One of a standout action scenes in The Fate of the Furious takes place in ...
One of a standout action scenes in The Fate of the Furious takes place in Manhattan, and where cyber terrorist Cipher, played by Charlize Theron, hacks the city’s vehicles and remote controls them to use them as the weapon, causing mass carnage.
The scale of the destruction is insane and gleefully over the top, and to say the least. One scene featured prominently in promotions shows the cavalcade of cars being remotely driven off the multi-level parking garage, before smashing onto a street below in one of the biggest on-screen pileups ever – it literally rains vehicles.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, director F. Gary Gray revealed that a destructive stunt was more expensive to produce than you might think.
Most movies use older vehicles destined for the junk yard to save money, and Gray insisted on using newer cars. You can see his logic: using older vehicles would have been jarring since the movie is set in the present day, and it hiked up the budget significantly.
My producers kind of looked at me like I was out of my mind and even requesting the amount of cars needed . . . they have to be newer vehicles, he explained. And to destroy them for the sake of getting different angles for the different coverage was quite expensive, but ultimately, we do it for the fans.
Many of the vehicles that get wrecked under Cipher’s control don’t even feature autonomous driving abilities, and you can’t help but wonder how they were hacked.
But then if you are looking for realism, you are watching the wrong movie. The budget for The Fate of the Furious was reportedly $250 million, but it is already made over $530 million worldwide in its opening weekend, setting the new record.
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