Tһe Fаte Of Tһe Furious’ Climасtiс Tаnk Bаttle Hаs Militаry Expert Sсrаtсһinɡ His Heаd

Fast & Furious 8’s climatic tank scene has military vehicle expert Nicholas Moran literally scratching his head in complete and utter confusion.

The climactic tank scene in The Fate of the Furious has military expert Nicholas Moran scratching his head. Released in 2017, the eighth installment in the ongoing Fast & Furious franchise is one of the more ridiculous as Dom, coerced by the cyberterrorist Cipher, turns against his beloved family. The film features all the over-the-top-action fans have come to expect from the franchise, including its climactic scene, which involves vehicles driving on a glacier and Dwayne Johnson redirecting torpedoes with his bare hands.

In a new video from Insider, military vehicle historian and armor officer Nicholas Moran rated various tank battles in movies and television for realism. One of them was The Fate of The Furious‘ climactic tank scene on ice, which had him literally scratching his head in complete and utter confusion. In the end, Moran generously rated the scene a 2 out of 10 in terms of realism. Read what Moran said or watch the video below, beginning at 0:34:

The Ripsaw, which was basically a tracked toy for people to drive around in, looks just like it does in the movie here. It’s because it had such lightweight and such a high-powered weight ratio. The thing is incredibly fast and incredibly nimble, which of course, attracts the attention of the military. Well, hang on a second. We’ve got this vehicle that can go anywhere really, really quickly. Can we do something with it? But the variant that the Army has been looking at late is actually a robotic combat vehicle. I believe it’s the RCVM, and it’s being plugged as the M5, and on the top, much like is shown in the clip, is a remote weapon station.

He’s driving on ice, and those don’t look like ice tracks. Believe it or not, there’s actually ways you can get more grip on a tracked vehicle on ice. It’s anything from snow chains, those used in World War II, to these days, you can have grousers that you knock out a few track pads and you put basically cleats into the track. This thing is going quite fast doing its various maneuvers on ice, and that’s questionable in this context.

I can think of no reason except for an accession to plot why a tank would have a grappling hook attached to it. The Lambo at the point that they connect is basically underwater and that provides more drag than this thing can haul. Well, there’s your point for realism. The door came off instead of the Lambo getting pulled out. I’m going to be generous. I’m going to give it one point because it has tracks. And I’m going to give it one point because it pulled the door instead of the whole Lambo, so I’m going to give it a two.

The Fast & Furious Franchise’s Action Is Absurd, & That’s What Makes It Enjoyable

Fast & Furious 8’s climactic tank scene is far from the only example of the franchise’s unrealistic action. F9‘s car magnet scene sparked much debate over its scientific validity, with astrophysicist Aaron White even weighing in to debunk the scene because it defies the basic laws of magnetism. More recently, Fast X‘s ridiculous scene in which Dom’s son, Little Brian, leaps between two speeding cars was called out by everyone online for being over-the-top, unrealistic, and defying the laws of physics.

While these types of scenes have been called out and criticized relentlessly, the Fast & Furious franchise has garnered a fervent fanbase precisely because of its exaggerated and absurd action. Despite its street-racing origins, the franchise has fully evolved into high-octane heists and international espionage that push the boundaries of believability. One of the keys to the franchise’s success is its self-awareness, and it’s been at its best when filmmakers like Justin Lin, or F. Gary Gray in The Fate of the Furious, have fully embraced this and committed to the absurd.