Sunday, April 16, 2017

‘The Fate of the Furious’ (2017): Once again it hits the Zeitgeist of the World Head on!

SPOILER ALERT! (This first part I wrote you might not want to read before you see this movie!)

The two most important things people of the world need to understand from this movie is that an EMP generator the kind shown in this movie exists many places on earth. And whether this is fiction or not considering an EMP generator a class 4 WMD is likely useful to all mankind. Because once you set off something like this (if it is strong enough) nothing electrical works after that ever again including cars, refrigerators, TVs, wifi, anything electrical that you can think of until you replace it with other technology from somewhere else away from the EMPed location.

The second thing people need to understand is that many cars now can be hacked in various ways even if they are not fully self driving yet. Be very sure what your car is capable of if hacked before you buy it so you don't die one day because you don't know how your car could be hacked and taken over like shown in the movie. However, I don't think you could make all these cars join together and drive down the street together like they did in the movie (YET) the operative word only being "YET". You could do this with one or 10 or 20 cars with that many different hackers with one hacker  hacking each car at the same time however.

You would have to write a special type of very sophisticated program first to do what they do in this movie and I'm not even sure this would be possible  to do because each car brand might have it's own type of operating systems and security. So, it would be sort of almost like writing a new TCP/IP specifically for this purpose.

So, what we are seeing in this movie is the future of cyber terrorists around the world especially in developed nations.
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Though “The Fate of the Furious” didn’t break the April domestic …

4 Reasons Why ‘The Fate of the Furious’ Sped to Half-Billion Opening Weekend

Strategic marketing, diversity, and rumored real-life tensions are pushing “Fate of the Furious” past worldwide records set by “Star Wars”

Though “The Fate of the Furious” didn’t break the April domestic opening weekend record set by “Furious 7,” Universal Pictures has still rolled together a huge weekend with the latest installment in their hot rod franchise. With the “Fast & Furious” series wildly popular with international audiences, “Fate” is now sporting global estimates that could see it break the $528.9 million set by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015.
Even if it falls a little short of that record, Universal will still blow by another international box office record by a huge margin. Universal estimates that the film will make $432 million overseas this weekend. That’s 37 percent more than the $316 million made by “Jurassic World,” which had been the all-time record for overseas openers.
So what pushed “Fate of the Furious” to a half-billion worldwide in just one weekend? Here’s what we think:
1.) Strong Marketing
Since unveiling the first trailer for the film back in December, Universal has done a good job capitalizing on the worldwide popularity “F&F” had earned with “Furious 7.” The studio kicked off its marketing campaign in a huge way, holding a trailer launch event in Times Square with Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, and Nathalie Emmanuel.
The trailer quickly became a viral sensation, setting a then-record for most YouTube views for a trailer in 24 hours with 139 million hits. Universal then launched a strong marketing campaign focused on the ridiculous action scenes fans have come to expect from the series, as well as the mystery of what could have possibly led Dominic Toretto to turn against the team he called his #family.
2.) Release date strategy
With family films dominating the box office since “Beauty and the Beast” came out last month and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” hitting overseas markets starting April 25, Universal had a ten-day window in which “Fate of the Furious” would be the only blockbuster in theaters aimed for adult audiences. To that end, they released “Fate” in 63 markets worldwide this weekend to capitalize on the lack of competition, with Poland, Romania and Japan being the only major exceptions.
“Easter weekend is a date that has done quite well for us, especially for ‘Fast,'” said Duncan Clark, Universal’s President of International Distribution. “China was a little tricky for us because we released [‘Furious 7’] on a Sunday rather than a conventional Friday, but the buzz that we’ve built from the previous movies has really helped us there.”
The “F&F” franchise has sported an international flavor on the same level as the James Bond films ever since it transplanted itself in its third installment, “Tokyo Drift,” back in 2006. After rebranding itself as a globetrotting heist series with “Fast Five” in 2011, that overseas appeal has increased as the franchise has traveled to locales like Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi, and in this film, Havana. That has helped turn “F&F” into one of the most popular series for foreign audiences, with “Fate” now setting a record for the highest Chinese opening of any Hollywood film with $190 million.
3.) Diesel vs. The Rock
While Universal sold “Fate” as a big clash between Dominic Toretto and Luke Hobbs, word began to get around that the men who played them were having some tense relations of their own. In an Instagram post sent out after filming on “Fate” wrapped, Johnson voiced his frustration with an unidentified co-star on the film that TMZ later said was Diesel.
“When you watch this movie next April and it seems like I’m not acting in some of these scenes and my blood is legit boiling – you’re right,” he wrote.
Diesel denied any antipathy towards Johnson, telling USA Today he’s “always rooting for Dwayne.” But last week, TheWrap’s Umberto Gonzalez reported that Diesel had killed a scene filmed with Johnson and Jason Statham without Diesel’s knowledge. The scene would have teased the two action stars’ characters, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, working together in a possible spin-off series.
Whether or not Diesel and Johnson are truly on bad terms with each other, the reports of their on-set tension certainly helped give the conflict between Dom and Luke in “Fate” a sense of art imitating life, giving the film another selling point beyond the spectacle of seeing cars getting chased by a submarine.
4.) Diversity sells
The “F&F” franchise has demonstrated the power of a multicultural cast in a blockbuster, with stars like Diesel, Johnson, Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ludacris proving to be a major draw for audiences while Sung Kang’s performance as Han has made the Korean drifter a legend among hardcore fans. The cast has also proven to be extremely popular on social media, which played a large role in the success of the trailer’s release back in December.
Put that together, and you have a cast with a Marvel-level of popularity that will be a big help for Universal as it steers the “Fast & Furious” franchise into the future.

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