Furious 7 is a fun movie to watch. If you can get past the unrealistic action scenes and corny writing.
The seventh installment of the wildly successful movie franchise is the first film of the series to take place after The Fast And The Furious: Tokyo Drift. After defeating Owen Shaw and his crew, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), Brian O’Conner (Paul Walker) and the rest of the crew are able to return to the United States and live normal lives again as they had wanted. However, Owen’s older brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham), is after Dom and his crew, seeking revenge for his brother’s death and putting the entire crew in danger once more. Back in the driver seat are Luke Hobbs (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson), Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez), Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster), Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges as Tej Parker. Also making the movie is Kurt Russell who played the calm, cool and collected Frank Petty.
They are not the only big name stars to make an appearance in this movie. Rap star Iggy Azalea, Latin-Pop megastar Romeo Santos and UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey all made a cameo appearance. Rousey’s cameo made for one of the best scenes in the movie.
Though the story is somewhat predictable, the action makes up for it. In fact it gets to a point where it gets too unrealistic. There was one or two action scenes where I said “oh come on” out loud. Not to spoil any action scenes but lets just say they “defy” the laws of gravity and somehow survive death.
Director James Wan takes over for Justin Lin who directed “The Fast and The Furious 6.” Wan does a good job in creating a vision for this movie but it just falls a little bit short. The writing of this movie falls short as it contains some of the cheesiest lines in an action film. For example, The Rock’s character Hobbs feels like he is in the 1950’s saying lines such as “I work when I want woman.” The movie would have been slightly better if better lines were written.
Now let’s get to the elephant in the room: Paul Walker. Sadly, Walker passed away November 2013 during filming. In his last movie, Walker did a tremendous job in portraying Brian. His brothers, Caleb and Cody Walker were used as stand-ins to complete the scenes that Paul didn’t finish. The movie does a great job in handling his character well and did a very touching yet beautiful tribute to him. I’m sure moviegoers are going to be in tears when they see the tribute. What a beautiful sendoff.
Overall, if you are looking for a good action film with beautiful exotic cars then this is the movie for you. Although the screenplay was a bit cheesy, the action makes up for it despite being too unrealistic. My favorite part of the movie was the beautiful tribute to Mr. Walker. I’m sure wherever he is, he will appreciate the tribute.
Movie Rating: 7.8 Out Of 10