Finally, we are at the latest addition to the Fast and the Furious franchise! Man, this franchise has gone through its ups and downs. Mostly ups as we entered the last few movies. The franchise as gone into a bigger and better direction with mostly great response due to whatever reasons: characters, heists, etc. Its in its own category now and while none of them are masterpieces, its achieved its own special place in the fans’ hearts. That definitely includes me.
Before I go further into Furious 7, let’s get a little synopsis in 🙂
Furious 7 (2015)
Director: James Wan
Cast: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez, Jason Statham, Kurt Russell, Nathalie Emmanuel, Tony Jaa, Djimon Hounsou
Taking a little break from their last team-up, Dom (Vin Diesel) is home with Brian (Paul Walker) and Mia (Jordana Brewster) as they make a transition from the dangerous world of heists, bullets and fast cars. All this changes when the big bad brother of Own Shaw (Luke Evans), Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) calls up Dom, telling him that Han’s (Sung Kang) dead and that he’s hunting down whoever destroyed his little brother. Already putting Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) in the hospital, Dom and his team have to deal with this threat themselves. Much to their surprise, a mysterious Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) shows up offering them a perfect chance to revenge Dekkard Shaw with the condition that they retrieve an advanced military technology called God’s Eye and protect the developer, Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), before a terrorist acquires it.
Just a matter of postponing putting up this review a few days, there’s been a ton of other reviews up. Exactly like Guardians of the Galaxy, there isnt much I can say that hasn’t been said before. I contemplated doing a point form post on this but then there would be too many spoilers and I don’t want that. Fact of the matter was that, the movie was halfway through or not even, I leaned over to my boyfriend and said that this movie was already turning into one of my faves of the franchise. Whether that feeling stuck by the end of the movie, I’ll reveal that at the end 😉
Furious 7 was my most anticipated movie of 2015. There are various reasons. One is Paul Walker and how they’ll get him out of the franchise after his tragic death in late 2013. He is a key character and with that, it makes him hard to dismiss. We’ve grown to love Brian O’Conner. He’s a part of the family and honestly, if you are a fan, Dom’s family has pretty much turned into our family. Each of the character’s have a spot in our hearts. Next reason is Furious 7 marks change. Partially linked with Paul Walker but the fact that even before his death, we’ve already know that Justin Lin will be stepping down as director and handing over the job to James Wan, primarily noted for his horror movie efforts. Now, following those two points, Furious 7 is every bit intriguing to watch because there are script changes and casting to work around the circumstances they are in and that begs the question: can they live up to the last few films fun and intensity?
Simple answer: YES!
There is so many yes for this one. Furious 7 is as awesome as its name. This time, its not so much about being fast as it is about being furious, as they race with a window of time to obtain the God’s Eye and Ramsey, fighting top notch fighters in the various roles form Jason Statham and Tony Jaa being in that category. Even Rhonda Rousey appears and fights with Michelle Rodriguez. The action sequences are as over the top as they get and yet I appreciate every single moment of them. I guess its when I watch these movies, I feel like I’m rather different. I like movies dripping with machoism, big guys, fighting, over the top action, sexy and sleek revving cars, high adrenaline. I love all that stuff. Furious 7 lives up to the franchise they’ve been building on all those levels, brings in some new characters and makes it bigger, badder, meaner and crazier than ever. More fight sequences than racing cars. At this point, when I walk into a movie in this franchise, I suspend every disbelief I have and just enjoy everything they throw at me. Everything and anything can happen and it doesn’t have to make any sense but you know what? It doesn’t matter, because that’s exactly what I’m looking for. And probably what you should be too 😉
This movie also experienced something for once in its franchise. Its is actually quite surprising. Can you guess what it is? The plot was never something to call home about. Its usually extremely simple with one very huge end goal. I never complain about it. For the first time, Furious 7’s plot actually feels a little convoluted. There’s a whole lot of little things going on. A lot of which gets lost in the bigger plots that kind of try to overpower each other. This time, it brings in family and revenge as a huge theme. Its minorly a heist for the God’s Eye but more a rescue mission. As much as Justin Lin loved to bring in lots of asses and skimpy girls, James Wan puts it right in your face even more. I don’t care much for that (since I’m very much into guys) but I’m sure its more for the male audience that should dominate the viewing audience here. I sidetracked there. The plot includes Letty’s amnesia and Brian’s embrace of quiet family life as side plots. The bigger ones was supposed to be Deckard Shaw because that is how the previous movie ended and should be the focus. By the end, I almost forgot about it as they trashed Los Angeles with the terrorist dude wrecking havoc. I literally forgot about the fight between Shaw and Dom, and kind of laughed at myself at that moment. But, don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining.
***Next paragraph enters a little spoiler territory**
Really, what else is there to say about this one? I’m thinking Fast Five, Furious 6 and this one is sounding very similar. Which is why this is not so much a review as just a write-up. This may not be quite as strong as Fast 5 (or 6) but its a lot of fun and there’s drama and the meaning behind this one is so much more just because we know that Paul Walker is no longer in the picture. Paul Walker’s death and that last scene for the tribute was done really well. I sat through the entire film wondering and worrying that they’d kill him off but they didn’t. The way they did it was perfect. It was classy and heartwarming. Brian was ready to leave the bullets behind and be dedicated to quiet family life. Once that song started and the beach scene, it meant just so much by saying so little and my tears just started falling. It was as much the team’s farewell as it was ours to Paul Walker and Brian O’Conner. It makes us remember also that as much as Paul Walker’s career succeeded a lot to do with this franchise, it made me think of the others movies he has been in and a few of them are underrated.
I guess the best way to end this write-up of Furious 7 is with this tribute video:
Wow..this review just got really personal and kind of heavy. Furious 7 is a fun, entertaining ride. While how the franchise would take Brian O’Conner’s character out kept running around in the back of my mind, it never stopped me from enjoying Furious 7 for exactly what it is. Logic and reason, common sense: nothing matters here. Its family, vengeance, action and a whole lot of explosion. Anything that happens in Furious 7 goes. Does a car flying through buildings make sense? Sure! How about no Air Force fighter jets coming when they are trashing LA? That’s okay. Cars flying in mid-air and parachuting down to the mountainous roads? That works! Plus, Paul Walker tribute was done perfectly well. Did Furious 7 make it to be my favorite movie in the franchise? Not really but it sure has a memorable spot in there.
Did you see Furious 7? What did you think about it? Which is your favorite movie in the franchise so far?