Fast X Movie is released today. As someone who caught the last movie in theaters but has only seen half of them in total, I have a rather incomplete picture of what any of it means, particularly the flashbacks.
Rita Moreno, Brie Larson, and Jason Momoa are in it now, which is neat, but Vin Diesel wants to make sure the series’ final installment — let’s call it Fast 11 — continues adding the star power.
Vin Diesel told Variety that he wants Robert Downey Jr. to play the big bad, and the reason why becomes clear pretty much the second you learn a little bit about the character:
“Without telling you too much about what happens in the future, there’s a character who is the antithesis of Dom who is promoting AI and driverless cars and a philosophy that with that goes your freedom,” Diesel said. “There is somebody that believes that’s the future, and that’s at direct odds with the Toretto mentality.”
Of course, Robert Downey Jr. resuscitated his career by playing an eccentric tech mogul-turned-superhero years before most of the world knew who Elon Musk was, and wouldn’t you know 15 years later the genius inventor archetype just isn’t hitting with the same whimsy it did before Iron Man’s release.
This seems like the logical next step for the actor synonymous with Tony Stark, though Diesel played coy when asked if he’d given Downey a call yet.
The “Toretto mentality” is described as something humorous, even funnier than anything the author could come up with. It refers to the characteristic resilience and invincibility of the protagonists in the Fast and Furious franchise.
These characters seem to defy death, relying on their strong family bonds to perform extraordinary physical feats, dismantle criminal organizations, and defeat power-hungry villains.
However, the statement introduces an ironic twist by suggesting that the ultimate threat to the characters might not be a formidable criminal or an unbeatable adversary, but rather a Silicon Valley nerd who seeks to take away their control over the steering wheels.
Vin Diesel’s quote, “With that goes your freedom,” is referenced, implying that the removal of manual control over vehicles represents a loss of personal freedom.
The statement also makes a playful reference to the 440 Magnum, a powerful engine often associated with muscle cars. By mentioning it alongside the notion of freedom, the statement suggests that the essence of the Fast and Furious franchise lies not only in the familial bonds but also in the love for traditional automotive culture and the sense of freedom and power that it represents.
Overall, this part of the statement combines humor with a hint of irony to emphasize the contrast between the seemingly indestructible protagonists and the potential threat posed by advancements in technology.
It suggests that while the characters may conquer larger-than-life challenges, they may find themselves grappling with a more subtle but impactful enemy that challenges their cherished notions of freedom and automotive culture.
“It’s an entertaining premise and I’m sure RDJ would kill the role, though Diesel and company should probably tread with a little caution here. The anti-tech slope is kind of a slippery one: You start railing against self-driving cars and artificial intelligence inhibiting or obscuring humanity, and if you’re not too careful, before you know it, you’re feeding the same petromasculine culture war that made a subset of Congress shit itself a month ago. You have to wonder where Dominic Toretto stands on the Charger Daytona EV.”
The statement acknowledges the entertaining nature of the premise and expresses confidence in Robert Downey Jr.’s ability to excel in the role. However, it also suggests that Vin Diesel and his team should approach the concept with caution.
The concern raised is related to the slippery slope of adopting an anti-tech stance, particularly in the context of the movie’s themes.
The reference to railing against self-driving cars and artificial intelligence inhibiting or obscuring humanity highlights a potential direction the film could take. While criticizing certain aspects of technology can be thought-provoking, it’s important to be mindful of the broader implications.
The statement cautions against inadvertently fueling divisive cultural conflicts, such as the “petromasculine culture war” that recently caught the attention of a subset of Congress.
The mention of Dominic Toretto and the Charger Daytona EV raises the question of where the character stands on the integration of electric vehicles (EVs) into the Fast and Furious universe. This can be seen as a symbolic representation of the larger issue at hand: the intersection between traditional automotive culture and emerging technologies.
In essence, the statement suggests that while the premise of the film is entertaining and Robert Downey Jr. would excel in the role, the filmmakers should approach the anti-tech theme with caution to avoid inadvertently reinforcing divisive narratives.
It raises concerns about the potential negative consequences of fueling a backlash against technological advancements without thoughtful exploration of the subject matter.
By referencing Dominic Toretto and the Charger Daytona EV, the statement hints at the broader societal implications of the film’s themes and encourages a careful approach to navigating these complex issues.
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