Furious 7

"Very Good"

Furious 7 Review


For their seventh adventure, the Fast & Furious cast and crew continue to outdo themselves with mind-boggling stunt driving and outrageous action mayhem, this time infusing everything with emotion as a way of honouring late actor Paul Walker. The rip-roaring pace and more internalised drama combine effectively to create a riotous thrill ride that might actually bring a lump to the throat. Even if it's all utterly preposterous, it's solidly entertaining.

Things pick up right where Part 6 left off, with former black-ops killer Deckerd Shaw (Jason Statham, who else?) determined to avenge his fallen brother. As he tracks them down, Dominic and Brian (Vin Diesel and Paul Walker) have reassembled their team (Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges) to take a job with shady government agent Mr Nobody (Kurt Russell). Their target is the even shadier villain Jakanda (Djimon Hounsou), who has kidnapped a genius hacker (Nathalie Emmanuel) to get his hands on her all-seeing gadget. But Shaw is on their trail as they track Jakanda to the mountains of Azerbaijan, and he interrupts their mission there as well as in the deserts of Abu Dhabi and the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

The double-edged premise offers all kinds of opportunity for plot twists, but of course the main point of these movies is to create increasingly insane set-pieces. This time, the film opens with Brian explaining to his young son that cars can't fly, after which director James Wan proves otherwise, flinging our heroes' hot rods into the sky from airplanes, tower blocks and cliff tops. Amazingly, they seem able to steer even in mid-air! But never mind, it looks so painfully cool that there's little do do but sit back and enjoy the chaos, knowing that even though a flashy vehicle is destroyed every minute, there's a newer, more awesome car coming in the next scene.

As always, the actors are great at all of the macho posturing (Rodriguez gives the meathead boys a run for their money) and less effective at the emoting. A more pumped-up than usual Johnson is oddly sidelined this time, but makes up for that in his few gonzo sequences, while Gibson and Bridges offer solid comic relief. But as the plot reaches its explosive, destructive finale in an oddly deserted L.A., the focus becomes clear: this is actually designed to be a moving send-off for Walker, offering a lovely epilogue that feels like the end of an era. Not that this will stop them from cranking things back up for Part 8.


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Furious 7

Facts and Figures

Genre: Action/Adventure

Run time: 137 mins

In Theaters: Friday 3rd April 2015

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Production compaines: Relativity Media, Universal Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

IMDB: 8.8 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer: Neal H. Moritz, , Michael Fottrell

Starring: as Dominic Toretto, as Luke Hobbs, as Ian Shaw, as Brian O'Conner, as Sean Boswell, as Letty Ortiz, as Elena, as Mia Toretto, as Slim, as Roman Pearce, as Megan, as Louie Tran, Shad Moss as Twinkie, as Tej Parker

Also starring: ,

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