The official trailer for Fast and Furious 7, Furious 7 has been released and we have a couple of themes: cars, family and outlaws. Surprised? There are key elements we get to view: such as the black bus (Obama's tour bus), and the plane (Olympus Has Fallen, The A Team) and "cars as American weapons." There are several films the trailer references (for example, The A Team which you can watch the trailer here that includes a number of similarities), and this is because, as always, films are in a dialogue with each other, so it's not a sign that they aren't being "original," that's not important, but what is important is that the film makers carry you through a discussion and persuade you of their values and perspective on the current situation. Oh, you are going to want to watch this in full-screen mode:
I don't know a lot about planes, but that looks like the Lockheed C-130 Hercules they have the cars in at 0:21 of the trailer; why is that important? We saw this same plane used in Olympus Has Fallen, when the plane was being flown by North Korean communists to take over the White House; why were communists flying that particular make of plane? Because the Hercules was specifically developed for the needs of the Korean War and proved to be such a valuable plane, it has been in service for 50 continuous years. What does this have to do with anything?
When those cars jump out of the back of that plane, that anti-communist plane, they are essentially taking on the roll of paramilitary jumping out during a war; given the weapons the cars are equipped with, this isn't an overstatement in the least. Further, the cars themselves become weapons, not just in the creative way the heroes use the cars (attaching parachutes to them, pulling off the doors of the bus, reaching out to save Brian from falling over the edge of the cliff, etc.) but the car itself: it's make, model, advance technologies, even if the cars aren't American made, they could be purchased because we have (or did have) a free market economy where we could buy anything we wanted which meant all car companies were constantly competing to keep up and surpass each other on the latest developments. THAT is a weapon because it means the market rules, not the government.
Letty is a "double-minority": she is both Latina and female, and her risking her own life in possibly going over the edge to save a white heterosexual male (who the Democrats would argue is her arch-enemy because the likes of him is what keeps her "oppressed") she is the one saving him the way we saw Evelyn sacrifice herself in Annabelle. But by saving Brian, Letty is also saving herself: because no one in captialism takes a risk alone (like in The Dark Knight Rises when Gordon and the other officers have to walk on the ice, but they spread out--that's calculated risk taking; please see War & Revolution: The Dark Knight Rises for more). In other words, in capitalism, you are never alone because someone is always going to be looking out for you because it's in their interest to do so.
"We're being hunted," Ludacris observes, and he's right: capitalists who excel at what they do are being hunted, especially the minorities. The worst thing in America to be isn't a poor black man, it's a successful black man, because the other blacks don't want anything to do with you, as Charles Barkley as pointed out about the self-sabotage of blacks in America. With the exception of Brian O'Connor (Paul Walker) every single hero of this film is a minority (as we saw in GI Joe Retaliation) and THAT is an anti-Democrat statement who insists they can never be anything but victims. So, when the trailer moves to images of Dubai, then it becomes anti-socialist; how? Seeing the camels in the desert, and then the fast cars going past, is a dramatic difference between what the "progressives" want in doing away with all technology, and what capitalists want in continuously developing technology for the good of the whole world.
When Kurt Russell appears on the screen, he haughtily informs our heroes that he doesn't play by their rules there, and that is the introduction of Game Theory into the fray. In the opening scenes of the trailer, we saw how creative the heroes can be with using their cars as carrier vehicles with parachutes, and I am going to venture that the scene we see in the beginning of the trailer, is probably the beginning of the film which will establish what is going to happen with the rest of the film; in other words, the opening in the trailer is a microcosm narrative of what will happen in the rest of the film, like a Mandelbrot set in chaos theory, of the baboushka doll, with a large doll containing a smaller, identical doll inside it. The "winner" of the film will prove to be the more creative in interpreting "the rules" that Russell's character mentions, and how to take advantage of those rules to make them work for themselves.
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|At the time of Paul Walker's death, this was the main poster for the film, "This is where roads part," being a sub-title for Brian's character to pull out and go his own way. Looking at the trailer, we might say there is another "road" that is going to be parted, and that's the one in Dubai. At 1:51 in the trailer, there is the road in the desert, with a group of camels walking. The growing hostile Muslim influence in the country (because there is a growing hostile Muslim influence all over the world) might be the other road that is being assumed under this tagline of "roads parting," that Muslims wanting to live under the laws of Sharia can take the desert and camels and stick with it, but for those of us who prefer the road of capitalism, we want to keep that open, too. I can highly recommend The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East by Timur Kuran. My point is, that dramatic shot provided at that point in the trailer is intentionally meant to make the audience question which "road" they would rather be on, the one of capitalism, or the one of the camels.|
|You can click on this image to expand it. These viewpoints are the platform of the Left.|
|After Han's funeral, Dom says that it looks like their sins have followed them home; this is a theme we see in Liam Neeson's Taken 3 which you can watch at this link but we haven't reviewed yet. Why is this important? Personal responsibility and consequences. They don't blame the events coming down on them as being bad luck or someone else's fault or responsibility, they are taking care of themselves (like the Penguins Of Madagascar).|
|Jason Statham plays Deckard Shaw, the brother of Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) from F & F 6. In this shot, he and Vin go over the script together.|
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