The Sensational and Ambitious Furious 7’s Airdrop Scene
Paul Walker’s death may have paralyzed the crew and cast of the Fast and Furious movie series, but it ultimately proved to be a catalyst for more daring and more death-defying stunts in the franchise. News about going beyond budget were suddenly overshadowed by the movie’s box office results, which have gone to double the film’s cost. Box office sales now stand at $500 million.
Fans have been especially admiring the quality of CGI versions of Paul Walker’s character and the dramatic twist of his sendoff scene. Paul Walker’s farewell scenes could not get any better, but one other scene happens to be more thrilling and more nerve-wracking than the sendoff, and it is the airdrop scene. Flying cars make great movie scenes, but this one is way off the league.
Yes, technical-wise and action-wise, the CGI effects on Paul Walker’s character is a little short to the real stunt action inputted to the airdrop scene where two real cars as well as skydiving cameramen where dropped from two plane at 12,000 feet high somewhere in Colorado. There is nothing simple about this scene.
The crew had to do a dry run using a single car, and persisted with the plan of using less CGI and more actual stunts despite the dry run’s utterly “dry” output. At this point, you can admire the determination and creativity of stunt directors. But it everybody had been preparing for this scene for several months, and no one was giving up.
Skydiving cameramen where especially at risk trying to get the best coverage for the scene, while maneuvering towards and away from the falling cars, which are utterly flying or falling in every direction. In the end, it was all worth it. If there is any scene on the movie, or in the former installments, worth talking about aside from Paul Walker’s sendoff, it would be the airdrop scene.
What makes the airdrop scene standout is the use of real stunts, terrifying skydiving maneuvers and coverage shots, as well as great creativity and coordination from crew in the plane, on air, and on land. This has to be the most awesome thing about the film, in addition to, of course, figuring out which is the CGI Paul Walker and which is not.