Published on April 3rd, 2015 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
MOVIE REVIEW: Fast & Furious 7
Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew thought they left the criminal mercenary life behind. They defeated an international terrorist named Owen Shaw (Luke Evans) and went their separate ways. But now, Shaw’s brother, Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham) is out killing the crew one by one for revenge. Worse still, a Somalian terrorist called Jakarde (Djimon Hounsou), and a shady government official called “Mr. Nobody” (Kurt Russell) are both competing to steal a computer terrorism program called God’s Eye, which 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 the terrorist and the United States government.
Seven movies in and the Fast & Furious franchise shows no signs of slowing down. It’s bombastic and in your face approach to action and plot are turned up even higher in this film. Starting off slowing, the film reintroduces all the characters again after the last films epic finale but once Jason Statham’s villain enters the fray, he wreaks havoc and puts the team on an edge of your seat thrill ride which will blow your mind.
Also if you thought the action of the last few instalments were outrageous wait till you get a load of what’s on offer here, from the team parachuting out of a plane in their cars or a super-car jumping from building to building in Abu Dhabi, it’s just totally relentless.
Some fans of the series were unhappy when director Justin Lin left after Fast 6 and they hired director James Wan, who has worked mostly on horror films, to take over. Their unhappiness can be dispelled though as he brings everything and more to the franchise, heightening the stakes, the emotion and the carnage.
Speaking of the emotion of the film, the untimely death of one of the leading stars, Paul Walker, hangs high over the film and although some scenes have obvious face replacement in it and others have him shot from a distance or from behind, they do pull off keeping him in the film despite the tragedy of his death. And the way they pay respect to him in the last few minutes is extremely poignant and will bring a tear to the eye of the most hardened of fans.
The rest of the cast are on fine form, Vin Diesel is the father of the group and has some emotive moments with Michelle Rodriguez and they’ve great chemistry together. Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris are a great buddy team, bouncing off each other throughout and have most of the comedic moments in the movie. The Rock is just awesome as always although he’s not in it as much as I hoped; only being in the start and the end of the flick.
Of the new cast members, Kurt Russell is the highlight proving that he can bash heads with both the protagonists and antagonists and come out on top. Djimon Hounsou sadly doesn’t fare as well with just a generic maniacal tyrant who just shouts a lot and his henchman, played my martial arts superstar Tony Jaa, has very limited screen time and doesn’t get the scope to show off his high flying antics. Jason Statham though, who was introduced at the end of the last film, really is a force to be reckoned with and can go toe to toe with both The Rock and Vin Diesel in the fight scenes.
All in all this is a great start to the summer movie season, fans will not be disappointed while non fans will find something to enjoy as well. Get yourself to a cinema now to see it
‘Fast & Furious 7’ is out in cinemas now.
Summary: Vin Diesel gets the gang back for one last ride, a heart racing, high octane and emotionally charged film which will not disappoint.