I don’t know if you can call it a ride when it’s actually part of the studio tour, but like King Kong 360, it’s a gigantic immersive 3D screen with motion-simulation and practical effects like fire. Surprisingly for today’s franchise film world, it will be the only Fast & Furious film in 3D.
The last time I was at Universal, I asked the tour guide about the attraction. After confirming that it was not replacing King Kong, he explained that the producers of the Fast & Furious movies had been on the studio tour, and thought their movie needed something more exciting and representative than the cars on mechanical arms that used to be a fun part of the tour’s special effects demonstration.
From the behind-the-scenes video, it looks like they got all the main cast members to participate, save the obviously unattainable Paul Walker. Still, am I wrong in thinking an F&F ride should actually go fast, and not just simulate the sensation of going fast?
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist