With Universal Studios releasing their latest trailer for Fast and Furious 6 comes one aspect of the whole series that’s both comical yet totally acceptable in the context of the movie. It’s that physics simply don’t exist in Universal Studios, and I’m mostly fine with that.
As I watched the trailer, I witnessed what looked like a 3000 lb Alfa Romeo MiTo pull down an entire plane to the ground ( a C-5 Galaxy to be exact, one of the largest aircraft in the world, capable of flying with nearly 420 tons weight on board). At that moment I asked myself, “did that really happen?” Then I remembered my basic premise when watching any Fast and Furious film. The fewer questions I ask, the better.
In 2 Fast and 2 Furious, the two main characters Brian Spilner and Roman Pierce heroically throw there classic Chevrolet Camaro into the side of a luxury boat and a little after impact, crawl out with a few scratches. In real life, such an impact most likely would’ve killed our two heroes.
In the 5th Fast and Furious, two black Dodge Challengers are depicted towing a 50,000 pound bank vault out of a hidden underground police station. Theoretically given enough torque, any vehicle can pull any amount of weight. But the tread size on the cars, plus the drag coefficient of the tires and limited amount of torque available from the engines lead us to believe that this really isn't possible. And anyone who knows anything about towing knows that, a car’s frame would be ripped to pieces trying to tow such a massive object.
Those are just two other examples of physics defying movie magic and I’m sure there are dozens more examples showcasing this physics less world, but all that doesn't matter really. As long as the physics isn’t over the top comical, the audience will take it as truth. Here’s to Justin Lin’s latest creation in a line of successful blockbusters.