Fast and Furious 7

Furious 7
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Director: James Wan
Writer: Chris Morgan, Gary Scott Thompson
Release date: 2015-04-03
Runtime: 137 mins
Vin Diesel
Paul Walker
Dwayne Johnson

I am not a fan of cars, nor do I find speeding and racing enjoyable…and yet I am totally in love with The Fast and The Furious franchise. For me, it hits all the right spots: characters, acting, action, story. While I don’t make it a habit of giving my film reviews five out of five stars, I have to for this one; for the recently deceased Paul Walker. Here is why I find this film to be so amazing.

Furious 7 continues on in the vein of the earlier films in the franchise: Our team have once again had their fresh-starts disrupted when a figure from the past drags them back into the high-paced world of racing cars and fighting for their lives. We see Deckard Shaw (the brother of a former villain they defeated) coming back for revenge. Taking on the team one-by-one, will they be able to find strength in numbers, or is their time finally up?

Let’s be real, this isn’t Citizen Kane or 12 Years a Slave. We are not going to be seeing adaptations made of it for generations to come. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a darn good story. Every element you could want in a film is there. The character and story progressions in this film and the whole franchise are expertly done, and you believe everything is actually happening to them.

None of these films are going to rate among the Academy Award folks, and yet I would gladly watch it before any of them. Since the first film in the franchise, you would be hard pressed to find one flaw in the casting and acting. Everyone – even those that played minor roles in earlier movies and major roles in later movies – contributed to the film. Even more than this, they have also shown on numerous occasions that they all genuinely love each other and their fans. For me, that makes it all the sweeter.

Skilfully worked-in alongside brilliantly choreographed chase scenes are the visual effects. These obviously stand out (such as the ‘moving through the engine’ scenes) but only add to the overall enjoyment and exhilaration of the film.

I have managed to stay away from others’ reviews, but it seems like it hit the spot for everyone. Despite the untimely death of the leading man, there are already talks of an eighth film, which would end the series. Vin Diesel said it best: ‘Furious 7 was for Paul, Fast & Furious 8 was from Paul’.

As I said before, this film held a lot of significance because of Paul Walker’s untimely demise. That brought an added necessity to watch the film, but the film did its job of being purely entertaining. Furious 7 had all of the elements we have grown to love about the franchise – fast cars, hot guys, hot girls, and faster cars – but it continued to bring it to another level. Audiences have grown-up with the characters, and each one takes it to a whole other level. As I’m sure you can tell, I absolutely love this film, and would highly recommend it to anyone (irregardless of whether they usually like car films). Happy viewing!

Fast and Furious 7 on July 29, 2015 rated 5.0 of 5