On 11 December members of the cast and crew of Fast & Furious 8(aka Fate of the Furious) shut down Times Square to debut the first official feature length trailer for the film. The fans who couldn’t make it to New York got to see interviews with the cast and crew and then finally the trailer during a Live Facebook stream. But did the trailer live up to the big spectacle?
Well, yes and no. It did deliver on the action. Notable scenes included a giant demolition ball and a huge submarine. Some found the unrealistic nature of the demolition ball and submarine scenes off-putting, but this wasn’t a problem for me as I don’t expect realistic action sequences when watching Fast & Furious films.
Another positive aspect of the trailer was the music. What I love most about Fast & Furious trailers, and even the films themselves, is the music and this trailer doesn’t disappoint, as Bassnectar’s Speakerbox (ft. Lafa Taylor) fit the action and party scenes perfectly.
However, one part of the trailer I didn’t like was seeing the main protagonist, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) betray his family. This part of the plot is frustrating for Dom and Letty (Dotty) fans. The reason Vin Diesel fought to bring back Letty (which for me was one of the most exciting things to hear about in the franchise) was because the fans wanted to see Dom and Letty back together. But, since Letty’s comeback, she and Dom have mostly been on opposite sides. When she came back in the 6th movie she had forgotten the whole crew and Dom, due to suffering from amnesia, and was working with Owen Shaw (Luke Evans). In the 7th film, Letty regained her memory and we saw some cute moments between the couple. Dotty fans expected to see more of these great moments in the 8th film, but now Dom has gone rogue and they’re on opposite sides again.
Furthermore, although Dom going rogue was something I never expected to happen in the 8th film, the trope of good guy goes bad has been overused. This is why I couldn’t help but roll my eyes when I saw Dom turn on his family.
Even though this aspect is may seem like the strongest part of the trailer, as it has fans guessing why Dom has turned against everyone, I feel that the trailer, as well as the synopsis, have given too much of the plot away. What may have been more interesting would be to have kept the identity of who betrayed the team a secret. However, this may have been an impractical idea to use in the trailer, given that it seems that Dom is against the team for most of the film.
Moreover, given that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who plays Hobbes in the film, stated that Dom has a valid reason for going rogue, it’s highly likely that this reason is that he’s being blackmailed in some sort of way or he’s deep undercover. If any of these theories are true then the film will be highly underwhelming. Unfortunately, we have to wait until April 2017 to confirm all these theories and to see whether the trailer really did give too much away. For now, though, I’d give the trailer 2.5 stars out of 5, because even though we see some interesting and action packed scenes, the trailer perhaps gives too much of the potentially underwhelming plot away.
Fast & Furious 8 will arrive in UK cinemas on 17 April 2017.