The ride vehicle is Kong but with EDM music and neon lights flashing non stop. You load up and off you go into the first scene of the attraction. This takes place in what I can only describe as a dark path. There is almost nothing to look at. I do not know why it even exists. It's followed up by an ACTUAL set that looks fantastic. It has cars here and there as props and you are moving through an actual physical space. That matters. It adds a tactile piece that you cannot create with just screens. More of this please! Moving past that room we meet many characters from the film via screens. Some of them do not move naturally or seemingly at all. I could not help but notice that The Rock's chest and arms barely moved. This could be me remembering it incorrectly but something felt off. It is in this scene that the most memorable line is uttered as The Rock calls someone "Cookie Puss". Why does this matter? Well, back a few years ago when CM Punk was with the WWE he was at odds with good old Dwayne and Mr. Johnson called Punk a "Cookie Puss". It was silly and did not stick but there you have it. Cookie Puss returned.
The final scene is the same 360 tunnel tech you see Skull Island : Reign of Kong. While I do not think Kong is a standard bearer by any means, at least I felt in the moment on that attraction. Seeing Kong battle dinosaurs was pretty cool and the swinging effect as you nearly went into the jaws of a T-Rex are thrilling if brief. This sequence though, the Supercharged sequence, is completely devoid of life or excitement. Everyone looks like a cartoon character and nothing is engaging. Yes, King Kong looked more realistic that anyone in this attraction.
At one point Dom grabs onto a flying contraption that is trying to kill you. Grabbing onto it apparently makes it fly away. Sure. That does bother me. What does is I don't know if Vin Diesel is supposed to be grabbing onto a helicopter or a small drone armed with missiles but neither idea works. If it's a helicopter then he is actually twice the height of the helicopter which is hysterical and just looks like bad animation. If it's a drone then he is twice the size of it yet it's carrying him around with ease. It comes off as lazy either way. Nothing feels real. Nothing is engaging. There is a smoke effect that happens way too many times and it comes from the exact same spot of the bus each time. It's never surprising or thrilling. I did get splashed in the face with water a few times and I truly do not know why. I missed the reasoning. I am going to go with gasoline because why not. Then the whole thing just ends. Abruptly and with no real payoff.
This was a bummer to me. While I hold no real passion for the F&F franchise, I do find the people in the films to be highly charismatic and the action sequences I have seen are over the top in a fun way. Supercharged misses all of that. It's over the top but in a cartoon way that never feels exciting. The actual attraction piece (minus the room with actual props) feels tossed together and the queue is nothing special. At least Fallon has that great virtual queue. Maybe I missed the virtual part? I used my Express Pass but it merged with the Virtual line. There was nothing half as interesting in this virtual queue as Fallon though.
F&F is a massive franchise. Will anyone care about it in 10 years? Probably not but right now it's pretty popular. This could have been a blast of an attraction. It called for something more open than an enclosed bus. Something with a wider scope of vision. It called for new effects to be used in interesting ways. It called for more inspiration. It called for a Kong size animatronic of Vin Diesel's head yelling "FAMILY!" at me. It called for much much more.
Not counting the incredible experiences offered at the Harry Potter themed lands in Universal Orlando, the recent additions have left much to be desired. Skull Island : Reign of Kong and Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon have not exactly stoked excitement since their debut despite both attractions being based on popular subjects and sporting engaging queues. It's been the actual attraction part that failed to be memorable. Kong would place much higher on my personal scale than Fallon but the latter is something I have zero desire to revisit. I support Universal and I have high hopes for the horizon but they need to up their game on things not under the Potter banner.