Sunday, 5 April 2015

Review - Furious 7

Furious 7 is the seventh in the Fast and Furious franchise, and unfortunately the last starring Paul Walker, who died tragically in a car crash in 2013. The film is directed by newcomer to the franchise, James Wan, who is taking over from Justin Lin, who directed 3-6 and ultimately made Fast and Furious the franchise it is today, by making it all about cool set pieces and car chases. The film has a wonderfully diverse cast, including, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris and newcomers to the series, Kurt Russell and Jason Statham.

The only important things to know about the new Fast and Furious film is that is it insanely awesome? Yes. and is it a fitting send off for Paul Walker? Yes.
Well review done then...

I Guess i should delve deeper, the story for Furious 7 is a bit convoluted and hard to explain, so i'll try my best. After the events of Fast and Furious 6 and Tokyo Drift (very weird order), with Owen Shaw dealt with by our favourite street racing crew, Owen's brother, Deckard (Statham) vows revenge on the crew, and kills one of them, which gathers the rest of the crew together to deal with him, but to find Deckard they need help from Mr. Nobody (Russell) to find a computer chip called, The God's Eye, which can locate anyone, anywhere in the world, that is the easy answer to explain what the plot is about, even though it has a lot more twists and turns than that, featuring even more characters played by Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey and Nathalie Emmanuel. The opening scene for the film includes the best Jason Statham scene put to film, setting him up as the big bad of the film and showing you how much of a bad-ass he is. All throughout the film Statham kind of comes out of nowhere, while the crew are on their mission from Mr. Nobody, which makes the film even more tense and exciting knowing he could pop up at anytime.
The theme of family was there like always in these films, but it was more necessary here with the antagonist also all about family, it was interesting seeing how family affects these two opposing sides.

The cast is great as always in these films, with the relationship between Dom (Diesel) and Brian (Walker) being the main connection in the film, a great bromance for the ages. Letty (Rodriguez) also has a small plot with her amnesia which doesn't really go anywhere,Statham as Deckhard is just great as the villain, the best villain in the whole franchise so far i'd say, Kurt Russell as Mr. Nobody as also very good, charismatic and charming, it just seemed like Russell was really enjoying himself.
The humor in the film is still great, with Tyrese's character Roman being the funny one in the group, also funny is the sheer madness of the stunts which also get laughs, just because they are gravity defying and crazy.

The film has a number of great set pieces and exciting fights, putting Ronda Rousey and Tony Jaa in the film helped the film create some really great fight scenes, but they don't live up to the fights in Fast 6, which had better choreography, the set pieces on the other hand were better than the other films, like the few shown in the trailer, you see cars dropping out of the sky, cars going through building after building and a bus about to fall off a mountain, these scenes are breathtaking and had the people in my audiences applaud every time.

I was disappointed with the lack of The Rock in this film, he bookends the film, being in the start and end of it, and when he is in it, he is the best thing on screen, he has these cheesy one liners that work just because its such a silly film that knows what it is.

Furious 7 is a great, action packed film with ridiculous stunts, a confusing story line that seems like too much plot for one film,It isn't the best Fast and Furious film but it is one of the most enjoyable films of the year so far and will be one of the best experiences at the cinema for a while to come.

What did you think of the film?
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