How The Vault Car Chase Scene In “Fast Five” Was Created
Straight from Jack Gill, a stunt coordinator on “Fast Five” himself. In a video with Vanity Fair, he breaks down the car chase scene in the movie’s climax as Vin Diesel and Paul Walker’s characters steal $100 million dollars in a bank vault.
And while you may just assume everything these days is done digitally with CGI, Gill explains how the stunt team and director Justin Lin created the scene with largely practical effects including a real 9,000-pound steel vault dragged behind two Dodge Chargers. And while the vault was empty, it was still there being towed behind the vehicles through a breakaway wall.
It’s also interesting to note that all of the driving is real! You read that right, the stuntmen and women were driving the Chargers and police vehicles to crash, wreck, and perform with no effects added. When you think about it, that’s pretty incredible.