag a 50 ton bank vault through the streets of Rio, destroying half the city in the process. Not to be outdone, Fast and Furious 6 depicted a fleet of cars taking down a cargo plane on the world’s longest airport using harpoons. And sure enough, the Fast and Furious 7 trailer treats us to a suitably OTT action sequence featuring, brace yourselves, cars parachuting out of a plane in formation, miraculously land on the road together and ambushing an armoured bus loaded with chain guns. It’s a quintessential Fast and Furious hijacking scene, which culminates in a cliff-hanging scene straight out of The Italian Job.

Meanwhile, Jason Stratham and Kurt Russell join the already-overcrowded ensemble cast alongside the likes of Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. That is too much testosterone to handle. Seemingly, the Fast and Furious aims to become The Expendables of automotive action films.

The franchise may have changed directors, with James Wan (who’s directing credits mostly include horror flicks such as Saw and Insideous) replacing Justin Lin who helmed every film in the series since Tokyo Drift, but the trailer reaffirms that the franchise is showing no signs of slowing down.

Watch the first trailer below and let us know what you think. Fast and Furious 7 roars into cinemas April 3rd 2015.

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