“Furious 7” Film Review

The Fast and the Furious series continues to go on and on, even after the death of Paul Walker.

Furious 7 is Walker’s last Fast and the Furious film, and the ending is emotional.  Though overly long, the film still has the fun fast-paced scenes with returning actors that fans have grown to love.  This includes Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez, Tyrese Gibson and more.

This journey takes place where the last film left off with Deckard Shaw (played by Jason Statham) playing the villain.  Deckard is looking for the team who killed his brother, hacking into Hobbs’ (played by Dwayne Johnson) computer to find where everyone is hiding after they were promised by Hobbs that they would be safe.

To begin, Deckard kills off ****SPOILER ALERT**** Han (played by Sung Kang).  At the same time as killing him across the world, Deckard has an explosive package dropped off at Dominic’s (Diesel) house at the same time Brian (Walker), his wife Mia (played by Jordana Brewster) and their son are visiting.  Thankfully they live, and it’s time for the group to get back together so they can track down Deckard.

Deckard ends up screwing up Hobbs, landing him in the hospital.  So he enlists the help of Mr. Nobody (played by Kurt Russell) for the team.  As they all track down Deckard, they fly off to exotic places, drive fast cars and kick some ass.  And in the end, Brian officially “retires,” saying goodbye to the awesome Paul Walker.

The performances are mostly solid all over the board.  Statham is actually the biggest disappointment here with his terrible acting and delivery.  I think this may be one of the worst films that I have ever seen him in.

The story by Chris Morgan (The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five, 47 Ronin) is good, but a little long.  Some of the scenes went on for too long, and even though James Wan (Insidious, The Conjuring) succeeds with direction, it still gets to be too much.  Plus, the special effects are laughable in spots.

Conclusion:

Furious 7 isn’t the best film of the series, but it’s a nice send off to the late & great Paul Walker.  Cutting down on length and choosing a different actor to play the villain would have made this film a lot better.  Rated PG-13.

2 and half diamonds

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