There’s a lot that goes into it. The Fast and Furious, as a series, requires some degree of suspension of disbelief (depending on the person), but the stunts have to be grounded in cold hard reality. And the more insane they are on screen, the more real danger is involed the more guts required to make it happen.
Let’s face it, the stunts and action scenes are what keep petrolheads along with the average gal or guy coming back for in this series. Sure, there’s some characters we’ve grown to love and some story arcs we’ve become invested in, which is all well and good, but when the fast cars come out (usually chasing or jumping off something explosive) we know intuitively to lean back, tune out, and soak in the visual spectacle.
Stunt coordinator Jack Gill and his team shot for the moon in this latest instalment, and I’m sure you’ll agree after watching the video below, that the stunts for Furious 7 got turned up to 11 – even compared with the previous movies.
Most of the time, action movies are written off as being simplistic and undeserving of critical acclaim. We beg to differ. The effort and expertise required to pull these sequences off (and with a camera capturing exactly the right thing and that right time) is nothing short of gobsmacking.
And the Oscar for Best Stunt goes to….
Oh wait, that category doesn’t exist yet. Yet.