‘Furious 7’ raced into theaters this weekend with anticipation and expectations at an all-time high. Thankfully, this movie delivers all the thrills of past installments, plus way more than expected.
Where there is so much action and excitement, there is also sadness, with this movie marking the last appearance of Paul Walker on the big screen. With a respectful and worthy send off to a beloved character and actor, fans and general moviegoers will find themselves captivated by this movie.
Ready your engines (and a box of tissues) because ‘Furious 7’ is about to kick off a Summer like no other.
This time around, ‘Furious 7’ takes us on a ride through Adu Dubai, Azerbaijan and back to familiar places like Los Angeles and London. The film begins with a vow of vengeance from Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) for the defeat of his brother Owen Shaw from ‘Fast & Furious 6’. He goes on a rampage, killing familiar ‘Fast and Furious’ characters and sidelining Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson). It isn’t until a bomb goes off that attempts to kill Dom (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker), Mia (Jordana Brewster), and their son that the gang turns their attention toward taking Shaw out.
An opportunity arrises that Dom cannot pass up when a man known by Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) offers his help. He offers him access to a program called God’s Eye which has the ability to hack cameras and microphones all over the globe, and will help them find Shaw. The catch is that the person who developed this hacking technology has been kidnapped and they must retrieve her in order to access the system. This rescue mission sets many future events in motion and will send them traveling to all parts of the world.
The adventure is only part of this movie with the big draw of any ‘Fast and Furious’ movie being the cars. The cars are flashier, tougher and more high flying than ever before. Whether is is testing the limits on the race track, flying out of the windows of high rises or crashing into armed drones, this movie pushed the cars to new limits. Also, is it just me or does anyone else want to use their tuition money to buy a suped-up car and then drag race through the city with it?
‘Furious 7’ was originally scheduled for a Summer 2014 release but production was halted after Paul Walker tragically died in a car crash on November 30, 2013. This caused the release date to be pushed back by a year but positioned ‘Furious 7’ as a rallying point for all of his fans. Universal has actively used the tagline “One Last Ride,” in the promotion of this movie, making the movie seem like a tribute to Walker and this is truly what this movie is.
From the very opening scene, ‘Furious 7’ gives fans everything they have come to love from this franchise. What started out as a movie about street racing, has transformed into a bonafide box office phenomenon, expanding their horizons to elaborate heists and rescue missions. The movie takes viewers back to memorable places of movies past, invoking a sense of nostalgia.
This nostalgia really comes into play with the emphasis on family that this movie has. It is quite evident that this cast is just as much a family off screen as on, causing you to be completely invested in their character’s fates. We see Letty Ortiz (Michelle Rodriguez) and Dom (Vin Diesel) rekindle their romance, newcomer Jason Statham give the franchise its most formidable villain yet, and Paul Walker’s character retire from the business to dedicate himself to his expanding family.
The ending sequence is a tear jerker because it is the end of an era and a movie that definitely has a finality to it. The whole team is on a beach watching Paul Walker’s character with his new family. Vin Diesel’s character eventually leaves by himself but Paul Walker eventually catches up to him and says “you really thought you were going to leave without saying goodbye,” which immediately set the water works off. They would go for one last ride while Diesel gives a monologue about being brothers and while a montage plays featuring Paul Walker in previous movies in the series. Eventually the two take different roads and the screen turn white with the words “For Paul,” appearing on the screen.
This franchise has set the bar so high for movies like this by not only delivering on the action but having substance that transcends the cars. This movie truly is an homage to an amazing actor and series that has left a huge imprint on this industry.
‘Furious 7’ receives a 5/5
‘Furious 7′ comes to theaters on April 3, 2015 and stars Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Kurt Russell and Jason Statham. The film is directed by James Wan.