Furious 7 (2015)
Dominic Torretto and his crew had thought they left their lives of crime behind them. After defeating the international terrorist Owen Shaw they each went their separate ways to live their lives. Unfortunately things didn’t end there. Shaw’s older brother, Deckard Shaw, is out for revenge on behalf of his brother. He plans to kill the crew one by one. In order to find Shaw the crew must come together one last time to rescue Ramsey, a highly skilled hacker, on behalf of the government. Ramsey has created a program known as God’s Eye that has the power to find anyone anywhere in the world. With that program Dominic and his crew can locate Shaw and end their lives of crime for good this time.
Fourteen years after it first began, Furious 7 brings to a close this need for speed franchise. And while Furious 7 might not be the best of the films according to some, for this die-hard fan it fills every void and pays moving tribute to Paul Walker.
With only half of Walker’s scenes finished at the time of his tragic death, it took a miracle to bring this final film to the screen. In the end though Furious 7 is the better for the tragedy, giving the film more heart than it ever had before. Coupled with the sexy cars, high-speed chases and crime the heart makes the movie rounded in a way more satisfying than any of the others. It even brought a tear to my eye with its beautiful and graceful end.
Like the more recent Fast & Furious films the plot is a bit out there with some elements that make you scratch your head but who cares when you take into account the big explosions, death-defying scenes and flying cars. Yup you heard me right, flying cars (and not futuristic kind either). I loved the corny and obvious jokes. The rapport between the cast is clearly as strong as it has ever been, adding heavily to the whole family element that is woven throughout the movie. If I had one beef with movie it would be that new director James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring, Insidious) a filming style it that I didn’t completely enjoy. Too many closeup shots that stylistically would work great in a horror flick but didn’t fit the vibe of Furious 7.
I will miss the Fast & Furious franchise. It did what so many other film franchises fail to do, it got better not worse with age and continue to bring to the big screen that secret world of cars to thrill and entertain us.
9/10 Stars – The Fast and The Furious franchise never ceases to entertain and thrill me.
As we saw with movies 5 and 6, Furious 7 takes the action, comedy and togetherness to a level that no one can find boring. With the death of Paul Walker, you can tell the “family” aspect was more front and center in this installment and the last 5 minutes is a tribute to their lost member. I think the way director James Wan handled his death was in good taste and it felt like Paul was there the whole time! I’m glad they chose to say goodbye the way they did and no one will leave the theater with dry eyes.
I wasn’t sure if they were going to alter the movie due to Paul’s death, and I have to say that for 95% of the movie, it felt like a Fast and Furious movie. Paul and Vin are front and center once again. The cars are loud and the action is intense. At the end of Fast & Furious 5 ,they battle a tank. At the end of Fast & Furious 6, they battle a plane. Now in 7, they battle a chopper in a game of hide and seek. The movie fits well in the franchise and for a moment you forget this movie is unique and special. Will this be the last Fast and Furious movie? I can’t say, but I will say that I was pleased all around with this movie as it tackled death and fitting into a great franchise. The only aspect that I wasn’t pleased with was the absence of The Rock for most of the movie. He was in one scene in the beginning and then shows up in the end, but that’s only a minor quibble.
At the end of the day, Furious 7 will always be the movie that pays tribute to Paul Walker, but as a movie in the franchise, it fits in very well. This is a must see and expect a heartfelt tribute at the end. RIP Paul Walker
8/10 Stars – Might not be the best in the series, but it sure is fun nonetheless. It will always be remembered as the movie that said Goodbye to Paul.