So Here’s the Thing About This New Fast & Furious Movie Set in New York City
Vin Diesel delighted fans everywhere and tickled me all over my body last week when he revealed the first poster toFast 8, the latest installment in the Fast and Furious series. The follow-up to Furious 7—as you can see in the poster—will take the franchise from its Los Angeles hub to New York City, which is uncharted territory for Dom Toretto and his crew.
What does this all mean, though? To start, probably no high-speed car chases. Seriously, have you ever seen a car drive faster than 32 miles per hour in New York? Diesel may have jumped a car through a building in the last movie, but an exotic sports car would be no match for potholes on the FDR.
No, this movie is going to have to find all kinds of other ways to put our characters in dangerous situations. You think Tyrese trying to jump out of an airplane in a car is crazy? Wait until his only route of escape includes running through the dreaded “empty train car. ” Subway foot-chases would also be halted by breakdancers and evangelists. Above ground? Please. Rich, white dude in Midtown isn’t moving out of the way for your deadly attempt to retrieve some strange piece of technology that would allow the bad guys to control the world.
I’m really curious how much of the action of Fast 8 will take place in New York, or if it will just be a couple scenes of Michelle Rodriguez and Ludacris stalled in traffic behind thousands of cabs on the BQE while Tyrese waits three hours in a Trader Joe’s line to get Dom all the organic proteins he needs to stay so damn buff.
Either way, I’m irrationally excited for this movie, and I can’t wait to pay $28 for one ticket at Union Square to watch it in a crowded-ass New York theater on opening weekend.