Fast and Furious 7 (2015)
Start your engines because it’s time for the 7th installment of the best muscle-car franchise in Hollywood. With the tragic death of Paul Walker in 2014, there’s a lot of fuzz around Fast & Furious 7, which might become the most profitable movie of the saga if things go as well as they do in the movie. Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson lead a cast already accustomed to the speed and adrenaline of the franchise. Jason Statham and Kurt Russell were also invited for this massive party that with non-stop action and tremendous bit of exaggeration tries to please its fans one last time.
Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw and went their separate ways. But now, Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde, and a shady government official called “Mr. Nobody” are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God’s Eye, that can turn any technological device into a weapon. Torretto must reconvene with his team to stop Shaw and retrieve the God’s Eye program while caught in a power struggle between terrorist and the United States government. [Source: IMDb]
When Owen Shaw’s brother (Jason Statham) starts killing everyone with a badass attitude in order to avenge his brother’s defeat, Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and Dom know that something needs to be done and quickly. Deckard Shaw is basically a professional hit-man who has a fancy car and he won’t stop until his revenge is complete. However things complicate a bit when Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell), the rich business guy of the history hires Torretto and his crew for one job that might be the key to defeat Shaw once and for all and the team faces a new enemy during that mission that allied to Shaw will require a lot more than just fast cars to finish the job. With a terrorist and a professional killer on one side and a crew of crazy fear-less guys on the other, the 7th installment is probably the biggest, most ambitious and exaggerated one in the saga. And when I’m saying big and exaggerated it’s a good thing because thanks to that fun and entertainment are guaranteed which is basically the reason why these movies are made for. In Furious 7 only the main story appears to make some sense while the movie is filled with loud and insane moments that deserve to be experienced in a big screen.
From explosions to cars jumping from buildings and planes, Furious 7 sets the bar even higher than its antecessors. Non-stop action in more than 2-hours that are filled with funny and really entertaining situations. In fact, one of the things I enjoyed the most about the whole movie was precisely the fact that things were not meant to be serious which made the exaggeration of some scenes truly entertaining. The performances of the all the characters were fine for a movie that doesn’t rely that much on that aspects, even though some dialogues seemed too un-natural. For the fans of the franchise, Furious 7 is a great way to end once and for all the adrenaline and intensity… There are amazing cars and crazy fights accompanied by sexy ladies and by a cool soundtrack. However, those who are looking for a different type of entertainment or simply those who don’t care that much about the franchise, the movie may seem a bit long and exaggerated to be enjoyable. In my opinion, even though most of the scenes are completely unrealistic there are some key moments able to make all the difference in the end.
With the recent death of Paul Walker in our memories, Furious 7 tries to be a lot more than just a new installment in the franchise. Even with the exaggerated scenes, James Wan knew how to finish the franchise in a memorable way. Yes it’s the probably the bigger installment and yes I had a lot of fun watching it. There’s the entertainment that everyone is used to in the franchise and the action sequences are a bit more intense but what made Furious 7 look like the cherry on top of the best muscle-car franchise in Hollywood was the way the crew honored Paul Walker in an emotional ending that concluded everything in a moving way. Whether you like the franchise or not, it’s impossible to not notice the pain and the emotion on everyone’s face during the last farewell. An epic conclusion that may seem a bit exaggerated with a story that fails in making sense, Furious 7 is a complete mess… But a funny kind of mess with crazy moments and a quick pace. The most memorable installment in the franchise is entertaining and even though it lacks some logic in the middle it was a moving tribute to a star that said good-bye too soon. Overall, Furious 7 could have been a lot better but it was still a satisfying last ride.